Haunted Poe invades Philadelphia, and we’re lucky to have such an innovated piece
There are three entries today, so keep scrolling down til you get to the Barrymore’s
Haunted Poe Philadelphia Haunted Poe begins with the premise that the author’s remains have been exhumed from Westminster Cemetery in Baltimore and brought to Philadelphia for the anniversary of his death (October 7, 1849). With Poe’s return to the place of some of his greatest literary achievements, he is brought back to life to guide us through his imagination.
If you’re looking for a fun, entertaining, intelligent “Haunted Thrill” this season, than Haunted Poe is right up your ally. It’s not your everyday haunted house, but a performance where you are one of the characters, the vulnerable, scared one, whose imagination is tweak around every dark corner. Which Poe story will you walk into next?Costumes, masks, puppets, hidden passageways, magic lanterns, optical illusions, music and video all serve to take Poe’s themes of madness, suspense and the supernatural to a frightening new level. Although I was allowed to take photos inside the “production”, I decided not to use them because I didn’t want to spoil any of the surprises that lie ahead. I did however take a shot of a few scary folks in the lobby. Behind them is a 3 hour mini-play that re-enacts the last few hours of Poe’s wife’s life, Virginia, before she succumbs to TBCleverly directed by Madi Distefano. According to an article written by the City Paper in 2006, “Distefano was still an undergrad when she launched Brat Productions with a bunch of fellow student actors. Their first show was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, put on in a Queen Village courtyard. Then came Eye-95, a white-trash rockabilly punk rock musical featuring cheerleaders, go-go dancers, a puppet named Big Fat Fucker and Frito pies. It was a hit at the very first Philly Fringe.” “…she’s an intensely serious artist who has won a Barrymore Award, an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Foundation grant.”
Michael Alltop, Producing Artistic Director,”In each room, around every corner, another scare awaits,” he’s quoted as saying to BroadwayWorld.com Elisabeth Roskos, Wardrobe Supervisor. She earned a BFA in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003, and enjoys working in summer stock. Every night she makes sure the costumes and wigs are returned to their freshly, scary selves.
Dana, Kate and Andrew. Andrew believes the project was really ambition and works well. People will like it, fans of Poe will love it. His favorite part is The Raven. I was just fascinated how long it took the walls to take shape in that scene. Dana thought the whole exhibit was a scary 6 on the scale of scared.
Stephanie & Bruce Graham. Congratulations to Bruce Graham as his new play, Something Intangible, was a big winner at the 2009 Barrymore Awards on Oct. 5. The Arden Theatre Company production won seven Barrymores, which celebrate excellence in Philadelphia-area theatre. I wrote about the Barrymore’s yesterday.
Greg Giovanni has been a director, playwright, performance artist, and actor in Philadelphia for over four lustra. Greg is in a couple scenes in the Haunted Poe and is the script writer. Jimmy Quartuccio, is a Junior Theatre Performance Major with a Dance Minor at Rowan University; and David Quinn
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The Independence Foundation
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, with additional funding from the Marketing Innovation Program
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund
The Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust A as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno
The Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust B as recommended by Leonard C. Haas
The Samuel S. Fels Fund
The William Penn Foundation
Brat’s Board of Directors