Victorian Players present Poe tale

Staff report


After skipping a year, Edgar Allan Poe will again visit Victorian Players Theater for Halloween.

J.E. Ballantyne Jr. has adapted Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” adding it to the theater’s growing list of Poe tales it has brought to the stage.

“Masque” opens Friday for a three-weekend run, that includes midnight shows Oct. 20 and 27.

Ballantyne has adapted several other Poe short stories for the spooky series, which dates to 2005, including “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Black Cat.”

The current offering is one of Poe’s strangest tales. It takes place in a castle, in which a prince has gathered his closest allies in order to be safe from a horrible disease that is ravaging the countryside.

To entertain his guests, he throws a lavish masquerade ball — which causes as many problems as the disease.

Starring as the prince is Dave Wolford, who is a veteran of the Vic stage. C. Richard Haldi, another regular of the theater, portrays the eerie character of the Red Death.

Rounding out the cast are Sam Luptak Jr., Wayne A. Morris, Ed O’Malley, Ashley Balas, Chris Chaibi, Ryan Newell, Donny Wolford, Kathryn T. Adams, Gerri Jenkins, Vinnie Dragos, Brittiani L. Ketcham, Brandi Hughes and Audrey Allen.

Ballantyne is directing, and Eric Dragos is stage manager.

The opening-night audience will be treated to a wine and cheese reception before the performance.

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