By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer

The MacBeth Project continues to partner with Celebration Arts when it presents a production of the dark mystery “Dracula,” Oct. 7-30.

The script was written by Steven Dietz. The show is directed by Khimberly Marshall, who will also take the stage as the title character. “Dracula will seduce you and leave you hungry for more,” she said.

The original gothic tale was written by Bram Stoker in 1897 and full of lust, greed and blood; it became his definitive work. In the local version, Jonathan Harker, a naive real estate agent, travels from the warmth of Louisiana to the cold, dark, mysterious Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania to meet with Count Dracula. When Dracula’s door creaks open it is not the count who emerges, but the even more dangerous countess.

The cast is Naimah Moon as Mina; Katrina Gatlin as Lucy; Conrad Crump as Renfield; Khimberly Marshall as Dracula; Katie Masala as Van Helsing; Darius Jackson as Seward; Derek Dozier as Harker; Rhonda Anderson as Julia; Jordan Simpson as Bram; Sharia Mitchell as the Strange Woman; and Nikita Clark and Valerie Lynn Byrd as the Vixens.

Marshall said audiences can expect to experience a “world of evil temptation” that will “transfix them from first bite.”

The cast and crew invite audiences to a special Halloween gala following the show Oct. 29. The gala includes contests for best costume, raffle prizes and Halloween treats.

This production is for more mature audiences and includes depictions that simulate violent blood, gore, fog, and strobe effects. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Celebration Arts is at 2727 B St. For more information, call 916-455-2787. Tickets are available at