The Raven and Other Poems
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Bosch Institute's performance of Edgar Allan Poe's classic poetry is an unconventional montage of music and imagination. Drawing on the title poem's musicality and the power of gesture and visual imagery, the duo creates a spellbinding literary experience that won’t be forgotten. The piece opens with a monologue consisting of several of Poe’s lesser-known poems, including A Dream, A Dream Within a Dream, Alone, and Hymn. The opening segways into the first stanza of “Lenore,” which is set to haunting original music composed and performed by Daniel Arite, who also provides sound art throughout the recitation of “The Raven.” The program lasts approximately one hour and includes the theatrical reading with live musical underscoring and a 15-minute “Talk Back” (Q & A) that explains the process of turning poetry into a theatrical audio-collage.
Staging, Set-up, and Sound Requirements: The Bosch Institute's presentation of The Raven is fairly low tech and requires minimal staging. A professional sound system must be provided by the venue along with one (1) vocal microphone and boom stand, one (1) lavalier (roaming) microphone, and one (1) DI with quarter inch (¼”) input.