Triangle Club's Homage To Edgar Allan Poe 'STARK RAVEN MAD'

Princeton's famed Triangle Club will pay homage to the American Master of the Macabre, poet and author Edgar Allan Poe, to mark the occasion of his 200th birthday, with its newest show Stark Raven Mad! Presented on the Matthews stage of McCarter Theatre, performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15 at 8 pm.

With original music and lyrics by Princeton's best and brightest, this year's all-new musical-comedy extravaganza tells a theatrical tale that weaves in many of Poe's most famous works, including the bone-chilling The Tell-Tale Heart and his most famous poem, The Raven.

Behind the scenes of a production presenting a panoply of Poe, the properties master makes a petrifying pronouncement: that big black bird planned for Poe's premier poem has been purloined.

While the show-within-the-show must go on, our heroes are off on a song and dance filled escapade that's a real howl. Can romance survive the madcap race to replace the missing raven? Will Triangle's infamous all-guy kickline exhort old Edgar Allan to arise from his grave? One this is certain: Stark Raven Mad! will have audiences laughing to death!

Following the success of last year's production of A Turnpike Runs Through It, the highly skilled team of professionals return for Stark Raven Mad! director Glen Pannell '87, choreographer Hans Kriefall '87, music director Peter Mills '95 (recipient of the 3rd annual Fred Ebb Award), and costume designer David Kaley'97 – all Triangle Club alum!

Tickets are $22, $25, $28 and $30; with $10 student and children tickets . To charge tickets by phone, call the McCarter Ticket Office at (609) 258-2787; toll-free at 1-888-278-7932; or online at McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ.

The Princeton University Triangle Club has a rich history dating back to the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Booth Tarkington.  Founded 118 years ago, Triangle  Club is not only the oldest collegiate musical-comedy troupe in the nation, and  is also the only college group that creates an original, student-written musical each year that is presented on national tour.  While the jokes and tunes may change with the time and place, the spirit of Triangle – its unique blend of topical humor with collegiate irreverence and outright playfulness – always remains intact.  It is this spirit that keep audiences coming back year after year to see Triangle's productions.

The show will go on tour December 15 through December 19 with stops in Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Cincinnati-Dayton. Stark Raven Mad! returns to the McCarter stage for Princeton Reunions, May 29 & 30, 2009.

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