Actor Nick Horan.
Actor Nick Horan. (Handout, Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore's Iron Crow Theatre is honoring Edgar Allan Poe with a twist. And Nick Horan will be in the middle of the action.

The actor is one of many performing at "The Homo Poe Show," which takes famous Poe text and looks at it through a queer lens.


Horan has two roles in the show, opening 8 p.m. Friday and running through April 5 at Theatre Project. The first is a mad, inordinately wealthy writer who falls in love with his cousin.

"The writing is stunning. All set to the backdrop of sea and nature. I am desperately hoping to do his words justice," said Horan, 25, of Waverly. "The character is such a tortured soul. I hope the audience will see this man and just love him. He is the type of guy you want to hold in your arms and protect from the harshness of the world. I do."

His second character is of a one-time entertainer who has lost his path, having to make the choice of whether to join the deceased or live his life.

"He is a fighter and a survivor, which resonates deeply with me. I just flip a switch and there he is, ready to go," said Horan.

The evening will consist of four new works by Baltimore and New York playwrights, two aerial solos from Mara Neimanis, and a dance choreographed by Tony Byrd. The final piece will be an act put together by the actors of Iron Crow Theatre.

Horan took a break to talk to us about his love for "The Golden Girls," hatred for nail biting and more.

Worst pet peeve? The orange cones people put out in residential neighborhoods to mark "their" spot. THE STREET BELONGS TO ALL OF US!

What songs are you loving and hating right now? I'm loving "Feed Me Diamonds" by MNDR. So good. Can we please stop covering "Let It Go"? Thanks.

Last concert/gig you went to? Beyoncé. I wish it was something other than that, but it's the truth. She killed.

Your worst habit? Nail biting. Since second grade.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? This god-forsaken weather.

Last movie you liked/disliked? I just watched an incredible documentary called "The Queen." It was about a New York drag pageant in 1967. The courage and the struggle were palpable. I was in tears by the end. I hated "Her."

TV shows you can't get enough of? "Mad Men," "The Golden Girls," "American Horror Story" and "The Nanny."

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Shoo-Fly Diner.


Best advice you ever got? In the immortal words of RuPaul: "Don't f--- it up!"

Last great meal you had? I made a pork curry with apples and honey the other night that was baller.

Warm-up ritual? Never use the bathroom. Somehow I think it gives me energy. I've never gone to the bathroom right before a performance.

Favorite part of the show? Right before the lights go down on the audience and all the actors are in place. Just waiting. There is a tangible buzz that runs through my whole body. It's why I do theater.

Favorite piece by Edgar Allan Poe? "The Cask of Amontillado."

Favorite thing about Baltimore? "The Homo Poe Show."