[Virginia Poe, wife of Edgar Allan Poe, is brought to life in a past production.]
Fans of Poe will appreciate all the decor touches paying homage to the writer along the entertaining route. And theater lovers will enjoy the emotional intimacy of the performances as the actors roam the mansion spinning tales of love, terror and piercing grief that touch everyone's tell-tale heart.
The new production is directed by Skyler Schrempp, and also stars Erica Bittner as Virginia Poe. Ensemble members of the cast include Josh Bernaski, Mbali Guliwe, Joel Moses, Joan Nahid, Sam Pearson, Sarah Scholl and Helena Whitaker. The artistic team includes scenic designer Kyle Gettelman, costume designer Rachel Lambert, original music and sound designer Christopher Kriz, lighting designer Michael McNamara and movement designer Michael Goldberg.
If you go
WHAT: "The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story" by First Folio Theatre
WHERE: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., just west of Route 83, Oak Brook
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, plus 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; previews Oct. 3 to 5 and runs Oct. 6 to Nov. 4
COST: $34 to $44 for adults, with preview tickets at $25
INFO: 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org