Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe



Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Nevermore by Catalyst Theatre on Friday, March 7th 2014 at 8:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Nevermore is the final show in the Society’s 2013/14 Theatre series.
While Edgar Allan Poe is widely considered to be a literary genius and his works are still read today, the details of his life are shrouded in mystery. In Poe’s world, dreams function as reality; the distinctions between fact, fiction, life and death are blurred.
Delightfully dark, heartbreakingly comic, playfully perverse, charming and grotesque, Nevermore is Catalyst Theatre’s masterfully crafted musical fairytale that explores Poe’s tragic tale and the events that ignited his lifelong obsession with visions dark and sinister.
Born in 1809 and orphaned at three, Poe was surrounded by death from an early age. While he achieved great success with publications such as The Raven, Poe’s life was plagued by poverty, alcoholism, and the deaths of loved ones. Poe died at the age of 40 after being found delirious and alone in the streets of Baltimore. While his death has been attributed to many causes, ranging from alcoholism to tuberculosis, the actual cause of his death is unknown.
Based in Edmonton, Catalyst Theatre (Frankenstein, 2008) created Nevermore in 2009. Since its creation, Catalyst Theatre has performed the play throughout North America and reached Broadway in 2010. This award winning production is praised for its haunting score, surreal visuals, and poetic storytelling including seven Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards in 2009 and two Betty Mitchell awards in 2011.
Tickets for Nevermore are $45 for adults, $42 for seniors and $40 for students and are on sale now through the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or online at Not recommended for children under 12.
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: KPMG, Tim Hortons, the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the North Okanagan Regional District, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the British Columbia Arts Council.
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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Brian Van Wensem
Audience Development
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
3800 – 33rd Street
Vernon, British Columbia
V1T 5T6
p. 542 9355


Additional Resources:

Catalyst Theatre’s Nevermore website:

Nevermore Trailer:

A study guide is also available, upon request.

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