Happy 200th Birthday, Edgar!: Brat Productions Celebrates with One-of-a-kind Theatrical Haunted House
[caption id=”attachment_323” align=”alignleft” width=”382” caption=”Dave Johnson as Edgar Allen Poe - image by: Gabriel Bienczycki “][/caption]
To create a truly Poe-worthy experience, not only has Brat put together a team of note-worthy actors, designers, and consultants including “Philly Poe Guy” Edward Pettit, Barrymore-award winners Bruce Walsh (who gives a terrifying performance of The Black Cat while yielding a pick ax, yikes!) and the absolutely gorgeous Kim Carson, as well as ex-Eastern State Penitentiary: Terror Behind the Walls designer Brad Helm, Brat has also brought in approximately 4,000, now famous (see the article here!), cockroaches from the Insectarium for that extra-added psychological scare.
Being a lover of the arts, but admittedly a big baby as well (I watch scary movies rarely and with the lights on!), I was apprehensive about attending the production, which promises “blood – and ghosts and magic and murder and mayhem.” However, I was pleasantly surprised that, although plenty scary for the thrill-enthusiast, there is so much that is also intriguing and unusually gorgeous about the production as well.
It is amazing what a huge-scale project this relatively small theatre company was not only able to pull off, but execute beautifully, and I am thrilled to be working on publicity for Haunted Poe!
You don’t have to take my word for it; the whole city is a-buzz about this Halloween season’s most exciting production!
The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Haunted Poe a, “compellingly dark vision of the torments that haunted Poe’s soul,” here.
“Directed with considerable flair by Distefano, Poe has a punk rock sensibility: raw, visceral and roughly poetic,” Says J. Cooper Robb of Philadelphia Weekly. Read the full article here.
Also, you can always check out the video footage on ABC.com featuring the production.
Happy Birthday, Edgar!
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