Walton Arts Center continues their 2015-16 Coca- Cola Night Out Series with L.A. Theatre Works: Bram Stroker’s Dracula on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 pm. Ticket prices range from $19 to $39 plus applicable fees and can be purchased by calling Walton Arts Center’s Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Bram Stoker’s novel of 1897, “Dracula” was published with little popular fanfare. Critics, however, praised the author and put Stoker in the category of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe. But audiences didn’t immediately flock to the tale of an otherworldly being that feeds off the blood of others to preserve eternal life, until the early-1900s when the story generated enormous press for the title. Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle and others made invasion stories during the height of British colonialism popular, but Stoker’s “Dracula” was like nothing the world had seen. This gothic horror is a classic for all time and has spawned hundreds of spin-offs in popular culture from Twilight to True Blood.

In this acclaimed adaptation, Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power and only one man – the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. To do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake – setting up an epic confrontation of good versus evil. Over the years, the story of Dracula has been used as commentary in modern studies of psychology, women’s issues and colonialism, while never losing its place as one of the greatest horror stories ever told.

L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for more than two decades. L.A. Theatre Works is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, streamed online at www.latw.org and aired internationally on BBC, CBC and many other British networks. LATW has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. On the road, LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in over 300 towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai. An L.A. Theatre Works performance of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is immediate and spontaneous, features a first-rate cast, live sound effects and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting.