Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents
THE MADNESS OF Edgar Allan POE: A LOVE STORY, an original play by Executive Director David Rice. This critically acclaimed production first premiered in 2006 and sold out the entire run. The riveting tale of life and death, love and heartbreak runs through November 4.  Check out photos from the show's opening night celebration below!

THE MADNESS OF Edgar Allan POE: A LOVE STORY is directed by Michael Goldberg (Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at First Folio) and stars Christian Gray as "Edgar Allan Poe" (A Moon for the Misbegotten at First Folio Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre, and Richard II at Writers' Theatre). Tickets are selling quickly and due to high demand, additional performances have been added on Saturday Oct. 20 at 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 24 at 3 p.m., Thursday, November 1 at 3 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.

This original work by David Rice, who received a Jeff Award nomination for New Adaptation in 2007, is based on the life and writings of the famed author. Poe’s macabre and melancholic tales and poems come to life in this mesmerizing play, called "A smart and heartfelt journey!” by The Chicago Tribune and “A masterful take on a master’s work!” by The Daily Herald.

During the course of THE MADNESS OF Edgar Allan POE: A LOVE STORY, Poe and his wife Virginia guide the audience from room to room through historic Mayslake Hall, taking them from the garrets to the dungeons and deep into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe. David Rice's artfully structured journey into the life and literature of the great American horror writer focuses with sorrowful clarity on Poe's overwhelming obsession with his wife, Virginia, who died of tuberculosis at age 24. Poe married her when she was 13 and he was 27.

THE MADNESS OF Edgar Allan POE: A LOVE STORY also stars Diane Mair as "Virginia Poe" (Sense and Sensibility at Northlight Theatre); Robert Allan Smith as "The Madman" and "The Prisoner" (Guantanamo at Timeline); and Annelise Lawson as "Ligeia" (named "Best Actress" in Chicago Reader's "Best of 2012" issue). The ensemble features Robbie Bersano, Erica Bittner, Daniel Gilbert, Michael Holding, and Megan Ingram.

Scenic Designer Kyle Gettelman transforms the Mayslake Hall into Poe's dark and eerie mansion. Elegant period costumes are by Rachel Lambert. Sound Design is by Christopher Kriz and Lighting Design is by Michael McNamara, both of whom are currently nominated for Jeff Awards for their work on First Folio’s production of The Turn of the Screw. Kate Danziger serves as Stage Manager and Beth Zupec is Assistant Stage Manager.

THE MADNESS OF Edgar Allan POE: A LOVE STORY runs now through November 4. Tickets range from $26-37 and preview tickets are $22. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Additional performances have been added on Saturday Oct. 20 at 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 24 at 3 p.m., Thursday, November 1 at 3 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 630-986-8067 or online at www.firstfolio.org.

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night
Alison C. Vesely & David Rice

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night
Daniel Gilbert, Annelise Lawson

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night
Diane Mair and Christian Gray

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night
Diane Mair, David Rice, Christian Gray, Alison C. Vesely

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night
Erica Bittner, Diane Mair, Annelise Lawson and Megan Ingram

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night
Michael Goldberg, Diane Mair, Michael Holding, David Rice, Christian Gray, Alison C. Vesely

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night
Michael Holding, Diane Mair, Michael Goldberg

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opening Night

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