Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. The most recurring themes of his writings deal with questions of death, the effects of decomposition, concerns of premature burial, the revival of the dead, and mourning. He was considered a "mad man" or a "troubled genius".
The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival is bringing this "madman" to life in an original production of EDGAR, a play conceived by Shakespeare Festival founder and director Kermit Christman. The show premiered in 1994 and has since toured South Florida.
EDGAR followers the life of Poe, as he encounters the “Man”, who represents the various male figures that influenced Poe and the “Woman”, who symbolizes the many women that deeply affected his personal life and writing. Poe’s own private disturbances take the form of the ghost of “Lenore”, whom Poe idealized as flawless.
EDGAR runs January 15-16, 2016 at the Veterans Plaza in Palm Beach Gardens. Admission is free thanks to sponsorship from the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Inc.
An encore production of EDGAR runs February 12-14, 2016 at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets are $20 for adults; free for students with ID and for children. For tickets visit www.pbshakespeare.org.