The following is an excerpt from “Allan Louis Nails Dracula at the Shaw Festival,” my review of the Shaw Festival’s 2017 production of Liz Lochhead’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. (Photo¬†of Allan Louis as Dracula by Emily Cooper)

“In pop culture successes such as the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, bloodsuckers come in all shades. But traditional storytelling portrays Dracula specifically as ghostly pale. For some audiences, seeing Allan Louis, a black man, in a typically white role could be merely a side note to a quality performance, but for those versed in the horror genre, it might have been revolutionary.”

Read the complete review here.