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Varney the Vampire or The Feast of Blood - Full Length Play, Melodrama

Varney the Vampire or The Feast of Blood

Tim Kelly, Thomas Prest

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Full Length Play, Melodrama

4m, 8f

ISBN: 9780573691553

Tim Kelly
Based on the melodramatic novel by Thomas Prest
"Kelly savors the conventions of pure entertainment...[He is] among the most produced and crowd pleasing playwrights across the country." - Pasadena Weekly

"Gripping vampire Comedy...Chillingly delightful" - Bunbury Reporter, Australia…

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Full Length Play

Melodrama

This wild and clever spoof is based on a melodramatic novel attributed to Thomas Prest, the creator of Sweeney Todd. In 1900 weary vampire Sir Francis Varney shows up at an inn in Italy. He plans to visit a haunted grotto and ask forgiveness from a lost love whose ghost is doomed to roam the landscape wearing a thin veil over her face. Varney forgets his mission and proceeds to snarl and snap at everyone in sight, especially an English damsel. Varney is shot, stabbed with a wooden stake and hanged. Still he survives! The action gets sillier and sillier (and funnier and funnier) as Inspector Balsadella seeks answers for the strange goings on. The tongue in cheek style is a howl, and there are many optional, corny stage effects as well as a zany cast of characters. Ultimately Varney manages to destroy himself.
"Kelly savors the conventions of pure entertainment...[He is] among the most produced and crowd pleasing playwrights across the country." - Pasadena Weekly

"Gripping vampire Comedy...Chillingly delightful" - Bunbury Reporter, Australia

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4m, 8f

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Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flower at New York's Pocket Theatre, The Trunk and All That Jazz at Boston's Image Theatre, and ... view full profile

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