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RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE

Part of Out There 2015

“This exquisite show is among the most original musical theater works I’ve seen in years.” —New York Times

Theater magician Thaddeus Phillips teams up with the Minneapolis-based musical duo Wilhelm Bros. & Co. (Jeremy and David Wilhelm) to create a visually striking and sonically complex action-opera centered on the odd details surrounding Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious last days. Set in September 1849, the playfully humorous yet dark RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE follows Poe on his last lecture tour from Virginia to New York, focusing on a stop in Maryland. There a train conductor saw Poe, wearing a strangers clothes, headed south just a few days before his death. Using altered perspectives and ingenious stagecraft, this wildly inventive work is informed by 19th-century train routes, historical accounts, and Poe’s letters to his mother-in-law to create a spellbinding sketch of a man you soon realize you know little about.

Meet the Artists

Postshow Reception

Thursday, January 29
Meet the artists after the show at a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.

Postshow Q & A

Friday, January 30
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.

SpeakEasy

Saturday, January 31
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. SpeakEasy conversations are hosted by a tour guide and members of the local performing arts community.

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Funding

Support provided by Producers’ Council members Nor Hall and Roger Hale and the National Theater Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.