On the Dark Side of Twilight


What impact does classic gothic literature have upon contemporary society?  David Hansen’s world premiere one-act drama explores the evolution of the classic vampire myth, from its literary origins in John Polidori’s “The Vampyre,” through Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” Anne Rice’s “Interview With A Vampire,” and concluding with Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight.”  An homage to four pivotal moments in the history of classic vampire literature, taken as a whole the play describes a complete, two century epic centering around the character of Aubrey Porlock.



“Hansen -- who, in addition to being a pretty good playwright and actor, is also something of a Nosferatu-phile -- traces a vampire's journey through the decades by linking and lovingly lampooning the stories of Polidori, Stoker, Rice and Meyer. The result, far from being a typically "educational" night in the theater, is hysterical, campy fun.”

  1. -Tony Brown, The Plain Dealer

"Full of suspense, romance, drama and lots of laughs!"

  1. -Dan Shaurette
    Out of the Coffin podcast

Great Lakes Theater 2010 Surround Outreach Tour

First Performance:

February 16, 2010

The Alcazar, Cleveland Hts.

Cast: 2 M, 1 W

Genre: Satire, Suspense

Running Time:  60 min.


Pictured: Emily Elizabeth Pucell, Dusten Welch and David Hansen.

contact: pengo (at) davidhansen (dot) org