Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Summoners Ensemble Theatre, in association with the Merchant’s House Museum, is pleased to announce Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe, a haunting new solo showcase that will play ten performances only this fall at the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. 4th Street, Manhattan), New York City's only 19th century family home preserved intact, inside and out.

Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe will be performed by John Kevin Jones, seen previously over the past 5 years in A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House. His Christmas Carol collaborator, director Rhonda Dodd, also helms Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe.

Killing An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe is an Actors' Equity Association approved Showcase.

Tickets, priced at $18 for all performances, are now on sale HERE or (800) 838-3006. Seating is strictly limited to 40 per performance.

In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived on Amity Street (now W. 3rd Street) just blocks from the Merchant's House. His publication of “The Raven” had brought him instant fame and invitations to the city's most fashionable literary salons. Join John Kevin Jones (A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House) as the great master of horror in the Tredwells’ candlelit double parlor for a hauntingly memorable performance of Poe's thrilling tales, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Raven.” It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.

The production’s performance schedule is:

· Friday, October 12 at 7PM

· Saturday, October 13 at 7PM

· Sunday, October 14 at 7PM

· Monday, October 15 at 7PM

· Tuesday, October 16 at 7PM

· Monday, October 22 at 7PM

· Tuesday, October 23 at 5PM

· Tuesday, October 23 at 7PM

· Wednesday, October 31 at 6:30PM

· Wednesday, October 31 at 8:30PM

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JOHN KEVIN JONES: Kevin is the executive director of Summoners Ensemble and a member of Actors Equity Association, and the Dramatists Guild of America. New York: A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House (SET), Nothing But Trash (TFTNC) Jeffrey (starring Bryan Batt - Lincoln Center) The Winter’s Tale and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Hipgnosis Theatre). Regional: The Pavilion (American Stage), Othello (Arkansas Rep), The Rivals, All My Sons (Kentucky Rep), Angels in America, Gross Indecency (Playhouse on the Square). BA in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida and MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Memphis.

DR. RHONDA DODD (Director) – An award winning actor, technician, and director, Rhonda made her New York acting debut with Terese Hayden and Jacqueline Brookes’ Workshop in Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment. She spent 10 years working at Circle in the Square Theatre School, mostly as Associate Director, while acting and producing around town and regionally. She is a proud member of Actors Equity and The Playground Experiment – a fun forum for theatre artists to explore, test, and showcase new work while finding inspiration and support from the community that it creates. Dr. Dodd is the Artistic Director of Summoners Ensemble Theatre whose mission is to promote recognition of diverse non-profits through collaborative works with performing artists.

SUMMONERS ENSEMBLE: Founded by a group of actors who studied together at Circle in the Square Theatre School’s Professional Acting Training program, Summoners Ensemble joined the ranks of New York theatre companies in 1993. Created as a collaborative to allow the members to share in all of the functions needed in running a theatre company, Summoners remains a collective effort as we jointly produce theatrical events with other non-profits or as we find ourselves acting and directing, writing and producing. As part of this mission, Summoners is now in its fourth year of producing our Executive Director and Artistic Director’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House in alliance with the Merchant’s House Museum.

MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM: Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House is New York City’s only 19th century family home preserved virtually intact, with original family furnishings and personal belongings. A unique survivor of Old New York, the House offers an intimate glimpse of how a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants lived from 1835-1865, when New York City grew from seaport to thriving metropolis.

The Merchant’s House is a National Historic Landmark and in New York City is distinguished as one of only 117 buildings that have NYC landmark status for both its exterior and interior.