NEVERMORE: An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe


NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF A SPECIAL LIVE THEATRE EVENT!
Directed by STUART GORDON, written by DENNIS PAOLI, starring JEFFREY COMBS

Montreal, June 29, 2010. “Mesmerizing… It’s as if Poe himself has been re-animated for this enthralling ninety-minute display” — Ben Miles, SHOWMAG

“This is Poe in his own words. Our text is taken from his letters and essays and we have based our evening on reviews and reports of his actual appearances. Our goal is to present a sense of the fascinating man behind the poetry and brilliant tales, a man who could be his own worst enemy, and whose life was even more bizarre and tragic than his strangest story.” – Director Stuart Gordon

Award-winning filmmaker Stuart Gordon, beloved for such films as RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND and STUCK will be returning to Fantasia (after gracing us for the CDN premiere of EDMOND in 2006) with his staple star Jeffrey Combs and regular writing partner Dennis Paoli to stage their acclaimed one-man play NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE, which features Combs in a breathtaking performance as the legendary author. It should be noted that Gordon was a celebrated theater director for many years before turning to cinema. Among his many impressive credits, the future filmmaker founded Chicago’s Organic Theater in the ‘70s and was the first to stage a play by David Mamet, whom he continues to collaborate with every now and then. A spellbinding recreation of the public recitals that Poe regularly performed in the years before his death, based on reviews and reports of his actual appearances, NEVERMORE premiered in Los Angeles in July 2009 and was originally slated to run for four weeks. Critical raves and mass audience draws saw the run extended to nearly six months. Combs’ performance is so captivating and mercurial that many critics have championed him as “the definitive Poe”, a claim that we can fully agree with. This pair of Fantasia shows marks the first time that the play will be performed beyond U.S. borders. 2010 also happens to be the 25th anniversary of RE-ANIMATOR, and in celebration of this, Fantasia will be screening an uncut 35mm print of the cult classic, hosted by Gordon, Paoli and Combs.

NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE
will be performed July 17 and 18, 8PM at the Rialto Theatre, 5723 Avenue Du Parc

For more information, please contact:
press@fantasiafestival.com

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