BRATTLEBORO — Shoot the Moon Theater Company presents "7 By Poe," on Oct. 21 to 22 and Oct. 27 through 29, at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Brattleboro .
These stagings of stories and poems by 19th century American author Edgar Allan Poe are a return to the roots of the company, says artistic director Joshua Moyse. Back in 2012, he staged the initial versions of Poe's classic horror tales, "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death" at the Center for Digital Art.
Jennifer Moyse reprises her role in "The Masque of the Red Death" from the first production and Xoe Perra performs "The Tell-Tale Heart." Joshua Goldstein takes the narrator's role in "The Cask of Amontillado," another short story in from Poe's horror genre; while Jon Mack and Corinne Epstein take on the satire, "The Devil in the Belfry."
Three of Poe's most well-known poem are also brought to life by John Ogorzalek ("Annabel Lee"); Terry Carter ("The Bells" ) and Colin Grube ("The Raven").
Moyse says the single-person casting was deliberate to highlight the theme of isolation that pervaded Poe's work. He adds that he also wanted to stay as true as possible to the author's original texts which were written primarily as first-person accounts of the story's events.
"We're trying to encapsulate the horror, woe, misery or comedy of the story," says Moyse. "Those are the qualities that have made Poe's stories such classics. The scare factor doesn't come from a vampire or a werewolf. The things that are scary in these works are ourselves."
Show times are 7:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $12. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 802-254-9276. The Hooker-Dunham Theater is located at 139 Main St., Brattleboro.
"7 By Poe" closes out Shoot the Moon's first formal season as the company-in-residence at The Hooker-Dunham Theater. Other shows this season were "Cameo," an original production inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the David Ives comedy, "Venus in Fur." The company will return in 2017 with three new productions.