Chapel Theatre to stage 'The Vampire Tapestry'
+Street Scenes will present "Vampire Tapestry" by Suzy McKee Charnas Dec. 6 through 22 at Chapel Theatre in Milwaukie.
Steven King called it "scary, entertaining, suspenseful ..."
Focusing on the Nebula Award-winning novella "Unicorn Tapestry," it is the story of a psychotherapist, Dr. Floria Landauer, and her troubling relationship with her patient, Dr. Edward Lewis Weyland. At a time when bipolar disorder was referred to as a manic depression and PTSD was referred to as battle fatigue, she struggles to determine the root cause of his delusion that he is a vampire. When she discovers the shoking source, the ultimate confrontation is inevitable.
The play was adapted and will be directed by Tobias Andersen, and promises to be a suspenseful evening of theater. The show has adult content and is not recommended for children.
"I think any time of year is a good time for a psychological thriller," said Michael Streeter. "The show looks at the vampire story from a totally different perspective and digs deep into the in-human psyche."
A review of the play by The Washington Post read: "Charnas' writing is also rich and impressive: She seems equally at home on a college campus, in the office or a profesional therapist, in the emotions of a 14-year-old boy , and in the music and story of Tosca. The novel works on many levels — as pure adventure, as social description, as psychological drama, and as a passionate exploration of the web that links instinct, morality, and culture. It is a serious, startling and revolutionary work, and I recommend it to all comers."
Charnas hopes to attend the opening night performance.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20-$30 and can be purchased online at boxofficetickets.com/go/event?id=331463 or at the door.
Chapel Theatre is at 4107 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie. Learn more online at chapeltheatremilwaukie.com.