‘POE’ to Premiere at BTG

Poe  poster(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “POE,” a new play about the great American poet and short story writer Edgar Allan Poe and his mysterious disappearance for four days in Baltimore in 1849, will get its world premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge in a Berkshire Theatre Group production starring David Adkins in the title role, running from Thursday, October 2, 2014, through Sunday, October 26.

The play is written and directed by Eric Hill. Found nearly dead outside a 14th Ward polling station on the evening of election day, 1849, Poe’s last wanderings in the city he made famous are the subject of the play that examines the man behind the poems and stories.

David Adkins will portray Poe

David Adkins will portray Poe

Despite having only lived to 40 years of age, Poe is celebrated as a major figure in world literature and is especially noted for his major contributions to the dark romanticism genre with works like, “The Raven,” one of the most highly regarded canonical poems. A Boston native, Poe etched his name in the annals of American literature as an editor and writer of gothic and mysterious short stories and poems. Many credit Poe as the father of detective fiction and the modern short story narrative.

Tickets to POE are $35. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at Berkshire Theatre Group.

Performance Dates:

Thursday, October 2 at 7pm (Preview)

Friday, October 3 at 7pm (Preview)

Saturday, October 4 at 7pm (Opening Night)

Sunday, October 5 at 2pm

Thursday, October 9 at 7pm

Saturday, October 11 at 7pm

Sunday, October 12 at 2pm

Monday, October 13 at 2pm

Thursday, October 16 at 7pm

Friday, October 17 at 7pm

Saturday, October 18 at 7pm

Sunday, October 19 at 2pm

Thursday, October 23 at 7pm

Friday, October 24 at 7pm

Saturday, October 25 at 7pm

Sunday, October 26 at 2pm (Closing Performance)


In partnership with The Bookstore in Lenox, Kate Maguire will read selected works from Edgar Allan Poe on October 6 at 6pm in the store located at 11 Housatonic Street in Lenox. This event is free to attend and is open to the public.

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