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Poes chilling takes of terror take to puppet stage
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Edgar Allan Poe’s tortured psyche is resurrected in “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe,” opening Feb. 12 at the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Downstairs Theater in Atlanta.

Gothic designs, haunting music and shadowy figures breathe life into Poe’s classics “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Bells,” “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” along with lesser-known works “Berenice,” “The Oval Portrait,” “M.S. Found in a Bottle” and “Lenore.”

Puppeteers Luis Hernandez, Reay Kaplan and Rudy Roushdi bring Poe’s infamous characters to life using a unique “table-top” puppetry style, in which live actors share the stage with the puppets on a multiplaned set.

Music is performed live by Atlanta-based composer and percussionist Klimchak, who uses unconventional instruments such as wine bottles, saws and didgeridoos to create a ghostly and tension-filled atmosphere.

The show is adapted by Bobby Box in collaboration with Jon Ludwig and directed by Michael Haverty.

The show is recommended for ages 12 through adult and offers matinees and evening performances. Before the show, patrons may explore the Museum exhibits. During evening performances, a beer and wine cash bar is open before the show and during intermission.

During the Valentine’s weekend Feb. 14-17, “Oh, Poe is Me!” during evening performances, guests can post “broken-heart valentines” for all to see and have their “Poe-trait” taken in the style of their favorite tormented novelist.

The show runs Feb. 12 through March 3. Performances are at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. They can be purchased online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404-873-3391.

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