Electric Poe


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Related Organization: The Coterie Theatre

A co-produced event with Union Cemetery Historical Society
By Edgar Allan Poe
Music by Rex Hobart


Due to popular demand, and just in time for Halloween, The Coterie presents the streaming debut of Electric Poe, recorded during its sold-out engagement in Union Cemetery. A unique reading for families with ages 10 and older, Electric Poe features R.H. Wilhoit delivering two of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works, with musical underscoring by guitarist Rex Hobart. Adapted and directed by Coterie producing artistic director, Jeff Church, and co-produced with Union Cemetery Historical Society, Electric Poe is now available to view anytime at www.showtix4u.com/events/thecoterie.


While The Coterie has spent the last 41 years producing entertaining and thought-provoking professional stage productions for students and families, Electric Poe marks the company’s first performance made available online. Streaming now at ShowTix4U, Electric Poe is a unique way to add a spooky groove to any Halloween festivity while supporting The Coterie, a beloved Kansas City institution that is nationally recognized for creating new works of theatre for young people.

Recorded during its world premiere, sold-out run in Kansas City’s historic Union Cemetery, Electric Poe features two moody masterpieces by Edgar Allan Poe brought to life - and death - by actor and Coterie teaching artist, R.H. Wilhoit. In the style of an 1850’s orator, Wilhoit presents readings of The Premature Burial and The Masque of the Red Death. First appearing in 1844 in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper, Poe took advantage of concerns at the time in The Premature Burial. In The Coterie’s reading, a speaker delivers something of an antique TED Talk about his mortal fear, when it appears to manifest right before our eyes. Then, in 1842’s The Masque of the Red Death, Prince Prospero walls himself and his courtiers away from the outside world where the contagious Red Death reigns. Composer and musician, Rex Hobart, accompanies the performance of Electric Poe live on electric guitar.

Running Time: Approx. 50 minutes, including a brief Q&A with artists and Union Cemetery Historical Society

For Families with Ages 10+

Visit www.thecoterie.org for more information.