Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe


Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Arts Club Theatre Company, The Cultch, and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present a Catalyst Theatre Production

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
So wrote Edgar Allan Poe, the great master of the macabre, nearly 200 years ago. His lingering myths are the inspiration behind Nevermore-an enthralling musical fable for adults playing Jan 21 – Feb 6 at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage. Equal parts whimsical, beautiful and delightfully dark, the tale reveals the psychology of a man whose haunting comic writings continue to resonate in each of our tell-tale hearts.

A Curatorial statement from Heather Redfern, executive director of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

” Making the decision to program a particular show can be a complex process. Weighing the artistic merit, financial viability, suitability of the venue, interest the audience might have, and how the production will fit with the other shows in the season are all a part of programming. However, there are other factors that are more elusive: the relationship and history a particular company or artist has to The Cultch and our audiences, the role a company plays in the broader context of professional theatre, dance or music in Canada, and the role we as a presenter play in positioning those companies for future touring both nationally and internationally.

So how did I come to program Nevermore? I have a long history with Catalyst Theatre…  ” Read more…

Read an interview with CBC and Jonathan Christenson, the writer, director and composer of Nevermore from the article by Martin Morrow, “Prince of darkness: New play exhumes the mysterious life of Edgar Allan Poe” (This article originally ran on May 14, 2009.)

“For two centuries, scholars of Edgar Allan Poe have made repeated descents into the maelstrom of his life, seeking the keys to his wild imagination. Was the master of gothic horror a neurotic, a necrophiliac, a pedophile, an obsessive? Did he suffer from multiple personality disorder, or dabble in opium? Was he really terrified of being buried alive?…

“His life is almost stranger and more intriguing than his work,” says Jonathan Christenson, the writer, director and composer of Nevermore, a new musical play about Poe. The show, currently playing at Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, is a fantasia that treats Poe’s life story like one of his own gloomy tales.”

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Watch the 1953 Oscar-nominated short animated film here.

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