THE POE PORTRAITS: A Haunting Two-Show Day With Nevermore Star Ryan Parker
Nevermore is written, composed and directed by Catalyst Theatre artistic director Jonathan Christenson.
Originally produced by Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton, Canada, in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of Poe's birth (Jan. 19, 1809), Nevermore has toured extensively, including sold-out engagements at London's Barbican Center and New York's New Victory Theatre in 2010. It has been expanded since its first New York appearance in 2010, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script. The cast includes Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchet, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker, Garett Ross, Scott Shpeley and Lindsie VanWinkle with understudies Jennifer Byrne, Stephen Cerf and Rob Morrison.
Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, according to press notes, "is a whimsical and chilling musical play about the enigmatic writer who has fascinated the world for more than a century. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world's most original, visionary and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. At once gorgeous and grotesque, Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe's character and career and giving powerful expression to Poe's words 'all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.'"
The physical world of Nevermore, including sets, costumes and lighting, is designed by Bretta Gerecke. The production features choreography by Laura Krewski and sound design is by Wade Staples.
Nevermore is produced by Radio Mouse Entertainment, Martin Hummel, Caiola Productions, Terry Schnuck, Susan Jaffe Tane, Hernreich-Horvath Productions, Catalyst Theatre in association with Fireboat Productions, Mary Cossette, and Meredith Lynsey Schade. Associate producers are Carol L. Bixler and Deepa Desai.
New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street. For tickets, priced $75-$95, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. A limited number of $30 rush tickets for each performance will be available for purchase by audience members under 30 years old two hours prior to each performance while supplies last.