Center for the Arts Presents Murder by Poe

Posted: January 28, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In a drama combining psychological and supernatural elements that only the father of the classic horror story could concoct, Murder by Poe, by noted playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, brings Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of the macabre to life. Hatcher weaves together four tales into a tapestry of revenge, suicide, obsession, and murder, directed by John Miller-Stephany. The talented young cast members of The Acting Company perform Friday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. in George Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The setting is a remote mansion on a “dark and stormy night…” as a traveler arrives seeking shelter and encounters four others who have found their way to this desolate place. Waiting out the storm, each tells how they came to be in this same room, and each of their stories has to do with murder. The Poe adaptations are from The Tell Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Mystery of Marie Roget.

Director Miller-Stephany is associate artistic director of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and was previously associate producer of The Acting Company. Hatcher is the adapter of Tuesdays with Morrie, based on Mitch Albom’s bestseller. He is the author of the book for the musical Never Gonna Dance, currently on Broadway. Hatcher is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those bestowed by the National Playwrights Conference (five times), the McKnight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund and New Dramatists, among others.

Murder by Poe continues The Acting Company’s efforts of commissioning, developing, and producing new plays based on great American literature. Recipient of a 2003 Tony Award for Excellence in Theater, the company promotes theater and literacy by bringing a touring repertory of classical productions, talented young actors, and teaching artists into communities across America.

Tickets for Murder by Poe are $32, $24, $16; all children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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