Peer into the shadows with Dean Verger’s telling of the chilling, classic tale of Dracula, an ancient darkness that descends upon the living and the naively courageous who trust in the light of love and loyalty. This version of the original 1897 story by Bram Stoker will be accompanied by 16th century music on the mandolin, played by the storyteller himself.
Lurking in the dark recesses of Dean Verger’s mind was Dracula, the novel. Modern interpretations of vampires transmogrifya blood thirsty monster into a sensuous lover. Vampires are no longer objects of fear for the new generation. Dean’s retelling of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic tale of horror revisits the original novel, stake firmly in hand.
Dean has played his part in the Ottawa Art scene, both on and in front of the stage. As owner of Rasputin’s he hosted thousands of performers from across Canada and around the world. Dean has acted with Ottawa's Theater for Children, Orpheus, and Ottawa Little Theater. As a storyteller, he has appeared at Centrepointe Theater, the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage, Arts Court, and the Museum of Nature. He has performed on radio and television, and across Canada at festivals, in schools, cafés, and libraries.
After seeing Jan Andrews and Jennifer Cayley tell epic tales, Dean was inspired. He developed and performed a telling of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. And then, a behemoth of a tail rose out of the waters. Dean had found his white whale: Moby Dick.
These days, when not performing, Dean Verger teaches the Psychology of Creativity at Carleton University.