Composer Matt Conner’s fascination with Edgar Allan Poe began when he picked up a $5.00 anthology of Poe’s work at a second hand bookshop. Poe’s darkly gothic works have haunted, horrified, and fascinated readers since their publication in the mid nineteenth century. But as bizarre and macabre as his writing was, Poe’s life was equally strange, and Connor has crafted the story of poet’s often tortured and emotionally wrought life into a unique, powerful, and contemporary musical, Nevermore.
Evening Star Productions will present the South Florida premiere of Nevermore from May 9th through May 18th at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.
“Nevermore is about the acceptance of self in the face of death,” Matt Conner said in a recent interview. “The show opens as Edgar Allan Poe has ‘collapsed’ (as he did in Baltimore on the eve of his death) We then take a ride along with him and five other women as his life flashes before his eyes.”
“Nevermore exemplifies the mission I envisioned for Evening Star,” explains the company’s producer/artistic director Rosalie Grant. “I’ve directed a multitude of budding young talent since I opened Sol Children Theatre in 2002, and I’ve watched many of those young adults give up their performance dreams due to a variety of factors. But the one factor that stood out to me the most is the dearth of challenging, diverse plays and musicals for young adults that aren’t overly done. Evening Star Productions’ plan is to fill that void,” she continues. We will work with young people from the high school/college level to the hopeful professional-aged performer, and offer them the opportunity to learn and mature through classic, popular, and obscure works. Nevermore fits the criteria perfectly with a cast ranging in age from 13 to 33, and ranging in talent and experience from ingénues to young adults to seasoned and award-winning performers.”
2013 Carbonell Award nominee Bruno Vida will star as Edgar Allan Poe in the production. Sara Grant, Denise Scholle, Alyssa Buelow, Devin Tupler, and Pippa Scroggins will also be featured as the women who haunt him.
Evening Star Productions’ Nevermore will run from May 9th through May 18th at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $10 for students. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Sol Theatre box office at 561-447-8829.
Evening Star Productions presents
by Matt Conner
May 9-May 18
Fridays & Saturdays – 7 pm
Saturdays & Sundays – 2 pm
Tickets: $18 ($10 students)
3333 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431