One of our most accomplished Rochester writers is more known for his work on stage at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro. Scott Dixon has played leading roles in "The Three Musketeers,’ "Blithe Spirit," "Arcadia," and "The Master Builder." He’s such a versatile character actor that he wore a dress, and wore it well, for one of the three roles he inhabited in "Sylvia". In February, Dixon was on stage with Stela Burdt in "Love Letters," a rare chance for the husband and wife to share the spotlight.

He’s a fine actor, yes, but at his core Dixon is a writer. He’s written six full-length plays and several shorter scripts. His "Last Call," wherein a poor soul finds herself at a water bar in Hades, was a featured work at the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition. His "Nutcracker and the Mouse King" is my wife’s Commonweal favorite. "A Midnight Dreary" pulled the audience into the fevered dreams of Edgar Allan Poe’s last hours on earth.

Dixon also writes short fiction, using that form to refresh himself. His collection of stories, "Beyond Midnight," has garnered glowing reviews on Amazon. Dixon sets a high standard for his own writing, saying, "Great stories remind us the world neither starts nor stops at our doorstep. It’s in that moment of considering other possibilities when we take a step to being the best human being we can be."

Dixon and his family and his extended family of friends have been dealing with his colon cancer diagnosis for over a year. The treatment has limited his ability to express his creativity as an actor but has focused him on writing, where Dixon said he’s felt himself "blossom."

Gothic horror, and Halloween, and creepy crawlies of all flavors have long captured Dixon’s imagination. That monsters come to life in his writing is no surprise. It’s a tendency that leaves his mother Carol endearingly aggravated that her son does not write "nicer" stories. Nevertheless, the play "Dracula: Prince of Blood" will be opening soon on the Commonweal stage.

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Bram Stoker’s novel "Dracula" has been transformed into countless movies, graphic novels, and even board games. Bringing it to the stage required a writer with the confidence to tackle an archetypical tale. I attended "Prince of Blood’s" first formal reading — seven actors, script in hand, sitting in chairs. Even though I knew the story well and the performance lacked a set, costumes and sound design, I found myself, time and again, leaning forward in my seat. Dixon has penned a powerful enchantment -- suspenseful, sexy, and scary.

This playwright has not yet directed any of his own plays. This leaves his personal visions in the hands of other artists, he said.

Hal Cropp, who directed "A Midnight Dreary" and co-wrote an adaptation of "Little Women" with Dixon and Stef Dickens, calls Dixon a "great collaborator." That collaboration takes many forms. For the price of a few pizzas, Dixon has often coerced his fellow actors into reading aloud his works in progress. That in-house advantage, he notes with glee, causes a green flush of envy in other playwrights.

And with "Dracula: Prince of Blood," the Commonweal’s actors have had Dixon present to quiz during rehearsal.

That’s a very good thing, as it turns out.

"I did not hand them an easy script!" Dixon said.

Get yourself to the Commonweal to experience "Dracula: Prince of Blood". The crew and cast are throwing themselves into the production. I expect we’ll be talking about Dixon’s play for years to come.

The bloodsucking count has been revamped time and time again. Here are some of his previous iterations.

Dracula (1931)

Bela Lugosi’s mesmerizing portrayal is iconic - not just because it was the first time Dracula was adapted to film.

Sesame Street (1972-present)

Count von Count, or simply "The Count," is addicted to tallying, not blood. Pretty harmless, as vampires go.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

It may not have the best acting, but this adaptation certainly maxed out its setting and costuming budgets. Transylvania has never looked so luxurious.

Dracula 2000 (2000)

Before the Cullens moved to Forks, there was this extremely turn-of-the-century Wes Craven makeover of the Dracula story, starring Gerard Butler. Come for the Indiana Jones-lite opening, stay for the weirdly ambitious Biblical origin story.

The Hotel Transylvania franchise (2016-present)

Dracula runs a hotel hotspot for other iconic monsters in this Sony riff on pretty much all of the classic monster movies.