Performance for school groups: February 8, 2013 Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $18 (front orchestra/front mezzanine)...$12 (rear orchestra)
Created for the 2009 Poe Bicentennial, this original two-person production is both horrifying and humorous, overflowing with poetry, riffs, ghosts and morbid prose floating in an atmospheric setting. In a masterful blending of actor and musician, Poe’s classic poems and short stories are complemented by musical lines and retorts from a reactive electric guitar, improvising responses to (and with) the text. Using first-person narration, the actor portrays a distinct and separate character for each piece, while the guitar provides underscoring and effects that echo man’s descent into madness.
Founded in 1979, the Coterie Theatre is a professional Equity theatre based in Kansas City, Missouri, and is ranked among the top five theatres serving families and young audiences in the United States (Time magazine). Tell-Tale Electric Poe was conceived and adapted for the stage by Coterie producing artistic director Jeff Church and actor Bruce Roach, with live music played and composed by Rex Hobart.
Introduction to the Performance (6:15 pm): Dr. James Baumlin, Professor of English, Missouri State UniversityRelated Links: