The folks at Trinity Rep have announced
they'll be presenting they're 58th world premiere production, this time
penned by a playwright familiar to local audiences. "The
Completely Fictional – Utterly True – Final Strange Tale of
Edgar Allan Poe," by resident company member Stephen
Thorne, promises to take audiences deep into the mysteries surrounding
Poe's untimely death. Directed by Artistic Director Curt Columbus,
the production runs May 6 - June 5 in the intimate Dowling Theater.
His research soon led him to the fascinating riddle surrounding
Poe’s last days. “His death is an actual unsolved mystery,"
Thorne commented. "He had gotten his life back on track, but then
disappeared for a week and was found in Baltimore, completely disheveled
and out of his mind. No one knows what happened to him -- what unfolded
during those seven days. Even describing his death just now, it sounds
like a story he would have written.”
Before Poe goes off into the great beyond, however, Thorne
brings audiences into his macabre, fantastical universe with all its ghoulish
delights. Where did Poe go, who did he meet, and what did he say during
those missing days? The landscape of Poe’s final journey –
which runs through the ghosts of his childhood, his career, and his afterlife
– is studded with elements as chilling as his own stories.
This marks Stephen Thorne’s 11th season with Trinity
Rep. He has also appeared at the Actors Theatre of Louisville,
Long Wharf Theatre and the Riverside Shakespeare
Festival. He has been a member of the Bread Loaf School
of English Acting Ensemble since 1999.
Talkbacks will be held after every performance of the show.
Audiences are invited to share their response to the play’s production
and themes for approximately twenty minutes.
For information and tickets, stop by the Trinity Rep box office at 201 Washington Street in Providence, call 401-351-4242 or visit www.trinityrep.com.
-- OnStage Boston
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