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King University’s Twin City Radio Theatre Brings Poe’s “Tales of Mystery” to Stage

BRISTOL, Tenn., September 19, 2016 – The King University Theatre Program’s Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe invites the public to join them for a thrilling evening of suspense as they perform, “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery,” on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre on King University’s main campus as part of King University’s Family Weekend.

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.

“Tales of Mystery” 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.

“We are thrilled to return again to the work of the 19th centuries’ master of the macabre,” says Slaughter. “With its colorful hosts, thrilling plots, and live sound effects, radio drama is a highly entertaining, distinctive family theatre experience.”

The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe includes Dr. Han Chuan Ong, dean of King University’s College of Arts & Sciences, senior Jessica King, junior Brooke Addington, senior Alex Campbell and senior James Laxton.

Tickets for the performances of “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Madness” are $5 general admission and free for King students, faculty, and staff with a King University ID. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance. For more information, call Chris Slaughter at 423.652.4800.


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