The site is really quite impressive. Built by some rich dude who’s decedents donated it to the whole place to the Forest Service. It’s got over 100 acres and tons of atmosphere for this time of year. The forest service did a great job setting the place up and marking the trail from the parking area to the mansion with jack-o-lanterns. A full moon on a cool, clear fall night topped off the Halloween factor.
The performance was in a dramatic reading format which I had seen before and was quite interesting. Everyone had binders with the dialog, although the…readers?…actors?…(I’m not sure of the proper term) knew most of their lines and only occasionally referred to the text. Just about all of the performers were amateurs, holding down ‘proper’ jobs but they did a stellar job and looked like they were having a lot of fun. The guys who played Butterfield and Renfield were standouts. One of the actors is in an indie movie called “Night of the Ambien Zombies” (a trailer starts immediately when you open the site and it contains scenes NSFW).
They were part of a group called the American Readers Theatre. Check them out if you get a chance.