WHO, WHERE and WHY
The idea for DRAGULA was conceived after Mr. Long and Mr. Kastrinos read an article about an innocent victim being severely beaten in the Village for merely choosing to live an alternate lifestyle. Feeling they had to make a statement about this kind of injustice, they decided to make their statement through the venue of musical theatre and the idea for DRAGULA was born. Using humor and music, while doing their best to convey the tale with sensitivity, the message of DRAGULA is clear: If it’s not hurting anyone, it’s all right to live any lifestyle you wish.
WRITER
John Arthur Long has been involved in theater all his life, and has directed dozens of dramas and musicals. He is also a writer of several novels including his most recent, THE HARVARD MAN, and EVE OF REGRESSION , a worldwide best-seller. He has also written several plays and musicals including being co-author of CONSPIRACY, a musical of the famous Chicago 7 Trial, and the original children’s musical, THE TOUCH OF KINDNESS: The Legend of the Tooth Fairy, which Liz Smith called “delightful” and which has become a bestselling children’s book soon to be released with music and narrated by Mr. Long from Audible.
WRITER
Having directed at Hofstra University, Dowling College and the State University of New York at Farmingdale, Ted Kastrinos was also one of the founders and former co-owners of Take-One Theatre on Long Island where he served as artistic director for 12 years. Throughout his theatrical career, he has directed in excess of 150 plays, musicals, one-act festivals and musical revues. For the past 29 years, he has stage managed the Seiskaya Ballet Company’s performances at the Staller Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Ted has been awarded the prestigious New York English Council Theatre Excellence Award, the Long Island Educational Theatre Association Award and a Suffolk County Proclamation for Service to Theatre.

 

DRAGULA AND INFIELD
DIRECTOR
Director Kirk Gostkowski is Co-Artistic Director of Variations Theatre Group, which recently opened the black box theatre complex in Long Island City, NY called The Chain Theatre. He appeared in the Chain’s first season in AFTER THE FALL and Some Girls and directed Venus and Mona. Kirk also serves as Festival Director for the annual Chain NYC Film Festival. Some of his past theatre credits include: Fool For Love (VTG), The Shape of Things (VTG), Othello (Secret Theatre), Hamlet (Secret Theatre) True West (SCC). He is the founder of the independent film production company Running On Faith Productions and recently made his directorial debut with the film Leave Me Behind, which was featured in ten film festivals across the world, won awards and has received a distribution deal. He also appeared as one of the leads in the Indie film The Ridley Project. For more information visit www.kirkgostkowski, com

 

ARRANGER AND COMPOSER
Rich Iacona, arranger and pianist extraordinaire, is one of the finest arrangers in the tri-state area with credits which include composing, arranging and/or performing with celebrities like Julius LaRosa, John Pizzerelli, Jr. Madeline Kole, Ray Alexander, Tommy Tune, Liza Minelli, Diahan Caroll, Vic Damone, Chuck Berry, Leslie Uggams, Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, Kathy Lee Gifford, Paquito D’Rivera, Celine Dion and many, many more. Rich has also appeared and performed in movies like Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite” and played pre-recorded tracks for “Sabrina.” In addition Rich was staff arranger for The Rainbow Room and is the Leader of “The Bad Little Big Band” to name just a few of his hundreds of credits. We couldn’t be prouder to have Rich Iacona contributing his astonishing musical talents to DRAGULA The Musical.
The Chain Theatre is located at 21-28 45th Road, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 / www.chaintheature.org / info@chaintheatre.org
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