This fall, The Coterie brings two Edgar Allen Poe masterpieces to life during Electric Poe, a special, outdoor live reading event co-produced with Union Cemetery Historical Society and held at Union Cemetery.
This is a unique theatrical event for families with ages 10 and older, Electric Poe features R.H. Wilhoit delivering two of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works, with musical underscoring by guitarist Rex Hobart. In the style of an 1850’s orator, presented readings include:
The Premature Burial: A speaker delivers an antique TED Talk about his mortal fear, when it appears to manifest right before our eyes.
The Masque of the Red Death: Prince Prospero walls himself and his courtiers away from the outside world where the contagious Red Death reigns.
Electric Poe Schedule
Electric Poe performances will be held outside the “holding vault” near the entrance of Kansas City’s Union Cemetery Thursdays-Sundays at sunset Sept. 17 – Oct. 31, 2020. Start times vary based on sunset but will be between 6 and 7 p.m. There will be two performances on Halloween – one at 4 p.m., another at 6 p.m.
The start time of each show will be indicated at the time of purchase. Check in will open 30 minutes before showtime. Late arrivals won’t be seated. The cemetery gates will be closed when the show begins.
Performances will last about 45 minutes followed by an optional Q&A with performers and a Union Cemetery historian.
Electric Poe Admission
Seating is sold by “plots” for $50. Each 6′ X 6′ plot seats up to four people safely distanced from others so your cost ends up being $12.50 per person if you have a full group. Plots are on sale through the Coterie’s box office at 816-474-6552 or purchase online.
You can choose from a blanket or chair plot. Attendees need to bring their own blankets and chairs. Low sitting beach chairs are acceptable in blanket plots. If you need more than one plot, order them at the same time and they’ll be placed together.
This is a ticketless event. Bring your name and order number with you for check in.
If a performance is cancelled due to weather, a notice will be posted on The Coterie’s social media accounts and emailed to all ticket holders. The decision to cancel will be made no later than two hours before showtime. All sales are final. If a performance is cancelled, ticket holders can then reschedule for another performance.
Special Engagement: The Coterie’s ELECTRIC POE
Other Helpful Information for Electric Poe
Attendees will need to wear masks when entering and leaving the cemetery or while moving about away from your plot. Masks are encouraged at all times, but can be removed once you’re in your plot if you feel comfortable doing so.
Be mindful about keeping adequate distance between other attendees outside your group. When the performance is over, plots will be dismissed one at a time to allow for distancing along the lighted pathway to the exit.
No food or beverages are allowed except water bottles. Please carry all trash out with you. Restroom facilities include a porta-potty.
Electric Poe Location and Parking
Kansas City’s Union Cemetery is located in the Union Hill neighborhood at 227 E. 28th Terrace, Kansas City, MO – just south of Crown Center and southeast of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Readings take place at the “holding vault” near the cemetery entrance gate.
Parking is not allowed in the cemetery. You may park in outlined spots just outside the cemetery gates. The terrain to the plots is uneven so plan to wear good walking shoes.
Those with special needs parking can contact The Coterie’s box office.
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Kansas City, MO 64108
Kansas City, MO 64108