EDGAR ALLAN POE (35-50)
At the end of his life, the famous author is a shell of his former self. An
alcoholic, depressed and driven to madness by jealousy and his obsession with
his dead child-bride, Poe finds peace only in his death. As in one of his
works, the main character's obsession leads to his demise. He is tired and
withered but eloquent. His alcoholism has not erased his famous charm. The
essential archetype of the dysfunctional artist, his artistic persona
overshadowing his authentic self.
VIRGINIA POE (18-25)
Married to Poe at age 13, Virginia has now been dead for two years. Her spirit
appears to Poe, guiding him through his life and leading him towards his death.
She is youthful, beautiful and otherworldly with captivating eyes. The only
light in Poe's dysfunctional life, Virginia serves as Poe's idealized object
for love. She cannot cope with being Poe's only source of joy.
MARIA CLEMM (35-50)
Poe's mother in law and Virginia's mother. She blames Poe for her
daughter's death and resents his continued literary success. A stern, bitter
and cruel-looking matriarch, Maria guards the secret that drives Poe to madness
and death. She knowingly guards the validation and maternal approval desperately
sought after by Poe.
PRUDENCE RIGHTS (20-35)
A young woman in love with Poe, or rather, in love with Poe's fame.
Simple-minded, obsessed with fashion and popularity, Prudence has almost given
up on Poe who remains obsessed with his late wife, Virginia.
Auditions will take place between January 31st and February 5th. If you are interested, please contact our production office by phone or e-mail at: