Friday, February 6, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft - Resurrected!

THE VAGABOND THEATRE ENSEMBLE RESURRECTS CLASSIC HORROR WRITERS EDGAR ALLAN POE AND HP LOVECRAFT

THE WENDIGO: WITNESS THE RESURECCTION
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 FOLLOWING
THE 8PM PERFORMANCE OF THE WENDIGO

When Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft heard that playwright Eric Sanders was adapting fellow horror writer Algernon Blackwood’s supernatural tale, THE WENDIGO for the stage, they just had to come back from beyond the grave to see it. Thanks to the magic and mystery of Friday the 13th, they can!

Following the 8pm performance of THE WENDIGO on Friday, February 13, classic horror writers Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft will be joining playwright Eric Sanders and Director Matthew Hancock for a special after show talkback with the audience. Mr. Poe will also be doing a special reading of his beloved classic “The Raven” and Mr. Lovecraft will be reading his well-known story “The Outsider”. Come get your picture taken with two of the all-time finest authors of supernatural fiction!

Lovecraft, who died unheralded and penniless at 47, was gracious in accepting the opportunity: "I, Howard Phillips Lovecraft of Providence, Rhode Island, am deeply honored and humbled to be reanimated alongside such titans of the macabre as Edgar Allan Poe, to whom 'we owe the modern horror-story in its final and perfected state,' and Algernon Blackwood, 'the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere.'"

Poe, who also died penniless and alcoholic at 40, was more reticent with his endorsement: "While my life was marred by a series of dark and ominous events, I swear that I never dreamed of this final shame: being resurrected two hundred years later, only to be forced to share the stage with a handful of half-competent followers."

Blackwood, who died at 82 after a long and successful career, sought to unite his predecessor, Edgar Allan Poe, and his protégé, H.P. Lovecraft, "My boys, I entreat you to come to the Medicine Show Theatre and provoke today's audiences with the same spectre of terror that you so arduously pursued in your all-too-short lives!"

THE WENDIGO: Witness the Resurrection is produced by The Vagabond Theatre Ensemble as part of their Cabin Fever Festival in association with Radiotheatre and their year long celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, Sundays With Poe. Tickets to this very special event are $18, which includes the 8pm performance of THE WENDIGO, special after show talkback event, and open bar.

THE WENDIGO produced by Vagabond Theatre Ensemble, plays at the Medicine Show Theatre in the Ensemble Studio Theater Building (549 West 52nd Street, 3rd Floor) February 5-28, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday matinees February 8 & 22 at 3pm with special performances Monday, February 9 & Wednesday, February 25 at 8pm. Tickets ($10) are available online at www.SmartTix.com or by calling 212-868-4444.

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