Friday, October 26th at 8:00 – 10:00 pm
“Murder on the Bare Stage” is a one-person show starring Stephen Mead. Actor Mead and writer Magus Magnus present literary-poetic theater combining Mead’s specialty in dramatic recitations of Poe and Dickens with Magnus’ approach to the form of the “idyll” (poetic monologues meant for performance) from his Idylls for a Bare Stage, for a thrilling, scary – at times gruesome – entry into the mindscape of violent crime… bloody chills, just in time for Halloween!
$10 suggested donation
STEPHEN MEAD trained as an actor at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Besides appearing in many stage productions, he has worked as a drama adviser to Goldcrest Films UK and written for Channel4 (TV). Stephen has made a specialty of dramatic recitations (from memory) from the works of Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and other 19th-century authors. These bring poems and prose by these writers to vivid life without costume, make-up, lights or scenery. Most 19th-century literature was written to be heard as well as read, and Stephen Mead’s enthralling renditions of these pieces have gripped audiences in the UK and the US since 1987.
MAGUS MAGNUS is the author of The Rechoes (just out from Furniture Press); Idylls for a Bare Stage (twentythreebooks 2011); Heraclitean Pride (Furniture Press 2010); and Verb Sap (Narrow House 2008). Two poems from Verb Sap – “Radical Crumb” and “Empirical/Imperial Demonstration” – appear in the 10th edition of Pearson Longman’s English Anthology textbook, Literature. Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company will host a performance showcase of Idylls for a Bare Stage at Sidney Harman Hall in Spring 2013; events and development of the Idyll as a performance form can be tracked at Shared Imagining.