"The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe?"
with Halloween Edition October 11 to 31.
WHERE AND WHEN:
October 11 to 31, 2017
St. Mazie Bar and Supper Club, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn (between Havemeyer and Marcy)
Subways: L to Lorimer Street.
Presented by Poseiden Theatre Company.
Wed 10/11/17 @ 7:00 PM, Sun 10/15/17 @ 5:00 PM, Wed 10/18/17 @ 7:00 PM, Sun 10/22/17 @ 5:00 PM, Wed 10/25/17 @ 7:00 PM, Sun 10/29/17 @ 5:00 PM, Mon 10/30/17 @ 7:00 PM. HALLOWEEN SPECIAL with haunted additions Tue 10/31/17 @ 8:00 PM.
Tickets $75 plus $25 food/beverage minimum., Discounts are available exclusively on Today Tix.
Show's website: www.knock3xs.com. Teaser: https://youtu.be/_YBV0u6_Unk
Box office: 212-457-0889, https://www.artful.ly/poseidon-theatre-company/store/events/11783
Runs :90 without intermission.
All press coverage please contact: Aaron Salazar, 917-346-4602, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK, August 29 -- "The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe?," Poseiden Theatre's immersive mystery production at St. Mazie Bar and Supper Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is resuming with a Halloween Edition from October 11 to 31, 2017. The show has been dark over the summer while Artistic Director Aaron Salazar and his team re-imagined the offering for the Halloween season.
"The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe?" is written by Nate Suggs and Samantha Lacey in collaboration with Salazar, who directs. It's an immersive mystery production, in the genre of "Then She Fell" and "Sleep No More," wherein members of a fictional Poe Society attempt to solve the mystery of the author's death. The piece is staged amid dining and drinks in the reconstructed former speakeasy underneath St. Mazie Bar and Supper Club, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn (between Havemeyer and Marcy). The room accommodates up to 30 guests per night for an evening of craft cocktails, light fare, absinthe service and a paranormal experience, all set to the words of America's greatest master of the macabre.
One of the outstanding theories of Poe's death is "cooping," a gang-based form of election fraud that was common in the early 19th century. Innocent bystanders were kidnapped by so-called 'cooping gangs' or 'election gangs' and forced to vote repeatedly for candidates of the political machines. Victims were kept in a room called a "coop" and liquored up to make them compliant. Often wardrobes were switched and they were disguised with wigs or fake beards to fool poll watchers. If they refused to cooperate, they were beaten or killed. This theory of Poe's death has been increasingly proposed by Poe scholars since the 1870s. But in the show, the theory becomes less of an explanation than a red herring. It is offered as one of several mysteries, which you can only solve depending on where you are sitting in the room. Other mysteries of the show are: was the medium a ghost, were all the characters ghosts and was it all a ruse? The audience members, who sit among people facing their collective horror, will wonder which one they identify with. Cerebral moments romanticising Poe encourage us to savor the major theme of the show: the futility of explaining any present horror intellectually.
After you make your reservation, you receive an email invitation from the Poe Society to a cocktail party séance--it's all part of your orientation into the show. The drinking and dining menus are available on the production's website (www.poseidontheatrecompany.com/cooping-venue-menu).
Tickets are $75 plus $25 food/beverage minimum, with discounts available exclusively on Today Tix. The ninety-minute show will be performed without intermission. Bookings can be made on the Poseiden Theatre website, https://www.poseidontheatrecompany.com/thecoopingtheory.
The actors are Ludovic Coutaud, Samantha Lacey, Dara Kramer and Gordon Palagi. Music is composed by Conor Heffernan and Manuel "Cj" Pelayo. Lighting design is by John Salutz. Costume design is by the ensemble.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Salazar creates images that seem to come out of nightmares…the kind where you want to tap your neighbor and whisper, or scream, 'are you seeing what I’m seeing?' -- Jose Solis, Stagebuddy.com
…something mysterious does happen: actors give in to Poe’s poetry entirely…Never had I thought of an actor as being possessed by the writer through the text, and yet I can’t find other words to describe what I saw. -- Asya Danilova, On Stage Blog
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For more info, visit the show's website: www.knock3xs.com.