Famous Halloween Poems
by Edgar Allan Poe

Duration: 1 Hour

Performed by
Stephen Mead

Where to Meet:

Zoom

Join us for an evening of dark delights with a live virtual performance of several selections of Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poetry performed by Stephen Mead. We have selected the best poems that will give you the perfect feel of a dark and dreary creepy Halloween. These short poems will put anyone into the mood of the Halloween season. Stephen will perform “The Bells,” “The Raven”, “The Tell-tale Heart”, and “The Masque of the Red Death.” for you live through Zoom.

About Stephen

He has made a specialty of reciting works of Poe, from memory and bringing them to vivid life before your eyes. He has had the honor of performing these works at the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and at Poe House in Baltimore numerous times and has performed them at many venues in the USA, UK, and continental Europe. for you online in your home. Most 19th -century literature was written to be heard as well as read. and Stephen’s gripping performances of these pieces have enthralled audiences in the USA and UK since 1987. No costumes, no special lighting, no sets, only the performer in a bare space engaging your imagination.

Stephen was born in the US but lived in England from an early age and graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and speaks with a British accent. Hailed as “a brilliant artist” by Washington City Paper and ‘a virtuoso” by DC Theatre Arts, this will provide a gripping and unforgettable experience!

His performances are conducted through Zoom.  Please download Zoom prior to the beginning of his performance.

Pricing:

$30.00
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" Mead seamlessly evokes one character after another in rapid succession....All manner of characters vividly form through his distinct, convincing, and bold voices, delivered with an almost fervid zeal. He brings forth visual life to even minor characters through voice alone; the testament to his talents becomes radiantly apparent, and you’ll quickly recognize this man is no novice."

The Program

THE RAVEN

“The Raven” is a narrative poem that has perfectly for created supernatural atmosphere by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845. The poem tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. As the Raven stands on a bust of Pallas, the raven with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore” drives the lover mad. The poem makes use of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references.

 Length: about 12 minutes

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – “The Masque of the Red Death” The story follows Prince Prospero’s attempts to avoid a dangerous plague, known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey. He decides to through a large masquerade ball and invites all his wealthy friends.  The party takes place in seven rooms, each decorated with a different color. When the party is in full swing, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim appears and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero becomes furious and confronts this mysterious guest. And the moral of the story is death finds everyone.   

 

Length: about 18 minutes

THE BELLS

“The Bells” is a heavily onomatopoeic poem by Edgar Allan Poe which was not published until after his death in 1849. It is perhaps best known for the diacope use of the word “bells.” The poem has four parts to it; each part becomes darker and darker as the poem progresses from happy Christmas Bells towards the last Death Knell bells

Length: about 7 minutes

THE TELL-TALE HEART –

“The Tell-Tale Heart” first published in 1843. It is related by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of the narrator’s sanity while simultaneously describing a murder he has committed. He did the deed because the victim was an old man with a filmy “vulture-eye”. The narrator describes how he choose the perfect time of the murder, attempting the perfect crime, complete with dismembering and hiding the body under the floorboards. But suddenly he becomes unhinged by hearing a thumping sound, which the narrator interprets as the dead man’s beating heart. 

 Length: about 18 minutes

About Stephen

Stephen was born in the US but lived in England from an early age and graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and speaks with a British accent. Hailed as “a brilliant artist” by Washington City Paper and ‘a virtuoso” by DC Theatre Arts, this will provide a gripping and unforgettable experience!

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