Immersive theater experience conjures Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is coming to Mount Vernon!

"Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," an immersive theatrical experience that promises to "channel the spirit and characters of one of Baltimore's most treasured writers," will debut at the historic Mount Vernon home of Enoch Pratt in March.

The show will feature six main characters drawn from Poe's life and works, all of whom will interact with visitors. Audience members will be able to explore the sets and choose which stories to follow.

Audiences will be encouraged to move through the performance at their own pace. They are also encouraged to "arrive on-time, wear comfortable shoes, banish all fear and indulge hope."

The show is being directed by Glenn Ricci and Susan Stroupe. It is being presented under the auspices of the Maryland Historical Society.

“Baltimore is a great place for immersive theater, because both the artists and audiences are very adventurous and ready to have new theatrical experiences,” Stroupe said in a news release.

A video teaser for the show, complete with ghostly images and eerie sound effects, can be viewed here.

The performances, which are scheduled to run through early May, will be held in the Enoch Pratt House, at 201 W. Monument St. The 1840s Greek Revival structure was home to famed philanthropist Enoch Pratt, whose legacy includes his namesake library, until his death in 1896. It became the property of the historical society in 1916, and was visited hy touring school groups for decades. It has been closed to the public since 2004.

“We are thrilled to once again open the doors of the historic Enoch Pratt house near the Howard Street corridor, and to host a new style of performance theater that is a testament to Baltimore’s blossoming art scene,” society President Burt Kummerow said in a statement.

Tickets for "Mesmeric Revelations," which will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, will run $35-$65. More information, including tickets, can be found here.


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