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A comedic mashup of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', coming to the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2013.
Neal Freeman
New York, New York
United States
2 Team Members

Lord, what food these mortals be!  Bram Stoker’s Dracula collides with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a puckishly ‘biting’ woodland mashup where no ruffled neck is safe. Join us, if you dare, for the ORIGINAL douchey teen vampire drama.  The Nightmare 'Dream' comes to the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2013, presented by Bloody Shakespeare.


The play, approximately 50 minutes in length, uses text only from the two source works.  Writer/director Neal J. Freeman's original plan was to develop a Midsummer production with a gothic horror setting, to give a playful wink to the idea that the Elizabethans thought of "fairies" in a much more sinister way than we are accustomed to.  Upon beginning to locate the Shakespeare characters within a horror universe, Freeman discovered surprising parallels to the characters in Stoker's Dracula, and The Nightmare 'Dream' was born!


Bloody Shakepseare is Neal J. Freeman and producer Heather Siobhan Curran.  We worked together for three years as Executive Director and Artistic Director of Brooklyn's acclaimed The Gallery Players and collaborated there on over a dozen productions.  Having left the organization in May 2012, we are excited to renew our collaboration on the world premiere of The Nightmare 'Dream'.


We are working from a budget of $7,500 for this festival production.  The largest part of this goes to paying the actors and creative team for their work, per the terms of the Actors' Equity Association agreement with FringeNYC.  Your contribution here assures we have enough left over to pay for costumes, rehearsal space, and the many other miscellaneous expenses needed to get us to the finish line! 


We are excited to offer illustrations by Michael C. Malbrough (who illustrated our logo) as perks for our higher level donors.  Mike will take a photo you provide (of you or another person) and "mash it up" with a horror icon of your choice (Dracula, Frankenstein, whatever you choose) to create a custom caricature just for you! View samples of Mike's work.


More about us:  Neal is a member of SDC and holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College and a BA in Theater Arts from Cornell University.  His play A Letter from Bataan was a 2012 and 2013 semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Center National Playwrights Conference.  As Artistic Director of The Gallery Players from 2003-2012, Heather directed, produced, or executive produced dozens of shows during her tenure, earning the theater over two dozen New York Innovative Theater Awards and nominations. She is currently on the board of New York Theatre Barn developing new works and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.


Thank you for considering making a donation, and helping us produce the world premiere of this brand new play!


Neal & Heather


Can't donate?  Please consider joining our email list, becoming a fan on Facebook, and most of all, coming to see the show!

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  • $10USD

    Our hearty thanks!

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  • $20USD
    Enhanced Mortal

    Above plus 1 admission to our benefit party on Monday June 24th from 6-8pm at Perdition NYC.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD

    Above plus mention in the show program as a supporter of Bloody Shakespeare.

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  • $50USD
    Junior Vampire

    All of the above plus a signed program from the cast.

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  • $100USD
    Assistant Vampire

    All of the above plus two tickets to The Nightmare 'Dream' (performance schedule pending).

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  • $200USD
    Associate Vampire

    All of the above plus an invitation to a rehearsal hall run-thru of the show in New York City, and a chance to have a drink with the cast and team afterwards.

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  • $300USD
    Full Vampire

    All of the above plus a black-and-white sketch by artist Michael C. Malbrough mashing together your photo with a horror icon of your choice, delivered electronically.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Executive Vampire

    All perks through Associate Vampire plus a full-color illustration by artist Michael C. Malbrough mashing together your photo with a horror icon of your choice, delivered on high quality heavy paper.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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