Edgar Allan Poe at the Tower Theatre

Edgar Allan PoeJust in time for Halloween! Edgar Allan Poe invented the modern short story and authored many suitably creepy and macabre works, so if you’re looking for something Halloween-ish to do the weekend before the holiday, this could be it.

The Des Chutes Historical Museum, The Tower Theatre Foundation, and Lenore Productions are proud to announce the sixth year of An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe will take place at the Tower Theatre on Sunday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The event, which benefits the Des Chutes Historical Museum and the Tower Theatre Foundation, features Mr. Edgar Allan Poe reading and discussing his works with the audience, a role brought vividly to life by Bend actor Alastair Jacques. The program lasts approximately two hours, including a short intermission, and features both famous and lesser known pieces from the American poet. It ends with a question and answer session for the audience to quiz Poe about his works.

“This is our sixth year with Edgar Allan Poe. Alastair Jaques as Poe is such a power-house performance, it is a natural progression that the show has grown to the point of needing the Tower Theatre to host,” explained Des Chutes Historical Museum Director Kelly Cannon-Miller. “What I love most about the show is the information about Poe that you learn in-between the readings. He was more than just the morbid, troubled poet he is perceived as.”

Tickets will be sold at the Tower Theatre box office and online at towertheatre.org beginning Wednesday, October 4. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $14 plus a $1 Historic Theatre Restoration Fee. Tower Theatre members can take advantage of $2 early purchase savings beginning Friday, September 26.

This seems like it could be a really good show, particularly if the actor is any good—he’s up on stage by himself for two hours, no one else to rely on. (I’m guessing coming back six years in a row means he’s pretty good though.)