Planet Poe presents
The PIT AND THE PENDULUM
and other works By Edgar Allan Poe
7pm door; 8pm performance
Tickets: $15 available at door (Alwun House members free)
Directed by Robert X. Planet
Starring Baron Dixon, Joy Bingham Strimple and Wanda McHatton
Audio Brian Popovec
Teeming hordes of ravenous rats suddenly swarming from a stinking sewer may provide strange salvation for a hapless soul who wakes to find himself strapped into a diabolical device while the razor-like blade of a mechanized overhead pendulum slashes inexorably closer in Poe’s harrowing suspense yarn set in a Toledo torture dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition. The Pit and the Pendulum highlights an evening of dramatic readings performed by costumed professional actors, enhanced with stage set and original sound score.
The Halloween-themed program of iconic Poe classics also features a rare, “distaff” adaptation of The Cask of Amontillado performed by women, plus poems including “The Conqueror Worm,” “Alone,” “Imitation” and “The Raven.” And finally, by popular demand, the entire ensemble will reprise a rollicking audience favorite that premiered in Planet Poe’s MADHOUSE program in 2012: A multi-character dramatization of The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, the hilarious—and scandalously ribald—chronicle of an innocent abroad who becomes embroiled in bizarre escapades while touring an insane asylum known for employing an outlandish experimental therapy.
Champagne reception follows the performance. Monsters Menagerie art exhibit showing in Gallery.