Fans of Jeffrey Combs and/or Edgar Allan Poe who live in or near San Diego, California, will be thrilled to learn that the stage production of Nevermore will be returning to the North Coast Repertory Theatre December 9-12, 2010, for what they’ve dubbed “The Perfect Un-Holiday Show”.
Nevermore … An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe is loosely based on real events and follows Poe on a cross-country speaking tour fraught with strange occurrences that signal his descent into madness. Here’s director Stuart Gordon’s own description of the live theatrical work that has already generated praise and long lines:
“Nevermore is our attempt to recreate the public recitals that Edgar Allan Poe presented during the last few years of his much-too-short life. Set in 1848, a year after the death of his beloved wife, Virginia (and a year before his own), Poe had become internationally famous as the author of “The Raven” and his “Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque”. But his fame did not provide fortune, and so he was constantly seeking financial security and respect from the literary establishment. As a Southerner by breeding, raised in Virginia, he was looked down upon by the New England based writers of the time, which included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Washington Irving and Edgar’s arch-nemesis Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
This is Poe in his own words. Our text is taken from his letters and essays, and we have based our evening on reviews and reports of his actual appearances. Our goal is to present a sense of the fascinating man behind the poetry and brilliant tales, a man who could be his own worst enemy, and whose life was even more bizarre and tragic than his strangest story.”
Performances of the play, which was written by Dennis Paoli, will be at 7:30 pm on all four nights. These are sure to be sellouts so don’t delay hitting up the North Coast Rep website to get tickets and for more details.
Theatre info is as follows: 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Suite D, Solana Beach, CA 92075, 858.481.1055
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