220 North Euclid Avenue Oak Park
It is 1849, two years after the death of his wife Virginia, and Edgar Allan Poe is haunted - not just by the spectre of his beloved, but also by his own macabre mysteries. During the course of David Rice's The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe: A Love Story, Virginia and Edgar guide the audience from room to room through Oak Park's historic Cheney Mansion, taking them from the garrets to the dungeons...and deep into a tortured mind, teetering on the brink of sanity. Come and experience favorites like The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Masque of the Red Death as you've never heard or seen them before. Directed by Skyler Schrempp.
Presented by Oak Park Festival
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended
"...There may be few surprises in this show for those familiar with Poe's life and work, but there are still plenty of delights. The universally high level of performance achieved by Schrempp's ensemble brings out the best in Poe's sometimes overwrought work. Christian Gray is especially sublime as Poe. Even when he's declaiming poetry as well known as "The Bells," he rings new sounds out of the familiar stanzas."
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