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First Stage presents dark tale based on horror master’s works

October 20, 2017

Taking the stage for one weekend only is a treat for Halloween — “Poe’s Midnight Dreary” which is based on the life and stories by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.

First Stage Theatre Company presents the show, which includes highlights from Poe’s work, including “The Raven,” “The Black Cat” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Huntington Middle School, 925 3rd St., Huntington.

Tickets, available at the door, are $8; $6 for seniors and kids under 12.

It’s the first show of the season for First Stage Theatre Company.

Following is a Q&A with the actor portraying Poe, Lillian Ramsier:

QUESTION: What is the play “Poe’s Midnight Dreary” about?

ANSWER: The play takes place in a hospital in Baltimore. Throughout the play, Poe is haunted by his creations as he and the others narrate his stories.

Q: Tell us about the part you play.

A: I play Poe, the lead in the show. It’s been one of the best roles so far.

Q: Why did you want to be part of this play?

A: I wanted to be part of this show because I love Poe and his works, and I love working with First Stage.

Q: What shows have you done before — or is this your first play?

A: This is definitely not my first show. It’s my 13th show all together. I’ve been in other shows like “Tom Sawyer” as Huck Finn and “Without Strings” as Cricket.

Q: If a kid reading this was thinking about trying out for a play, what would you tell them?

A: Do it. Shows are so much fun and has helped me with so much. It’s a great experience for everyone.

Q: Why would you recommend “Poe’s Midnight Dreary?”

A: If they like scary things and Poe, they’ll love this. It’s a great story line, and it may be a once in a lifetime experience to see this show.