Carriage Lane Players To Present Live Radio Play “Twisted Tales Of Poe”
The Carriage Lane Players have announced their next show, titled “Twisted Tales of Poe.” This chilling collection of four famous stories from Edgar Allan Poe will be presented as a live radio drama. Those in attendance can expect to feel like they are in the studio of a 1940s-era radio show, with the actors speaking out the dialogue as live sound effects are performed before the audience’s very eyes.
This will be the fourth live radio show performed by the Carriage Lane Players, who have done similar projects including the “War of the Worlds” and a collection of vintage Hitchcock radio dramas.
“Twisted Tales of Poe” provides a spine-tingling evening, as prisoners gathered in the Leverett Street Jail share their stories as they await their eventual fate. The Caretaker (Nika Harper) tries to prove her sanity as she relays her experience with “The Tell-Tale Heart.” A matter-of-fact Montresor (Steve Bunnell) brings listeners into the depths of “The Cask of Amontillado,” and the fate of Fortunato (Charles Jordan). The Poet (Thomas Jordan) recites the famous tale of something that happened “Once, upon a midnight dreary,” with a telling of “The Raven.” And, in the darkest tale of all, audiences are left with the warped deeds of Augustus Bedloe, who is driven to depravity by a certain “Black Cat.”
In addition to the members of the cast, the sound design is an entire character of its own, and onlookers will watch as bells are rung, bricks are laid, and thunder is struck by a buffet of live sound effects that are done in real-time. Performing in “Twisted Tales of Poe” are Steve Bunnell, Charles Jordan, Thomas Jordan, Nika Harper, Amy Mihalik, Alice Umlah, Cheryl Eastland, Ruth Priolo, Paul Priolo, and Becky Bunnell, along with Stephanie Lassonde doing hair and makeup.
The show will be held at the Great North Woods Center for the Arts in Columbia (the former Shrine of Our Lady of Grace property). Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 8. Tickets are available online at www.gnwca.org or at Fiddleheads Gift Shoppe in Colebrook, or at the door. Reservations can also be made by calling the Carriage Lane Players at 348-1671, or online at http://carriage-lane-players.square.site/.