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Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe

Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe

International Premiere

  • USA
  • 90 min
  • English
SPECIAL LIVE THEATRE EVENT
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Written by Dennis Paoli
Starring Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe

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"A fitting memorial to a misunderstood genius... Combs’s performance is definitive, so full-blown he does not seem to be so much playing Poe as channeling him" — F. Kathleen Foley, LA TIMES

"Mesmerizing... It's as if Poe himself has been re-animated for this enthralling ninety-minute display" — Ben Miles, SHOWMAG

"Runs as wide a range of emotions imaginable from joy to despair, from bitterness to exuberance, from soulful pain to flights of pure poetic invention. And we learn and experience more about Poe in that short time than from any other media device possible. It’s about the power of a direct impact." — BEVERLY HILLS COURIER

Credits

Director: Stuart Gordon
Screenplay: Dennis Paoli
Cast: Jeffrey Combs

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“This is Poe in his own words. Our text is taken from his letters and essays and we have based our evening on reviews and reports of his actual appearances. Our goal is to present a sense of the fascinating man behind the poetry and brilliant tales, a man who could be his own worst enemy, and whose life was even more bizarre and tragic than his strangest story.” – Director Stuart Gordon

For 90 spellbinding minutes, Jeffrey Combs IS Edgar Allan Poe in Stuart Gordon’s incredible one-man stage play NEVERMORE. Scripted by the filmmaker’s regular writing collaborator Dennis Paoli (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, DAGON), NEVERMORE is a recreation of the notorious public recitals that Poe gave in the final years of his life. Set in 1848, one year before the author’s death, Gordon’s play paints an often funny, wholly haunting portrait of Poe as an equal parts driven and broken man consumed by self-destructive inclinations and treading on the very thin ice of poverty and madness. In spite of his international fame for writing instant classics of the macabre, Poe lived his life struggling to make ends meet, forcing this otherwise reclusive figure to pull himself onstage in front of live, paying audiences on a fairly regular basis towards the end of his days, one more tragedy in a life that had been riddled with them.

Over the course of the play’s duration, you will encounter the most genuine Poe ever depicted. You will hear the greatest recital of “The Raven” performed anywhere. You will be treated to a rare glimpse inside one of the horror universe’s most cherished, most fragile, most disturbed souls. And you will be captivated every second of the way. What Combs does with this material is breathtaking. Mercurial, flamboyant, tragic and so combustible that one almost expects him to burst into flames before your eyes, Combs’ Poe is a career-defining performance in a history that has been full of them, surpassing even the charismatic intensity of RE-ANIMATOR’s Herbert West. NEVERMORE was born onto the stage in July of last year, originally booked for a four-week run in Los Angeles. Critical raves and audience adoration saw the engagement extended to a whopping six months—and it could have run longer. This pair of Fantasia shows marks the first time that the play will be performed beyond U.S. borders. Fans of Poe will be in heaven. Newcomers will exit as die-hards. It really is that good. Beg, cheat or steal to see this.

—Mitch Davis

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