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Killing An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

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Summoners Ensemble Theatre presents a solo performance of three of Poe's thrilling tales, "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Raven." More…

In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived on Amity Street (now W. 3rd St) just blocks from the Merchant's House. His publication of "The Raven" had brought him instant fame and invitations to the city's most fashionable literary salons. Join John Kevin Jones ("A Christmas Carol") as the great master of terror in the Tredwell's candlelit double parlor for this bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.


“A terrific Halloween treat...The intimacy of the Merchant's House parlor allows the creepy tension of pieces to be performed with subtlety, with Jones' rich voice embracing the storyteller's vivid descriptions...The final piece provides a change of pace. ‘The Raven’ is recited in a more traditional salon manner...’The Raven’ allows Jones to offer a touching depiction of sorrowful heartbreak. It's a lovely finish to an exceptional presentation.” Full Review


"Jones is bringing Edgar Allan Poe's works vibrantly alive...First up on the program was 'The Tell -Tale Heart'...If the first story seemed the personification of horror, the next one, 'The Cask of the Amontillado,' is a close cousin...He infuses fresh emotional energy into Poe's language with his protean body language and facial expressions...The final offering, 'The Raven,' has never sounded more haunting.: Full Review

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"A one-man, pre-Halloween tour de force...In 'The Cask of Amontillado'...Jones slips effectively into this character, in spirit bringing the audience along with him into the dank cellar...Jones closes the show with 'The Raven'...The rendition he delivers mesmerized the opening night audience with the work’s rhythmic rhymes and meter, conveying well, in contrast to 'The Raven’s' stoic coldness, the character’s crescendo of unbearable pain of loss." Full Review

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