Looking for the right way to give director Ken Sawyer what he asked for in a design for a new staging of the venerable Dean and Balderston adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula—“some sort of piece of art that captures the feel of the romantic era”—set designer Desma Murphy came across Henry Fuseli’s 1781 painting The Nightmare. “It seemed the essence of a woman who has succumbed to a creature” she says. It became the spark from which an entire production sprang. The Nightmare is now on view ...
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