Stagefright, or The Broken Hearts of Edgar Allan Poe

19 Jan

Google may have chosen to celebrate artist Paul Cezanne’s birthday today, but he’s not the only famous dead dude who can call today his birthday. Today is also the 202nd birthday of every goth girl’s second favorite writer and all around awesome yet creepy dude, Edgar Allan Poe.

I sincerely doubt that there is a single person in the English-speaking world who hasn’t read at least one work by Poe. Be it “The Raven” or “The Tell-Tale Heart” or “The Gold Bug” I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of you all were at least assigned some Poe in high school. I apparently read a ton of his short stories, because almost all of his selected short stories on Wikipedia at least ring some sort of bell for me.

Of course, I’m not just sending you on this trip down memory lane for my health. I mention it because the promoter/producer and founder of the erstwhile Southern Writers Theatre, Jaz Dorsey decided that it would be pretty awesome to celebrate Poe’s birthday with some live performances of his work. In addition to a little piece involving and actor playing actor Vincent Price getting visited by Poe himself, veteran actors Tony Domenico and David Kinnard will perform five pieces: “Conqueror Worm,” “Alone,” “The Bells,” “Mother” and “The Raven.”

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Email jazmn47@aol.com or phone 915-0891. This event will take place at the Scarritt-Bennett center at 7pm tonight, January 19th.

-Emily