By Jonathan Christenson
Directed by Michael McKelvey
A co-production with Doctuh Mistuh Productions
October 25 - November 10, 2018
Featuring Tyler Jones, Stephen Mercantel, Matt Connely, Joey Banks, Emily Smith, Suzanne Balling and Natalie Blackman.
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a unique and wildly theatrical musical play combining haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the fascinating and moving life story of iconic American writer Edgar Allan Poe.
A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original, visionary and enduring literature before dying in unexplained circumstances at the age of 40. At once gorgeous and grotesque, Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career and giving powerful expression to Poe’s words “all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
Nevermore debuted in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of Poe’s birth (January 19, 1809) and went on to two successful off-broadway runs. This production, co-produced with Doctuh Mistuh Productions, reunites the cast and creative team of the show's 2016 Austin premiere, which won the B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Musical, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Actress and Best Ensemble.
In the news
Nevermore is the perfect, dark seasonal treat." -Austin American Statesman
At once elegant and eerie...the show glides like a dance...ever spinning – a nightmare whirl as thrilling as a spook house." -Austin Chronicle
Nevermore is not to be missed." -Central Texas Live Theatre
Absolutely delightful...an absolute gem of a show...joyously macabre." -Broadway World Austin
This is a musical to be savoured." -Sun News Austin
Awards and honors
Austin Chronicle, Robert Faires' Top 10 Treasures of Theatre of 2018
Nevermore is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the City of Austin, the City of Round Rock, Larry Najvar of Edward Jones and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Photos by Kimberley Mead