contemPOErary
Meat & Potato Theatre presents con·temp·POE·rar·y, a thrilling evening of six of Poe stories and three poems including The Raven, The Purloined Letter, and The Pit and the Pendulum. Each of Poe’s immortal tales has been modernized to bring their chilling, unnatural qualities into even sharper focus: the sailor in MS in a Bottle is from a high-tech research vessel, the spiteful philanthropist in Cask of Amontillado is a host at the Cannes film festival, and The Bells is reimagined as a rap song. Rob Hartman (composer for M&P’s Aliens: The Puppet Musical) returns to transform two of Poe’s heartbreaking poems into 1940’s-style torch songs. M&P’s signature theatricality will be used throughout the production. Puppets, masks, songs, dance, and live sound effects will uniquely define each piece. (Spring, 2016)
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Jeffrey Ingman narrates The Raven.

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"For that rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore..."

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The raven himself in a Steampunk-inspired version of The Raven.

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Mallory (Raina Thorne) crashes Montressor's (Josh Thoemke) costume ball in Poe's The Cask of Amontillado.

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Obnoxious Mallory and a reluctant Montressor.

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Montressor's finally got Mallory where he wants her.

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The Wife (Rebecca Marcotte) returns home to her annoying Husband (Jeffrey Ingman) in this dumbshow version of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart.

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The Husband pushes a vacation a long way from quiet home.

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The Wife can't take her Husband's annoying ticks anymore.

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And proceeds to dismember him.

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The Wife hides her Husband's body parts in the floor boards, including (of course) the Tell Tale Heart.

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After the pounding heart of her dead Husband drives the Wife to confesses to her crimes and finally enjoys the peace and quiet she deserves...before being hung for murder.

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Raina Thorne sings Rob Hartmann's haunting torch song version of Poe's Annabel Lee.

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Raina Thorne laments the loss of her Annabel Lee.

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Gloria Wise (Rebecca Marcotte) begins her story in Poe's MS Found in a Bottle.

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The sole survivors of a freak tsunami, shipmates Wise and Heinrik (Jeffrey Ingman) argue about how to save themselves.

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After a fluke accident, Gloria finds herself on a different ship whose inhabitants are decidedly strange.

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Gloria finds the captain of the ship she's on.

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Rather than shrink in dispair, Gloria takes the opportunity to study the inhabitants around her.

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Gloria ponders why the ship is heading so quickly south.

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Gloria's confidence about her fate begins to wane.

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"...for I believe the Yamamoto has reached it's final destination...and I am dead."

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Psyche Zenobia (Raina Thorne) waits to interview Blackwood.

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Blackwood (Jeffrey Ingman) and Psyche strike an accord.

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Then Blackwood demands Psyche strike his hand!

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Psyche Zenobia: talentless maniac.

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Blackwood: even more so.

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Jeffrey and Raina enjoying themselves.

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Josh Thoemke as Dubov in Poe's The Purloined Letter.

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Dubov listens to the frustrated rantings of Inspector Ivana Rostnakovich (Rebecca Marcotte) who can't seem to locate the ominous document.

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Silver Bells. Music by Rob Hartmann. Choreography by William Richardson.

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Golden Bells

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Brazen Bells

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Brazen Bells

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Iron Bells

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Iron Bells

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The imprisoned narrator in the Pit and the Pendulum.

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The narrator tries to define his world in order to keep from losing his mind.

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While traversing the room in total darkness, the narrator slips and falls - luckily saving himself from falling into an unseen pit.

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The mechanical walls begin to push the narrator closer to the bottomless pit!

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Rebecca Marcotte preps for a performance.

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Jeffrey Ingman during How to Write a Blackwood Article rehearsals.

William

William Richardson: stage manager and choreographer

CastCrew

The cast and crew of Meat & Potato's contemPOErary.

Backdrop

Ruth Weisman's amazing, hand-painted backdrop of E.A. Poe (16'x16').