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 two of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works with atmospheric electric guitar underscoring by Rex Hobart and R.H. Wilhoit as the main characters in each of the pieces. In the style of an 1850’s orator, presented readings include:
The Pit and the Pendulum: a man is sentenced by The Inquisition to various unspeakable tortures in a diabolical chamber of horrors.
Tomb of Ligeia: Poe’s twist on reanimating the dead.
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. 16 – Oct. 31, 2021.
Start times vary based on sunset but will be between 6 and 7 p.m.
Performances will last about 45 minutes followed by a Q&A about Union Cemetery’s history.
Guided Cemetery Tours
New this year, audiences have the opportunity to learn about the historical significance of Union Cemetery and the many important figures in Kansas City history that are buried there with guided, pre-performance tours.Led by a member of the UCHS, 60-minute walking tours are available on:
- September 17
- September 18
- September 19
- September 25
- September 26
A portion of each show and tour combination ticket will benefit UCHS and their efforts to preserve Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery.
Electric Poe Admission
Tickets are sold on an individual basis and not as plots like 2020. Tickets are on sale through the Coterie’s box office at 816-474-6552 or purchase online.
- Reserved seating (a chair is provided for you): $30-$32
- Bring-Your-Own-Chair: $15-$17
Blanket seating is not available this year.
Special Engagement: The Coterie’s ELECTRIC POE
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.