Age ranges are approximate and may be adjusted based on the auditions. Most actors will fill multiple roles.
EDGAR ALLAN POE – Ability to play ages from 20’s thru 40’s
Tortured literary genius looking back on his life as a result of a tragic event.
DR. MORAN/JOHN ALLAN/MAN 1- 40 – 60
Dr. Moran – Edgar’s experienced ego centric attending physician.
John Allan – Edgar’s domineering and unsympathetic adoptive father with whom he has a tempestuous relationship. Scottish accent a plus.
Man 1 – Ruffian that stalks Poe.
ORDERLY 1/DAVID POE – 30 – 60
Orderly 1 – Attends to Edgar while in the hospital.
David Poe – Edgar’s ne’er do well, self-absorbed biological father.
ORDERLY 2/SGT. O’CONNOR/MAN 2 – 20 – 40
Orderly 2 – Attends to Edgar while in hospital.
Sgt. O’Connor – Police detective investigating the events leading up to Edgar’s illness.
Man 2 - Ruffian that stalks Edgar.
ELIZABETH POE/MRS. JANE LOCKE- 20 – 40
Elizabeth Poe – Edgar’s biological mother. A revered actress and singer. Singing ability is a plus.
Jane Locke – Busybody society woman that sponsor’s Edgar’s lecture in Providence, RI.
EDGAR as a child – 5-10
A child that plays with his mother during the act break of a musical. Small role no lines.
FRANCES ALLAN/MISS. SARA WHITMAN – 20 – 40
Frances Allan – Edgar’s lovely but ailing adoptive mother. She loves Edgar as her own but must run interference between Edgar and her husband John Allan.
Miss Sara Whitman – A poet that swoops in to rescue Edgar after the death of Virginia Clemm. She is briefly engaged to Edgar.
VIRGINIA CLEMM POE – 13 – 25
Edgar’s younger cousin that he marries when she is thirteen years old. She loves Edgar deeply but dies at a young age. Edgar mourns her the rest of his life.
ELMIRA ROYSTER – 35 - 40
Edgar’s first love. She married another man at a young age after Edgar proposed to her. They reconnect in the last years of his life. She is reluctant to set a marriage date.
Edgar Allan Poe is celebrated as one of the best writers and literary critics in American history. His poetry and short stories still spawn imitations and adaptations attempting to recreate the eerie and mysterious mixed with deep melancholy that he so deftly created. What if anything in his life experience made him capable of tapping into feelings that still touch readers almost 172 years after his passing? What was the cause of his mysterious death, that to this day is still disputed?
This â€œ World Premiereâ€ play takes place while Poe was being treated in the Washington College Hospital in Baltimore Maryland where he would die four days later. He is brought into the ward delirious and uncommunicative. In the throes of his illness Poe has a series of flashbacks where he relives events in his life. These events reveal the tragic losses, his creative successes, his troubled upbringing, and the lack of the love he craved during his short life, while giving a glimpse into how these experiences effected the art he left behind.
Some of his works are recited in part and in whole during the production.