PUSH Physical Theatre Brings DRACULA to Life for Halloween: Groundbreaking Work gets World Premiere at Geva Theatre

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Rochester, NY's award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre continues to push artistic boundaries with its gravity-defying, cutting-edge adaptation of Bram Stoker's Gothic novel, Dracula, just in time for Halloween.

like regular theatre...but more painful.

Award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre has been pushing the boundaries of conventional theatre since it was founded in Rochester, NY by husband-and-wife directors and performers, Darren and Heather Stevenson, in 2000.

From Darren's award-winning** 1998 piece, "The Soldier," in which he transforms from a boy playing baseball into a soldier on the battlefield, to May's recent world premiere of "Flight 1549," which recreates that miraculous Hudson River landing accompanied by its cockpit audio tape, PUSH keeps pushing past our preconceptions.

Currently (and with tongue firmly in cheek), the couple characterizes the six-member company as "like regular theatre...but more painful." Its physical feats are awe-inspiring, but the cherry on top of this acrobatic sundae is PUSH's ability to grab hold of audiences' emotions through exceptional storytelling.

The story that PUSH will be telling later this month -- just in time for Halloween -- in Rochester's Geva Theatre Center's Nextstage (for 16 performances October 23 - November 8) is a daring adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic novel, "Dracula." With the addition of respected Rochester actor and writer, Danny Hoskins, "Dracula" is not only an experiment in true collaboration, but a consious departure from the company's usual "silent treatment." Creative music and sound design have always been an integral part of PUSH - as they are in Sound Designer Dan Roach's brilliant soundscape for "Dracula" - but the word, beyond Darren Stevenson's entertaining curtain speeches, has always been mum...until now.

"Combining our physical theatre with Danny's excellent acting and writing talents has resulted in something that's quite possibly groundbreaking - I certainly have never seen anything quite like this before," says Director Darren Stevenson.

PUSH not only uses its physicality to play the story's characters, but incredilby tranforms itself into set pieces, props, creatures and more. Hoskins is Renfield, through whose insane eyes the story is told, with the production's only spoken lines.

Please visit http://www.pushtheatre.org for "Dracula" video previews (or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9T-Wm_kv_U), updates and blogs. Call 585-232-4382 or visit http://www.gevatheatre.org to purchase $20 general admission tickets.

Darren and Heather Stevenson are the 2009 Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester's 2009 Performing Artist of the Year Award winners. PUSH has toured the U.S. and England, as has been profiled on PBS and NPR. **They received the Anton Germano Dance Award in February from the "Community of Color" Black History Month World Culture Celebration.

Media, please note: Many high-resolution photos of "Dracula" are available, and interviews and photo/footage opportunities may be arranged.


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