Messages decrying the “evil” content of the play Dracula at the Chetco Pelican Players in Brookings were sprayed last Friday across the theater’s primary signage and promotional vinyl banners.
According to Mary Anne Trailor, who is president of the CCP, performers were rehearsing at the theater the night prior, but when they returned the next day around 3:30 pm they noticed several of the signs promoting the Dracula play had been defaced or torn down.
“Obviously someone is perceiving this play to be evil, but in my opinion whoever did this doesn’t understand what fiction is,” said Trailor. “When someone equates literature to be representative of a true belief system, then if we do a play about Dracula we must believe in vampires.”
Trailor said the damage is likely under a thousand dollars, but her greater concern is the possible perception the culprit may have for upcoming Halloween festivities.
“We are anxious for this person to be found,” she said. “Every year, the Pelican Players host a haunted house and it’s a major fundraiser. I’m worried about what this person may think of trick-or-treaters because this is a person who is obviously not all there.”
Trailor said a police report has been filed, and nearby businesses are checking their cameras for evidence.
In the meantime, Trailor said neither she nor the actors are intimated, and that this version of Dracula written by local playwright Jayden Cornett will continue into the weekend.
“Obviously this person has never come to see our show,” Trailor said. “If they had, they would know that the immortal vampire, at the end of the play, repents for cursing at god and for all that he has done.”
Dracula opened Sept. 24 and has three shows left. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and the last showing will be Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Seats can be reserved in advance by calling 541-661-4237.