Masque of the Red Death Plays St. Luke's Theatre Beginning Aug. 27

News   Masque of the Red Death Plays St. Luke's Theatre Beginning Aug. 27 The award-winning Los Angeles-based Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group makes its New York City debut Aug. 27 with Edgar Allan Poe's Masque of the Red Death & The Tell-Tale Heart & The Bells at Off-Broadway's St. Luke's Theatre.

The two-act production — directed and produced by Zombie Joe — features three Poe tales. Opening night is scheduled for Sept. 3.

The three tales include The Masque of the Red Death, which "follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding, along with his 1,000 guests, within the excesses of his luxurious abbey"; The Tell-Tale Heart, described as a "story of one man's obsession, hatred and dominion over an old man's haunting blue eye and the beating of his hideous heart"; and The Bells, Poe's "epic four-part poem about the relentless clanging and clamoring of the bells that haunt and preside over us all, set to a score by Christopher Reiner."

The cast comprises Heike Brunner, Denise L. Devine, Mark Hein, Billy Minogue, Maria Olsen, Geoffrey Parrish, Jonica Patella, Lynn Sher, Richard Wald, Jana Wimer and Ann Marie Yoo.

The production, according to press notes, uses "every word of Poe's original texts [and] embellishes the conventional first person recitation into a fluid, ever-shifting expressionistic mass. Audience members are invited to don party masks and join in."

In a statement "Zombie Joe" said, "This is our homage to the late, great master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. We are delighted to bring three of Poe's most dynamic tales to New York audiences. Each of his frightening tales of terror are told, word for word, in our stylized 'performance fusion' with the group's signature staging, choreography and original music." Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM.

St. Luke's Theatre is located in Manhattan at 308 West 46th Street. For tickets, priced $56.50, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

For more information about Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, go to www.ZombieJoes.com.

Denise L. Devine, Billy Minogue and Maria Olsen
Denise L. Devine, Billy Minogue and Maria Olsen Photo by Zombie Joe