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King University News :: King College’s Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe Brings Poe’s "Tales of Madness" to Stage

The King College Theatre Program’s Twin City Radio Theatre troupe invites the public to join them for a thrilling evening of suspense and mystery as they perform, “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Madness,” on Sept. 28-29 at the Fine Arts Theatre on the King College Campus as part of the College’s Family Weekend, and Oct. 5-6 at The Bristol Grindhouse in downtown Bristol, Va.  All performances begin each evening at 7:30 p.m.

The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe, under the artistic direction of Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre for King, brings the magic of old time radio to the live stage.

The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe performs staged productions of classic radio dramas from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, with emphasis on classic genre writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. G. Wells, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Wyllis Cooper, and Arthur Conan Doyle. 

“Tales of Madness” will feature adaptations of the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”  Each performance promises to be a unique theatrical experience, not unlike what might have been seen in a radio studio in the 1930s or 1940s with actors gathered around microphones with scripts in hand, live sound effects, and colorful hosts setting the proper mood for the evening’s dramatic offerings.

“Following the success of last year’s ‘Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Terror,’ we are thrilled to return again to the work of the 19th centuries’ master of the macabre,” said Slaughter.  “With its colorful hosts, thrilling plots, and live sound effects, radio drama is a highly entertaining, distinctive family theatre experience.”

Tickets for the performances of “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Madness” are $5.00 general admission and free for King College students, faculty, and staff with a King College ID.  Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance.  Seating is limited, and, due to the staging, audience members cannot be seated once the performance begins. The Bristol Grind House performances are free.  For more information, call 423.652.4800 or visit http://arts.king.edu.  For information on the The Bristol Grind House performances, call 276.466.8882 or visit http://www.facebook.com/thebristolgrindhouse