Adapted by Crane Johnson for Dramatists Services Inc.
Directed by Frank Marquette for Theatre on the Road

Freely adapted from the novel by Bram Stoker. In this simply staged, full-length thriller Dracula attempts to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his undead curse, but Professor Van Helsing and the townspeople get in his way. This production ran for a full season at New York's Royal Playhouse and several unique features including a woman playing Van Helsing


"…fascinating…eerily worthwhile…" —NY Times.​

In September 2018 this production enjoyed five sold out performances on Bannerman Island and one sold out performance at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz.

Anna Barton, writing for the Southern Dutchess News called Theatre on the Road's production, “an immersive theater experience” and “all actors performed beautifully”. 

Whiskey Women

Without women, whiskey may not exist. Did you know women have long distilled, marketed, and owned spirits companies? Theatre on the Road brings to life four women who will tell us how they created and saved the whiskey industry. Set in the 1920s, this presentation redefines America's rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Until now their stories have remained untold.

A Christmas Carol

Now in its 19th year, this family show is a tribute to the spirit of a traditional holiday. It allows your guests to experience the joy of Christmas as they are invited to feast with the Cratchit family including Bob, Mrs. Cratchit, Belinda and everyone‘s favorite - Tiny Tim. In scenes right of out Dickens’ classic book, you’ll be treated to visits from Ebenezer Scrooge, his Nephew Fred, the Man of Goodwill, the ghost of Jacob Marley and the three spirits of Christmas. In addition, holiday carolers will entertain at you.

A Taste of Shakespeare

Four classic scenes and timely themes introduced by William Shakespeare himself!

  • Romeo and Juliet: Young lovers battling authority.
  • The Taming of the Shrew: Mature lovers battling each other.
  • Macbeth: The destructive nature of political ambition.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Why do fools fall in love?

A Haunting on the Hudson


We invite you to join us for local tales of treachery, legends and lore staged by ghoulish characters at a haunted venue near you. Part mystery, part history and all spooky this show is site specific and has three actors playing multiple parts. Theatre on the Road's venture into living ghost stories is at times hilarious, at times horrific and always entertaining. Live music included.

Living History Tours

At the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York, the Rhinebeck Cemetery and the Beekman Arms Hotel in Rhinebeck you'll journey back in time and meet some of the most fascinating people who have ever lived, some of whom may still haunt the area! Actors, in period costume, portray historic figures from military heroes to artists, business leaders to servants. With a guide, who may or may not be a ghost, you’ll visit a series of locations, where you’ll encounter stories and characters from the Hudson Valley's celebrated past.

Poe Live!

Edgar Allan Poe, desperate and destitute, has agreed to read from his poems and tales of mystery at your event. During the evening characters from his stories will make surprise appearances and Poe's sanity is tested as each visitor seeks revenge on him. Both entertaining and enlightening, this will prove to be the eve of Poe's mysterious death. This entertaining and educational theater experience is available to school groups, libraries and fundraising events. 

Murder at the Mansion

The year is 1897 and the Vanderbilt family is hosting a summer garden party. You'll mingle with the Vanderbilts and their wealthy neighbors John Jacob Astor IV, his wife Lady Astor, and Percy Longfellow, a Vassar professor. You'll be fussed over by loyal butler Horace, and fortune hunting maid, Charlene. Katherine Kerry, a reporter on the scene, observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder!


“As a tradition my family and I would go every year to NYC to see the production of A Christmas Carol. We moved to Cold Spring five months ago and was very excited to hear we could see the production at the Hudson House. It wasn’t only excellent it was better than the musical in NYC! The actors were professional and the music and costumes were first rate.” – Mary Ann Giocastro, Cold Spring, NY

 “We’ve been to quite a few dinner shows and this one is by far the best we’ve ever seen! Thank you so much. Very enjoyable! Costumes professionally done and actors first rate!” – Rhonda Allen, Hudson, NY

Murder Cafe Radio Theatre

Our companion company Murder Cafe, known primarily for murder mysteries, now offers live performances of class radio drama and comedy. In 2018 we will be staging WAR OF THE WORLDS, the original 1938 broadcast that caused a nationwide panic. It will be presented in period costume and sound effects on Sunday, October 28th at The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, NY and at The Colony in Woodstock on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31st. For information and tickets visit our calendar page.


Murder Me Always

You must remember this....a hard boiled murder mystery set in the 1940s.

Welcome to the Cafe Malta, an oasis for lost souls where Lady de Winter, the cafe's owner, seeks her husband's killer. Grimaldi, a shady doctor and Trigger Dolan his sidekick, are searching for a lost fortune. Cafe singer Laura will be interrupted by a soldier with amnesia. Chandler, the mysterious bartender has no past and the radio just announced Mad Dog Dobbs has escaped from Sing Sing. 

This original play was presented at Mohonk Mountain House in March 2018 as part of their 41st annual murder mystery weekend.