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Edgar Allan Poe – Carco Theatre
October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
Bradford Farwell recreates an 1849 literary salon featuring the master poet, critic and father of the detective novel, Edgar Allan Poe. This inter-active presentation is set during the last months of Poe’s brief life as he toured the country in an effort to woo subscribers for a new magazine of his own creation, The Stylus. These speaking engagements range from intimate conversations to public lectures, where Poe would recite his work and share his views on the state of American literature, the philosophy of composition, and the most noble of professions that of the poet. He was also known to devote entire lectures to the deriding of Longfellow, Emerson, and the other incorrigibly arrogant bumpkins we find in New England. This diatribe would typically be followed by a letter praising Longfellow in an effort to convince him to submit poems for the many magazines Poe edited during his career. He was at once charming and destructive.
Farwell explores the cultural context of the time and Poe’s personal history which greatly influenced his most famous works. His brilliant performance reflects Poe’s life-long battle for recognition in a young nation struggling to define its own literary history and voice.
Bradford Farwell lives in Seattle and has worked all over the United States and Canada. In Seattle he has been seen at Seattle Rep, Intiman, The 5th Avenue, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Childrens Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare and the premiere of Seven Ways to Get There at ACT. Broadway credits: Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Mr. Farwell was a company member of the Stratford Festival in Canada and New Century Theatre Company. He received his training
at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.
Megan Brewer (director) is a Seattle- and London-based director, currently studying for her MFA in Theatre Directing at East 15 Acting School.