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Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive at Virginia Western

Edgar Allan Poe spent many of his formative years in a foster home in Virginia.  His tragic life, mysterious death, and wealth of literary work continue to intrigue and delight college students and adults alike.

For these reasons, and to celebrate Poe’s 101st birthday on Jan. 19, the Virginia Western School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences presents “Edgar Allan Poe’s Intrigue, Intellect and Influence.”

Professor Sue Thomas and Assistant Professor Kathy Boylan received a grant from the Virginia Western Educational Foundation to bring the project to campus.  As a kick off, a live performance of “Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive!” will be held on Friday, Jan. 14 in Virginia Western’s Whitman Theatre.

Two performances will be held, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The live performance features Scott Craig Jones of The Traveling Jones Theater.

Jones brings Poe and his literary masterpieces to life in Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive!  a one-man show. The performance features eight of Poe’s most well-known works: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Conqueror Worm, Spirits of the Dead, Eldorado, The Masque of the Red Death and A Dream Within a Dream, in their entirety.  The pieces are book-ended by Poe himself (Jones) as he somewhat humorously reminisces about his life, and death.

The Traveling Jones Theater, of Shenandoah, Virginia strives to reintroduce America to American Literature using excellence in performing arts as the conduit, which fits well into the project planned at Virginia Western.

“The ‘Edgar Allan Poe’s Intrigue, Intellect and Influence’ project allows us to offer many more people in Southwestern Virginia an opportunity to learn much more about Poe and his work and his influence,” said Kathy Boylan, assistant professor of English.

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