Experience mystery and the macabre at Dawson Community College as we host the Montana Repertory Theater Fall 2009 Educational Outreach Tour! The Poe Project theater performance begins at 6:30pm Friday, September 25th - Toepke Center. In this 50-minute production, Edgar Allan Poe struggles to invent a detective story in this fascinating look at the author’s macabre world. Dawson Community College and their educational partner the Montana Repertory Theater invite the community to enjoy this free event. Teresa Waldorf, the Rep's educational outreach coordinator says, “This play is funny and a great experience for all from 4th grade to adult”.
For those interested in honing their acting skills, a free Improvisational/Acting 101 workshop for beginners with warm-up games and short scene work will be taught by Rep actors before the play at 2pm. Claim one of 35 workshop spots by calling Marilyn Dutton in Instructional Services at 377-9405.
The Poe Project follows last year's highly acclaimed tour of Mark Twain's Diaries of Adam and Eve, and continues our tradition of bringing the works of acclaimed writers to Montana students and their communities.
About the Author: Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston on January 19, 1809, was educated in Virginia and England. By his late twenties he was making a living as an editor in Philadelphia. In 1841, at the age of 32, he published "Murders in the Rue Morgue," which featured the first-ever fictional detective. The next several years saw the publication of his groundbreaking horror tales "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." Poe achieved lasting fame with the publication of his poem "The Raven" in 1845. Poe died in October 1849 in Baltimore. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown, and a number of conflicting theories have been proposed by his biographers. Although he led a short and tragic life, Poe remains one of the world's most often-quoted writers. His work reveals both his darkly passionate nature and a tormented and neurotic obsession with death and violence. Widely regarded as the father of modern mystery, Poe profoundly influenced succeeding generations of writers in a variety of genres, including horror and science fiction.