“This exquisite show is among the most original musical theater works I’ve seen in years.” —New York Times
Theater magician Thaddeus Phillips teams up with the Minneapolis-based musical duo Wilhelm Bros. & Co. (Jeremy and David Wilhelm) to create a visually striking and sonically complex action-opera centered on the odd details surrounding Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious last days. Set in September 1849, the playfully humorous yet dark RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE follows Poe on his last lecture tour from Virginia to New York, focusing on a stop in Maryland. There a train conductor saw Poe, wearing a strangers clothes, headed south just a few days before his death. Using altered perspectives and ingenious stagecraft, this wildly inventive work is informed by 19th-century train routes, historical accounts, and Poe’s letters to his mother-in-law to create a spellbinding sketch of a man you soon realize you know little about.
Meet the Artists
Thursday, January 29
Meet the artists after the show at a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.
Postshow Q & A
Friday, January 30
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.
Saturday, January 31
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. SpeakEasy conversations are hosted by a tour guide and members of the local performing arts community.