In 1984, Stephen Geoffreys (Herr Knock) was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award for his performance in Joseph Papp's The Human Comedy. He appeared in several horror and teen films in the eighties, most notably Heaven Help Us and 976-EVIL. In 1986, he co-starred with Christopher Walken and Sean Penn in the critically acclaimed drama At Close Range. Geoffreys is best known for playing the Renfield- esque "Evil Ed" in the 1985 vampire horror classic Fright Night, directed by Tom Holland and starring Roddy McDowall, William Ragsdale, and Chris Sarandon.
Carlyle Owens (Count Orlock) is a classically trained Shakespearean actor who has appeared regionally at Shakespeare and Company, The Great Lakes Theater Festival, and the McCarter Theater, as well as in a number of New York productions. He is a founding member of Raconteur Radio, a traveling troupe that stages theatrical performances of vintage and original radio plays for live audiences. Favorite RR roles include Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes & The Final Problem, Holly Martins in The Third Man, Carl Phillips in War of the Worlds, and Britt Reid in The Green Hornet. Upcoming RR roles include Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby and Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. He reprises his role as Orlock from the original workshop production.
William Ragsdale (Dr. Wolfgang Heinz) is best known for playing the teen vampire slayer, Charley Brewster, in the 1985 horror vampire classic, Fright Night (and Fright Night II), and Herman Brooks in the sitcom Herman's Head (1991-94). On Broadway, he played Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues. Most recently, Ragsdale appeared as Gary Hawkins on the first three seasons of Justified (2010 - 2012).
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Phelan Tupik (Thomas Hutter) reprises his role from the original workshop production.
Jane Hardy (Innkeeper; Ensemble) is a founding member of Raconteur Radio, a traveling troupe that stages theatrical performances of vintage and original radio plays. Favorite RR roles include Gertrude Stein in Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein and Leona
Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number.
Upcoming RR roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and Mrs. Danvers in
Rebecca. Other performances include Shirley Jackson in a staged
reading/premiere of an original one woman show about the author, and the sadistic Dr. Brodsky in the Raconteur Ventures production of A Clockwork Orange (also directed by Dawson). Hardy reprises her role from the 2012 workshop production.
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Michael Jarmus (Mayor; Ensemble) played a key supporting role in Dung Dot... (Don’t Burn It), Vietnam’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2010 Academy Awards. Also in film he had supporting roles in Nothing Sacred and Leeds Point. On stage he appeared recently at Lincoln Center as Boris Karloff and others in Jeepers Creepers, It’s Boris Karloff! In Raconteur Radio's ongoing re-creations of vintage radio plays he has been seen as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Harry Lime in The Third Man, Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Professor Pierson in The War of The Worlds and Various Characters in The Marx Brothers: Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel and The Green Hornet. Michael has portrayed King Arthur in Camelot, Dracula in Passion of Dracula, Carl Phillips and others in the 50th anniversary of The War of The Worlds. For the past several years has performed The War of the Worlds as a one-man show. Michael’s other work includes television and radio commercials, narrations, audio books, film, video game characters and over forty years on radio as a music and talk host. He reprises his role from the 2012 workshop production
The play’s original Musical Score is by Bruce Donnola. In addition to his own recordings, and a tour of Italy, his songs have been recorded by numerous artists including Shawn Colvin and Blues Traveler's John Popper. Bruce co-wrote "Something Sweet" for John Popper, which is the first single off his 2011 album, John Popper and the Duskray Troubadors; Popper recently performed it with the Troubadours on Lopez Tonight.
Dan Diana (Make-up/Additional Design/Producer) is a graduate of the Douglas
School’s Tom Savini Special Make Up Effects Program. Past
collaborations with Dawson include The Raconteur’s Haunted Bookshop and
St. Krampolus, creating make-up for man-roach Gregor Samsa, a weedy and
barnacled Captain Ahab, Mary Shelley’s jigsaw behemoth, and a Nordic
ram-horned Kris Kringle (respectively).
Alex Dawson (Writer/Director/Designer/Producer) is an award-winning playwright and the former artistic director of the Manhattan theater company, Bon Bock Productions (1998 - 2003). He has written and designed fifteen plays for the New York stage. Dubbed an "Angry Young Man" by The Village Voice, his theatrical work has been called "Rich and haunting" by nytheatre.com, "gritty and lyrical" by Show Business Weekly, "compelling and tragic" by The Star-Ledger, and “Spooky as sh*t!" by Pulitzer Prize nominee/New York Times critic David Gates. He is an Overall Excellence Award winner (The New York International Fringe Festival) and a Critic's Choice Award winner (The Off, Off Broadway Review). His work has been translated into French and German and produced in Paris and Munich. From 2004 - 2012, Dawson was the owner of The Raconteur, the late and legendary bookshop and performance venue. He is the founder of both Raconteur Radio and Raconteur Ventures, under whose auspices he directed the theatrical premieres, Nosferatu: The First Vampyre and A Clockwork Orange. Dawson has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and is the author of The Rapscallion Club, a forthcoming archeological adventure series for all ages.
Raconteur Ventures is an extension of The Raconteur, the late NJ bookstore. The Raconteur has been called a "literary center of gravity," an "avant-garde cultural center," and a "family friendly guerrilla street-theater emporium" by The New York Times, an "amazing" and "incredible institution" by The Huffington Post, a "literary sanctuary" by the London Guardian, a "literary landmark" by Time Out New York, and "marvelous...a museum of oddities" by The Star-Ledger.
Tim Sullivan (Presenting Producer) is known for a wide variety of modern horror films, most significantly cult favorite 2001 Maniacs and its popular follow-up, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams. Beginning his career as a New Jersey teenager pumping fake blood for 80's splatter classic The Deadly Spawn, Sullivan moved to Los Angeles where he worked in development at New Line Cinema, co-producing such films as Detroit Rock City. Sullivan gained additional notoriety as celebrity director of Vh1's hit series "Scream Queens", as well as creator and host of "Shock N Roll", his weekly talk and video blog on leading web network Fearnet.
Recently re-joining forces with DRC director Adam Rifkin for the comedy/horror anthology Chillerama, Sullivan contributed the musical segment "I Was a Teenage Werebear" (soon to be a full length stage musical). A variety of projects produced through Sullivan's production entity, New Rebellion Entertainment, are in the works, including The Poet in Exile, a stirring drama based on The Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek's bestselling novel about his life with Jim Morrison.
Tom Holland (Presenting Producer) is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 and the Robert Bloch-inspired Psycho II (starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates). His directorial debut was the popular 1980s vampire film, Fright Night, which is said to have been responsible for redefining the sub-genre, influencing later films like The Lost Boys and Near Dark. The film was a box office hit and garnered three Saturn Awards and one Dario Argento Award.
His next project, Child's Play, was a Number One box-office hit in America and a worldwide success. It, like Fright Night, has since gathered a powerful cult following. Tom then went onto direct two films based upon adaptations of Stephen King's novels: The Langoliers and Thinner. He also took a cameo role in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand. Early in his career, he starred in A Walk in the Spring Rain with Ingrid Bergman and in 2009 Tom took a starring role in Hatchet II alongside Kane Hodder and Tony Todd. His company, Dead Rabbit Films, co-produced the 2012 Fright Night reboot starring Colin Ferrell. Holland is presently at work on the film version of Stephen King's Ten O'Clock People.