If history's most iconic vampire impersonators were to convene, it's easy to imagine Max Schreck, Bela Lugosi, and Christopher Lee grumbling over the moodiness of modern bloodsuckers. The three actors, after all, founded their bloodthirsty characterizations on wickedly depraved fiendishness. In the years since, of course, the popular image of the vampire has undergone a startlingly sympathetic makeover, from the perpetually dejected immortals of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles to the de-fanged, lovesick vamps of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. Inquiring into the sullenness of contemporary vamps, acclaimed humorist Joseph Scrimshaw plans to inhabit the doleful role of a preternaturally depressed creature of the night. In an inspired twist, Scrimshaw's vampire is a standup comic, a profession already replete with mockery and insecurity. Like comedians everywhere, his melancholy vamp will attempt to connect with the tragic humor of everyday life; albeit from the perspective of the clinically depressed undead. A solo piece written and performed entirely by Scrimshaw, The Sad Vampire Comedy Hour marks a break from the humorist's numerous collaborations of recent years. The end result should allow free range for him to ponder the ennui of eternal life by holding a mirror up to our own fixations. Will any reflection be cast? And more importantly, can audiences be trusted not to drive a stake through this weepy unbeating heart?
Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 13. Continues through April 28, 2012