Hometown favorite Bruce Nelson stars in this tale of the morbid life and mysterious final days of Baltimore’s treasured emblem of oddness, E.A. Poe. By turns a madcap vaudeville and a touching examination of artistic aspiration, this new script playfully and poignantly adds up the sum of a life lived.

"Nevermore a performance so genius and so brilliant as Bruce Nelson in this role."
DC MetroTheatre Arts

"A shivery delight" 
DC Theatre Scene

"A daring...well crafted piece."
MD Theatre Guide 

"Stunningly directed by Curt Columbus." 

The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe is made possible by support from:
50th Anniversary Season
Presenting Sponsor:

50th Anniversary Season Sponsors:

James and Janet Clauson

With additional support from:

Media Partners:


The Rouse Company Foundation

T. Rowe Price Foundation

Lynn and Tony Deering
   and The Charlesmead Foundation
Ellen and Ed Bernard
Stephanie and Ashton Carter
James and Janet Clauson
Jane and Larry Droppa
Terry Morgenthaler and Patrick Kerins
Judy and Scott Phares
Phil & Lynn Rauch
Jay & Sharon Smith
Barbara Voss and Charles E. Noell, III

  50th Anniversary Season
Associate Sponsors:

Kathleen Hyle
Kenneth C. and Elizabeth M. Lundeen

Edgar Allan Poe

Bruce Randolph Nelson*

Young Edgar/Others

Charlie Thurston*

Dickens/John Allan

Jimmy Kieffer*


Naomi Jacobson*


Erick Pinnick*

Kindly Doctor/Others

Kenneth Lee*

Valdemar/ Others

Libya Pugh*


Caroline Kaplan*
Stage Manager
Captain Kate Murphy*
Assistant Stage Manager
Laura Smith*

Curt Columbus
Set Designer
Eugene Lee
Costume Designer
David Burdick
Lighting Designer
Josh Epstein
Sound Designer
Zachary Williamson
Gavin Witt
Sharon Jenkins
Speech Consultant
Nancy Krebs
Casting Director
Stephanie Klapper
*Member of Actors' Equity Association