DRACULA, the Mina Harker Journals
by R. Dutch Fritz
(7 – 10 women, 8 – 10 men, 1 boy [or girl]; some doubling possible
Mina (Murray] Harker ---a woman, mid 20’s, a teacher & writer
Jonathan Harker --- her fiancé/husband, late 20’s - 30’s, a solicitor
Quincy A A C Harker --- son of Mina & Jonathan at 7 yrs. old
Lucy Westenra --- Mina’s childhood friend, mid 20’s,
Arthur Holmwood ---Lucy’s fiancé, late 20’s, adventurer, son of land-owner/ Gentlemann rancher/owner of Holmwood Cattle Import/Export Co.
Madam Elizabeth Westenra --- Lucy and Dr. Seward’s mother, 50’s, widow
Quincy P. Morris --- Arthur’s older half brother & fellow adventurer, 30’s, runs cattle ranch in America for Holmwood Import/Export Co.
Dr. Catherine (Westenra) Seward --- Lucy’s older sister, 30’s, widow, runs asylum cofounded with late husband Dr. John Seward.
Mr. Richard M. Renfield --- Dr. Seward’s patient, 30 - 40’s, served in British army India service, later a travel writer & agent for shipping co.
Dr. Abraham Van Helsing --- Seward’s mentor, teacher, friend, 50’s, metaphysician,
Professor from Holland, a widower
Dr. Hennessey --- Dr. Seward’s attending physician & partner at asylum, late 30’s
Count Dracula --- 400 yr. old vampire, once proud and tyrannical ruler on the Romanian/Hungarian border. Night dweller & shape-shifter
3 Female wraiths/vampires --- in thrall to Dracula, alluring, dangerous, hungry
Ensemble --- Inn keeper, Attendant, Ship’s crew, Coastguards man, Reporter, Dock agent, Gypsies.
Quincy A A C Harker --- son of Mina & Jonathan at 40 yrs. old
Time and Place
1905 - Aboard train from London to Southampton, England
1897 - Carpathian Mts., Whitby and London, England
1938 - Aboard Train from Southampton to London, England
First it should be noted that it is this author’s intent that wherever possible there should be a Steampunk esthetic throughout. The settings need to remain fluid, very much like memory, very few easily defined, hard edges, but those that are should feel sharp; dangerous. There needs to be an almost ever-present and indefinable sense of danger or evil, like an impending storm. Scenes need to flow smoothly, sometimes overlapping. Critical settings include Harker’s room at Castle Dracula, Renfield’s cell, Lucy’s bedchamber and guest apartment at asylum. Others can be implied with bits of furniture, walk-on set pieces, projections or sound environments.