Just in time to send off spooky season with a shriek, the El Paso Playhouse is staging a horror fiction classic about Count Dracula, one of literature’s most instantly-recognizable characters.

The ghosts insisted, so…

The city's longest running community theater presents "Bram Stroker’s Dracula" October 14 through October 30, and what better place to bring to life a local production of a sort of ghost that walks the night sucking blood from its victims than in one of El Paso's legit haunted spots.

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Paranormal Playhouse

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Like many of the buildings on Montana, the one housing the El Paso Playhouse has stood for decades. It was the Festival Theater then a church before being home to the community theater for 56 years now and counting.

And for just as many of those years, actors and patrons have spoken about the paranormal phenomena experienced there.

Unexplained activity most frequently reported includes hearing footsteps on the staircase when no one is on it, doors opening and shutting on their own, props being moved and placed somewhere else, and disembodied voices and spine-chilling whispers when no other living person is around.

The Ghostly Image

Danny G.
Danny G.

Resident entities are said to include a shadow figure, a female spirit that makes her presence known upstairs where the lighting and sound booth is located, the ghosts of two children who supposedly died by the train tracks that are about a block away, and an apparition believed to be an actor from many years gone by that still calls the Playhouse stage home.

In fact, that very presence showed up in a photo that was taken about 5 years ago. A cast member took a photograph of one of the actors rehearsing and unknowingly captured the ghostly image of the paranormal performer in the background.


Dracula, the Play

Bram Stroker’s Dracula will be staged Fridays through Sundays, October 14– 30. Tickets are $9 - $15 and can be bought in advance online.

Here's how the event post describes the local production:

This new adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker’s famous vampire.

Sounds like it’s got some bite to it. Hi-Yo! Good one, huh? Fangs a lot.

How to Get There

The El Paso Playhouse is located in central El Paso at 2501 Montana Ave.

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