Get ready for lots of drama this weekend — and we don’t mean the chair-throwing, expletive-filled Jerry Springer kind. This week sees the premieres of no less than half a dozen performances on local stages. So grab a date and get thee to a theater.

South of Broadway presents I Ought to Be in Pictures, which opens Thurs. Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 23 at the company studios in Park Circle. Written by Neil Simon, the play follows a young girl (played by Maggie Borden) who shows up on her screenwriter father’s doorstep in L.A. demanding that he get her into the movies. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

  • Strangers on a Train

Over in Mt. P, the Village Playhouse presents Strangers on a Train: The Radio Play, which opens Friday. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith and the classic film by Alfred Hitchcock, the play imagines what would happen if two strangers swapped murders. Robbie Thomas directs and the cast includes Noah Smith, Christian Self, Charley Boyd, Abby Kammeraad Campbell, Aly Howard, Samille Basler, Nick Smithson, Mathew Gierraitis, and Steve Fordham. Tickets range from $15-$27.

For something a little creepier, head out to the islands for Creative Spark’s annual production of Edgar Allan Poe: Back from the Grave on Saturday. Set in Fort Moultrie, where Poe actually served a brief stint, the event features vignettes from local actors and musicians. Tickets are $30 in advance, but spring for the $55 VIP option for pre-show cocktails and post-show dessert.

In a similar vein, Charleston Stage’s Dracula opens at the Dock Street on Friday. It stars Gabriel Wright, who we featured as “One to Watch” in our Fall Arts Guide. Tickets range from $22-$48.

PURE Theatre wraps up its production of Time Stands Still this weekend. Our reviewer raved, “PURE’s four-person cast is outstanding, with a strong chemistry that must be born of mutual trust.”

If you’re more into toe shoes than theater, the Charleston Ballet Theatre presents Jill Bahr’s original production of Don Quixote Saturday and Sunday. Also on Saturday, the Columbia City Ballet Company presents Off the Wall and onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green at the Gaillard.