It’s always so much fun to sit down with Ira David Wood III (David) and Ira David Wood IV (Ira), mostly because the father-son pair have such good stories to tell. I’m also never quite sure where the conversation is going to go with these two, and that’s exactly what happened when I sat down with them to discuss DRACULA. We ended up talking about a sequel to A CHRISTMAS CAROL, FROZEN 2, and of course, DRACULA, which Ira stars in and David directs. David also adapted Bram Stoker’s classic story for the Theatre in the Park stage. For more information on DRACULA or the public sale of tickets to this year’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, visit https://www.theatreinthepark.com.
About the Guests
Ira David Wood III is the founder and artistic director of Theatre in the Park, an institution that has often been credited with raising the bar of theatrical excellence in the Triangle area. David has managed to accumulate impressive film and television credits, having appeared on-screen with such stars as Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Neil Patrick Harris, Cliff Robertson, Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds, and Louise Fletcher. Though his list of acclaimed theatre roles is unrivaled in our area, he is probably best known and loved for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in his own musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. With three international tours to its credit, as well as having played to over one million people over the past 44 years, the production is now cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theater history.” David is also the author of A Lover’s Guide To The Outer Banks, Confessions Of An Elf, and The Russian Galatea.
Ira David Wood IV made his first stage appearance as an infant in his father’s 1984 production of A Christmas Carol. Since then he has been seen on television (including as an accomplice on Punk’d), as well as in feature films. Ira taught acting at the prestigious acting studio “The Shop” in North Hollywood, California. His directing credits for Theatre in the Park include Romeo and Juliet, starring his sister Evan Rachel Wood. Noises Off, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Psycho Beach Party. In 2010, Ira played Old Tom, a leading role in the Tony Award-winning show The Lost Colony. While his father was recovering from open-heart surgery in 2010, Ira stepped in the role of Scrooge. He now alternates playing the role with his father.
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