Keystone College’s performing arts theater group, the Keystone Players, will perform an immersive theatrical adaptation of short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe titled, “The Poe Asylum,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Nov. 1-4 in the Theatre in Brooks. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
Directed by Assistant Professor Rachel Luann Strayer, “The Poe Asylum” will feature five short scenes, and audience members will witness three movement-driven performances that tie together the inhabitants of their stories: A patient recounts his imprisonment and torture; A woman calls out for Lenore, only to be answered by an enigmatic raven; and, another patient fights with the uncontrollable and irrational desire to commit murder.
Across the stories, patients of “The Poe Asylum” deal with paranoia, alcoholism, claustrophobia, insomnia and other haunting maladies. The audience is left to ponder if these individuals are really patients in a mental asylum, or if they are simply trapped in their own minds by demons they created.
“The Poe Asylum” features local actors Michael Calabro, Paupack (“The Black Cat”); Jasmin Cone, Scranton (“The Black Cat”); Timmy Dempsey, Clarks Summit (“The Raven”); Colin Franko, Tunkhannock (“The Tell-Tale Heart); Felicity Rudden, Archbald, (“The Pit and the Pendulum”); and Aleigh Smith, Lehighton (“The Raven”).
Attending the production will require some level of mobility, as the audience will move between four separate performance spaces throughout the evening. Limited seating will be available in each performance space and individuals with limited mobility will receive priority.
Tickets are $8 for general admission; $5 for seniors, veterans, non-Keystone students, and Keystone College faculty and staff; and $2 for Keystone students. For further information, visit www.keystone.edu/performing-arts or contact Rachel Strayer, (570)945-8484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo (Credit: Alyssa Hughes)
Rehearing for the productions are, front row, from left: Michael Calabro, Eileen Walsh, and Samantha Layne-Perkins. Middle row, same order: Colin Franko, Aleigh Smith, and Dalton Nixon. Back row, same order: Jasmin Cone, Michelle Romano, Timmy Dempsey, Jessica Troy and Felicity Rudden.