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Edgar Allan Poe takes the stage at Theatre@Chowan

Edgar Allan Poe PosterMURFREESBORO, NC - Three of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales of horror and two of his poems will be presented at Chowan University on November 22-24, 2013.

Theatre@Chowan will present stage adaptations of The Black Cat, The Raven, and The Tell-Tale Heart. The stories were adapted from the works of Edgar Allan Poe by Albert T. Viola, an award-winning actor and playwright who has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in television and motion pictures. In addition, two of Poe’s poems, Annabel Lee and The Conqueror Worm, will receive an interpretive staging. Director Steven Harders, Associate Professor of Speech and Drama, will oversee the production.

“The adaptations allowed us to swap genders and highlight the considerable female talent that we have at Theatre@Chowan. It also gave our actors an opportunity to tackle some interesting characters,” Harders said.

The eight member cast is comprised of Chowan University students and faculty. Libby Grimes will play the role of the feline obsessed prisoner in the Black Cat, along with Alexius Brandveen, as a doctor, and Jasmine Snead as a guard. Harders plays Poe in the Raven with Grimes supporting as the deceased wife, Lenore, and Snead as the Raven. The Tell-Tale Heart features Brandveen as the sound-obsessed suspect, with Rodney Countryman as inspector Devon, Grimes as Inspector Winthrop, and Snead as officer Kilpatrick. The program is rounded out by two of Poe’s poems. The first is Annabel Lee, choreographed and danced by Chowan University freshman, Bailey Murrell, and read by Dr. Ken Wolfskill. The second poem is entitled The Conqueror Worm, and it will be performed by sophomore, Sierra Jones.

Performances are Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, November 24th at 2:30 pm. Performances take place in Turner Auditorium in the McDowell Columns Building on the Chowan University campus. Admission is free and patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

Ranked the fastest growing university in North Carolina in terms of percentage growth for the last six years, Chowan University, a Christian liberal arts university founded in 1848, enrolls more than 1300 students each year and is located in the Historic Inner Banks community of Murfreesboro in Northeastern North Carolina. The university is in close proximity to the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads Virginia. Chowan’s park-like campus features 390 acres including Lake Vann, the beloved “Squirrel Park” and the original McDowell Columns Building, erected in 1851 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Chowan offers over 80 undergraduate academic programs among The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Education and The School of Business, and offers Masters Degrees through the School of Graduate Studies. Several departments are also individually accredited, such as Teacher Education Program’s accreditation by NCDPI and NCATE, as well as the Music program’s institutional accreditation by NASM. Chowan offers 15 varsity sports, as well as co-ed cheerleading, with 11 programs in the CIAA conference and all with dual-affiliation in the NCAA D-II and NCCAA.


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