HARRISBURG – Gamut Theatre Group will present “The Conqueror Worm: An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe” from September 17-25, 2010. This production marks the official beginning of Gamut’s new Stage Door Series, which offers diverse, exciting classically-themed programming with simpler technical elements than a Mainstage season production, focusing simply on the words and emotional journeys in a piece. All productions in the Stage Door Series are Bring Your Own Price, where any size donation buys admission to the show. The Series’ motto is “Come as you are, pay what you will.”
In “The Conqueror Worm,” six actors will bring to life six classic Edgar Allen Poe works, including “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Raven.” Music and movement combined with the timeless, piercing words of Poe will create a haunting and memorable evening of performance.
“The Conqueror Worm” is adapted and directed by Gamut’s Director of Development, David Ramon Zayas, who has always been fascinated by Poe’s work.
“I’ve always loved the works of Edgar Allen Poe,” he explains. “In fact, while adapting the pieces for the stage, I’ve worked from the copy of [Poe’s] Complete Works that was gifted to me in elementary school.”
The actors in “The Conqueror Worm” are Robert Campbell, Brenda C. Eppley, Karen Ruch, Alex Kaschock, Noah Satterlee and Abrielle Mapp. The latter two actors are students at Danzante Community Art Center in Harrisburg.
“The pieces that are being highlighted all demonstrate the fragility of life, love, sanity, and even safety,” says Zayas. “They are framed within ‘The Conqueror Worm,’ a poem which equates life as we know it to a divine drama, the hero of which being the worm, who is the ultimate victor over man.”
Ultimately, Zayas’ vision is centered on Poe’s language and the journey of each of his characters that the language conveys.
“Characters in Poe often find themselves fevered with passion over things lost and things imagined,” Zayas explains. “That passion and tension will be conveyed through words and silence, stillness and motion by six talented local actors and dancers for an unforgettable evening.”
“The Conqueror Worm” will be presented at Gamut Classic Theatre on the third floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg from September 17-25. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Gamut Theatre Group at 717-238-4111 or visit www.gamutplays.org