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HCC's Robinwood Players to offer two Halloween shows

October 19, 2009

Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will perform, "A Midnight Dreary: An Evening with Poe" and "Night of the Living Dead," Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

"A Midnight Dreary: An Evening with Poe," was written by HCC Theater Technician Jason Buhrman, who spent a year working with adjunct faculty member Dave Dull on a unique, one-of-a-kind play that could be performed on Halloween.

"I started researching Poe plays early this summer and found that the majority of the plays available (consisted) of Poe reading stories to the audience. I wanted to perform the shows themselves, so I started adapting his play into a theatrical script," Burhman said.

"The biggest challenge was reworking the dialogue because 90 percent of Poe's stories are written in first person."

In "A Midnight Dreary: An Evening with Poe," the character of Edgar Allan Poe will introduce each vignette. Featured plays include "The Tell Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Raven."

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"Night of the Living Dead" was adapted from the 1968 George Romero film starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea, and features the two main protagonists, Ben and Barbra, trying to survive repeated zombie attacks in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.

The Halloween double feature starts at 8 p.m. both nights. General admission costs $7, but admission is free for HCC students, staff and faculty. Tickets will be available at the door prior to each performance. Please note that this production is geared toward a mature audience.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at 301-790-2800, ext. 262.

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