By Alyssa Book, Lauren Holstner, and Cody Repine
This Friday and Saturday at FC, the theatre department will be performing a show that digs deep into the twisted fantasy world of Edgar Allan Poe.
The play, “E.A. Poe…. Into The Mind of Madness” is about the life and times of the famous poet Edgar Allen Poe. The production shows how he loses his perception of what is real and what is not reality.This play was not limited to the eyes of FC; it was the chosen production to be performed at the Fringe Festival when the theatre department ventured over to Scotland this past summer.
“We had a great response from the Scottish audiences and we hope our local patrons will equally enjoy the show,” said theatre director Chris Bundy.
“Performing at the festival was really cool. We liked it because we performed in front of a small crowd and it made us appreciate what we have at home. An average size audience was eight people. Even though it was small, you realize that being there you were a part of something much bigger,” said junior Laura Duncan.
The audience should expect to be entertained with the dark visual world Poe described through his poetry. Duncan described the play as being a collection of the words trippy, mysterious, and suspenseful.
“Due to the rather macabre nature of Poe’s works, we have requested that young children be discouraged from attending. This would be sure to cause nightmares,” said Bundy.
“E.A. Poe is one of the most famous poets, and people are still wondering about his life and how he died,” said sophomore Shelby Clark.
The cast is hoping that the play embodies his life and honors it in a way that only Poe would want it, mysterious and twisted.
“I think it’s unique in that while many adaptations have been made of Poe’s stories, I wanted to approach the show with a look at what actually happened in his life that might have influenced his morbid fascination. We get a look at his actual life which drifts in and out of his fantasy world. By the way, the show was a collaboration between myself and a former student who is a playwright, Jason Roseberry,” Bundy explained.
The ticket price for all students will be $5,”E.A. Poe…. Into The Mind of Madness,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Come get a glimpse into the mind of the mad.