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October 28, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-NEWS

World Premiere of Murder by Poe at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Kean University’s Professional Theatre Series will present the world premiere of The Acting Company’s production of Murder by Poe, a play by Jeffrey Hatcher that weaves together four Edgar Allen Poe tales into a tapestry of revenge, suicide, obsession and murder.

Production dates and times are Saturday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 23, at 3 p.m., in Wilkins Theatre, located on the main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $19 for senior citizens, and $15 for students. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).

Murder by Poe takes place in a remote mansion on a dark and stormy night. A traveler arrives to seek shelter and encounters four others who have found their way to this desolate place. As they wait out the storm, each tells how they came to the same room, and every story has to do with murder. Derived from Poe’s classic short stories The Tell Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Mystery of Marie Roget, the play is a meditation on mystery, creativity, love and death.

The Acting Company had noted playwright Jeffrey Hatcher bring Poe’s tales of the macabre to life, making it their fourth effort to commission, develop and produce new plays based on great American literature. Founded in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and current Producing Director Margot Harley with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division, the Tony Award®-winning Acting Company has performed 79 plays for more than 2 million people in 48 states and nine foreign countries. It has given a generation of actors the opportunity to master their craft, including Kevin Kline, Frances Conroy and Jeffrey Wright, and has been hailed by The Miami Herald as “one of this country’s most exciting, creative and impressive theatre companies.” Actress Angela Lansbury called it “the hope of the American theatre.”