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“Edgar & Emily,” The Fantastic Tale of Two Scribes United by Fate

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“Edgar & Emily,” The Fantastic Tale of Two Scribes United by Fate

April 5, 2018      In Articles by MC Comments Off on “Edgar & Emily,” The Fantastic Tale of Two Scribes United by Fate

[As published in West Palm Beach Magazine.]

What if Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson, two of America’s greatest poets of the 1800s, had met? This new play at Palm Beach Dramaworks captivates the audience from the start. The story is a passionate, inconsolable cry from the poets’ hearts and it’s beautifully done.

Many of the works that Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson wrote are marked by deep sadness over the death of a loved one. It is a sadness that both knew too well, which began in both their childhoods and continued throughout their lives, haunting them forever.

Poe and Dickinson created beauty with their poetry, but it is their darker side that propels to convey a Gothic writing style that pulls their readers into their nightmares. They left us with literary brilliance, but they did not leave any treatise to explain their work, so we can come to their poetry or short fiction [Poe’s] with an open mind, and unearth whatever it is we need to find.

Their obsession with darkness did not go unnoticed, not even by playwright Joseph McDonough, who with a little artistic license and lots of imagination went on to create “Edgar & Emily,” now a world premiere play at Palm Beach Dramaworks, playing thru April 22. This comic fantasia, as William Hayes, the director of the play, likes to call it, poses the question: “What if Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson, two of America’s greatest poets of the 1800s, had met?” Read more>>

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