"And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor … shall be lifted — nevermore!"
Yes, that's Friday the 13th.
"I called the Manship Theatre last year to see which dates were open, and Oct. 13 was one of the best dates available," says artistic director Garland Goodwin-Wilson. "And we thought, 'Friday the 13th — perfect timing.'"
Poe's prose and poems are associated with the dark and scary, and Oct. 13 is a "once upon a … dreary" kind of day in the midst of Halloween season.
The show will feature a dance highlighting "The Raven," the poem from which the line is taken, and other Poe favorites.
"And it will be tied together by the lost loves in his life," says associate artistic director Courtney Landry, who has stepped in as the season's creative director.
Landry, a huge Poe fan, also is a choreographer and part of the 14-member cast.
"I've always loved 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' because it's so crazy and cool," Landry says. "I envisioned something around that, and we'll be including that in the show, along with so many of his other stories like 'Annabel Lee' and 'The Pit and the Pendulum.'"
Landry says her choreography "has always had a darker edge, and I’m very excited to explore the work of the man who’s best known for darkness."
She's such a Poe devotee that she went so far as to research the poet's life, even visiting the Edgar Allan Poe Museum this past summer while attending the American Dance Festival in Richmond, Virginia.
The show will tell 11 individual stories tied together by Poe's life and the women who he loved and lost, Landry says.
"They had a significant impact on his writing."
Wilson, who is working more on the company's administrative side this year, is still choreographing and created Landry's solo dance to "The Pit and the Pendulum."
"We won't have a pit, and we won't have a pendulum on stage, so you'll have to use your imagination," Landry says. "The dance will portray it."
Other Poe stories on the program are "Lenore," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Cask Of Amontillado," "An Enigma," "To Helen," "A Dream Within A Dream," "The Masque of the Red Death" and, of course, "The Raven."
The stories will be danced to music by Mozart, Ben Chatwin, Reid Willis, Music for Zombies, The Submarines, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Chatwin and Louisiana native Reid Willis.
Of Moving Colors' tribute to Edgar Allan Poe
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct 13.
WHERE: Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.
TICKETS/INFO: $13.50-$33.50. Call (225) 344-0334 or visit manshiptheatre.org.