Celebrating Poe's 186th birthday


January 15, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Edgar Allan Poe impersonator Conrad Pomerleau will present a two-act drama about the poet who lived in Baltimore as part of the Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Celebration next weekend at Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets.

Commemorating the 186th birthday of one of America's most famous writers, the two-day event will feature performances of Mr. Pomerleau's "Poe in Person" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The play is adapted from Poe's essays, journals, letters and poetry, and provides glimpses into such aspects of the poet's life as his dismissal from West Point and his hopes for literature in America.

In addition, musician Greg Starbuck will perform popular songs from Poe's era on period instruments before Friday's performance, and writer Arno Karlen, author of "Napoleon's Glands and Other Ventures into Biohistory," will speak about Poe's ailments before Saturday's show.

At the conclusion of each theater performance, members of the John F. Nicoll Pipe Band will perform a bagpipe and drum tribute to Poe. On Saturday evening, Poe House curator Jeff Jerome will lead visitors to Poe's grave for a birthday toast.

Tickets for Friday evening are $13 for adults and $7 for children age 17 and under. Tickets for Saturday are $18 for adults and $8 for children age 17 and under.

The weekend celebration also marks the 150th anniversary year of "The Raven," Poe's most famous poem. As a tribute, Mr. Jerome and Baltimore actor David Keltz have written a one-act drama, "Confessions of the Raven," which will premiere at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 22 at Westminster Hall. These matinee performances are $8 for adults and $5 for children age 17 and under.

Poe fans can also visit the Poe House, 203 N. Amity St., from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 22.

The birthday celebration weekend is sponsored by the Poe House. For details, call (410) 396-7932.


* Fells Point Corner Theatre will hold auditions for its production of "Nothing Sacred" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23-24 at the theater, 251 S. Ann St. The production, directed by Denise Ratajczak, calls for four men age 20 to 70. Call (410) 327-5056.

* Auditions for Impossible Industrial Action Theater's production of "I Married A Fly" are scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. The production calls for two men age 20 to 40 and one woman age 20 to 35. Call (410) 830-3883.

* Liberty Showcase Theatre is seeking staff for its spring production of "Steel Magnolias" and its summer production of "The Wizard of Oz." To apply for the position of director, musical director, choreographer, technical director, producer, publicist, accompanist, set chief or crew chief, submit a resume by Jan. 31 to Liberty Showcase Theatre, c/o Glenn D. Solomon, 2133B Woodbox Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21209. For details, call (410) 653-1184.

* The Chesapeake Concert Band, a volunteer band that performs for outdoor groups and shut-ins, is auditioning musicians proficient in flute, saxophone, French horn, trombone and tuba. The band performs marches, show tunes and standards. Musicians must be free for rehearsals and performances on Wednesday nights. For details and to schedule an audition, call (410) 252-3941 or (410) 337-0724.


* The Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore will hold a stage reading of the play "The Pearl Divers" at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at its theatre, 908 Washington Blvd. The free reading is followed by a discussion. For details, call (410) 727-1847.

* The Baltimore Playwrights Festival will hold a reading of an original play at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Vagabonds Theatre, 806 S. Broadway. A discussion and criticism will follow the free reading. For details, call (410) 276-2153.


Feb. 1 is the deadline to apply for full-tuition theatre scholarships at the University of Maryland, College Park. High school and community college students are eligible to apply and compete for these awards sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities.

Recipients are chosen by UM theater faculty members and are judged on the basis of their applications, teachers' recommendations, academic reports and auditions.

Full-tuition awards, renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study, are awarded to several incoming students who possess exceptional acting or design/technical talent in theater.

In addition, the university's Theatre Patrons Association awards $1,000 scholarships to talented theatre students entering as full-time freshmen. For further information or applications, call (301) 405-6683.

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