Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon a Midnight - Starring John Astin

Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon a Midnight is a one man play starring John Astin as Edgar Allan Poe. Astin said, of why he wanted to do a play on Poe, "I feel that Poe, through his own tortured existence, gained deep insight into the nature of the universe, along with an intense love and appreciation for life itself. Through this play I want to share that impression with others."

The Play

The story is told through Poe's eyes, as he narrates his own life to the audience. He tells of his childhood, his time in the military and the troubles he caused while at West Point, his marriage and his struggles to make his mark as a poet, publisher and writer. It is peppered with numerous quotes from many of Poe's works, and also includes a complete recitation of Poe's poem "The Raven." John Astin, as Poe, is the only character on stage throughout the play.


Written by Paul Day Clemens and Ron Magid
Directed by Alan Bergmann
Scenery, props and projections by John Boesche
Lighting by Jason R. Beghtol
Sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
Original Music by Ian Freebairn-Smith
Production stage manager - Brian J. L'Ecuyer
Booking by Windwood Theatricals

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