Jeffrey Combs’ Poe play “NEVERMORE” hitting the stage in MA!Books/Art/Culture,Movies/TV,News Michael Gingold
If you were fortunate enough to catch Jeffrey Combs’ turn in the stage play NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE in Los Angeles, New York and other cities in the last few years, you know it was a night to remember. And if you’re in the Boston area, you’ll have a chance to catch it this Halloween.
In conjunction with the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, Combs will be performing NEVERMORE at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA) for one night only on Friday, October 31 at 8 p.m. Local filmmaker Izzy Lee and Bryan Moore, sculptor of the bust (more on that below), are producing the show, which was written by Dennis Paoli (who scripted the Combs-starring Poe projects THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM and MASTERS OF HORROR: THE BLACK CAT) and is set in 1848, a year after the death of Poe’s beloved wife Virginia and two years before his own demise. “I can’t express how thrilled and honored I am to be invited to perform NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE in Boston,” Combs says. “Not only was Boston Poe’s birthplace, but throughout his professional life he had, let’s say, a colorfully contentious relationship with the city’s literati. I simply can’t wait to step onto the Somerville Theatre stage on Halloween night.” Check out a highlight clip:
The bronze bust of Poe will be unveiled the day before, Thursday, October 30 in the Abbey Room at the Boston Public Library (700 Boylston Street). It follows Moore’s installation of a similar sculpture of H.P. Lovecraft in the Providence (RI) Athenaeum, and the artist, who also has numerous film and TV makeup FX credits, says, “I’m honored to be working with my dear friend Izzy Lee on the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project as well as bringing the incredible show NEVERMORE to Boston. Izzy is a filmmaker of note; her cinematic niche is hard-hitting and uncompromising in its dark vision, and she brings that same dedication and panache to her arsenal as a great producer. When it comes to delivering the goods, Izzy Lee takes no prisoners.”
Lee, whose shorts include COME OUT AND PLAY and PICKET (see more on her projects here), says, “When Bryan asked me to be involved, I forgot to breathe. Poe is a personal hero of mine; his work helped me get through a lot of dark times in my childhood. I’m absolutely thrilled to help bring a life-size representation of Poe to the Boston Public Library, one of my favorite places in the city. This event led to talk about bringing NEVERMORE to town; I first saw the play in Montreal at Fantasia in 2010, and was blown away. It’s been a dream of mine to be able to bring Jeff and NEVERMORE to Boston since then. Anyone who attends the unveiling and the show is going to get a very, very special treat this Halloween.”