September 28, 2009
They’re coming up just short of unburying the body.
Brat Productions is celebrating Edgar Allan Poe, the poet, author and legendary figure of the macabre, by uniting literature, history, theatre and horror in a 10,000 square foot South Philadelphia warehouse.
The theatrical amusement, Haunted Poe, comes now, 200 years after Poe’s birth. The celebrated author, who wrote most of his best-known works while a part of Philadelphia’s legendary 19th-century publishing landscape, died 160 years ago under mysterious circumstances in Baltimore, where he is buried today. Brat hopes to bring some of that haunted element back.
With tickets priced between $10-$25, you’ll be able to follow an eerie maze of chambers with short vignettes aimed at shock and surprise. The scariest warehouse L&I will let you enter is at 38 Jackson Street, just below the Snyder Plaza in the Pennsport neighborhood of South Philly.
The program begins with the premise that the author’s remains have been exhumed from Westminster Cemetery in Baltimore and brought to Philadelphia for the anniversary of his death — Oct. 7, 1849. Back in the home of his greatest literary achievements, Poe is brought back to life to guide us through his imagination. The 11 featured tales include “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” and, yeah, “The Raven,” all of which were written by Poe while living in Philly.
This isn’t any chainsaw-wielding horror show, but, in true Poe fashion, reliant on psychology and timing. The show is funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. Haunted Poe will run October 1st through November 1st. Performance dates will coincide with the Third International Edgar Allan Poe Conference: The Bicentennial, scheduled for October 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.
Check out the official website for more information.
Brat Productions’ Haunted Poe
October 1st – November 1st, 2009