Date: Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Master of the Macabre Comes to Life for this One-Time Reading! Come Celebrate the end of Valentine’s Day — by burying it alive!
Edgar Allan Poe once wrote that the death of a beautiful woman is the most poetical topic in the world. See if he was right as Poe himself returns to life to read from the works that best display that thin line between love and death — including “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.”“Edgar Allan Poe: Love and Death” will be as the least traditional way to spend Valentine’s Day! Presented at the Irma Freeman Center on Saturday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m., admission for the performance is $6 per person, or $10 for couples. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Many of Poe’s works feature a beautiful woman dying tragically, often violently. In addition to reading a selection of these works, the author will explain his reasoning for his macabre themes. The reading includes both poetry and prose and highlights both well-known and lesser-known works. After the reading, Mr. Poe will host a question and answer period with those in attendance – for as long as his spirit allows him to stay earthbound.
Edgar Allan Poe is portrayed in this one-man performance by literary historian and playwright Rob Velella. He has been performing in-character as Poe for several years, notably on a three state cemetery tour ever October. He has been interviewed, as Poe, on National Public Radio’s “Here and Now” program. He also portrays the young poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne in his ongoing efforts to revive writers of the past for readers of today.
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