Murder and Madness and Poe

Michael Bertolini as Edgar Allan Poe in
Murder and Madness and Poe

An hour-long drama with poetry, music and readings
Written and Directed by David Houston

October 25th, 2014

Bronx Library Center, 2:30pm. Free.
310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx NY 11753
(718) 579-4257

Edgar paces impatiently in the office of booking agents in New York City in 1848.
He proposes a lecture tour with readings of his controversial stories of murder and madness,
all the while professing his sanity, his reliability, and his fame—citing examples from his turbulent life, which is finally on the mend after years of tragedy and anxiety. He needs the money badly: to finance a magazine venture and to allow him to marry the woman he loves
(not the woman with funds).

Poe has with him a portfolio of the prose and poetry he proposes
to read. In a last attempt to convince them, he resolutely steps to a
podium and presents dark, melancholy, spell-binding readings
—while his hourglass measures his heartbeats.

(Featured selections: “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells,”
“The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Raven.”)


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