PIQUA — The Edison Stagelight Players (ESP) will present “Festival of Horror: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” by Robert Mason and co-directed by Emily Beisner, Matt Beisner, Chris Garner, and Jennifer Scott from Oct. 26 through Nov. 5, in the Robinson Theater at Edison State Community College’s Piqua Campus.
“Festival of Horror” is an anthology show that will feature dramatizations of several of Poe’s most bone-chilling stories, including “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Oblong Box,” “The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Raven.”
Matt Beisner elaborated on how the show came to be.
“In 2008, we produced ‘Mortal Terror: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe,’ so it only made sense to bring back Poe during its 10-year anniversary. Chris Garner, who also serves as production designer and co-director of this production, has never given up on the idea to bring Poe back to the stage. He put it in my ear every chance he could get during the past few years. His enthusiasm for the project was unparalleled, and I couldn’t deny that it was a great idea!”
While Poe’s stories make a return to the stage of Edison State, the show will take on a whole new direction, with the theme set as a dark carnival troupe led by their demented ringmaster.
The show uses multiple drectors to give a fresh look to each of the six stories. Four of the featured stories are written by Robert Mason and are part of his compilation, “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe.” Matt Beisner wrote the “Festival of Horror” storyline (Ringmaster) and the adaptations of “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Raven.”
Garner is directing “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Oblong Box.” Emily Beisner is directing “The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether.” Jennifer Scott will direct “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Matt Beisner is directing “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Raven,” and the “Festival of Horror” storyline that ties it all together.
In addition to witnessing the work of the talented cast, crew, and directors of the show, audience members can expect to see one-of-a-kind costumes designed by Lisa Snider.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27, and Nov. 2-3; with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Nov. 4.
Tickets for the show are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and$3 for seniors, and will be available for purchase with cash at the door. Children under 5 are not permitted into the theater during the performance. For more information, call 937.778.8600.