Join the third-year Case Western Reserve University/ Cleveland Play House Master of Fine Arts (MFA) acting ensemble for “An Evening of Mystery and Music - A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe” by Donald Carrier. The event, which benefits the Friends of Eldred Theater, takes place at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
In the spirit of Halloween, the evening will consist of readings from Poe’s works and songs that echo or contrast with his themes. The evening will feature the graduating class of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program: Therese Anderberg, Bernard Bygott, Drew Derek, TJ Gainley, Sarah Kinsey, Christa Meyers and Stephen Michael Spencer, under the direction of CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program Director Ron Wilson and the musical direction of Brian Cluff, who has composed original incidental music to complement the readings.
The Friends of Eldred Theater is a longtime supporter of the Case Western Reserve theater department and has been instrumental in providing funds for graduate and undergraduate students to study voice-over technique, audio-book recording, stunt work and acrobatics, singing and the Michael Chekhov Technique.
Since 1996, Cleveland Play House has partnered with Case Western Reserve to offer an MFA degree in acting. In 2003, it became a conservatory program housed at the Play House. Every two years, the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program accepts a class of eight actors into its three-year program. All three years are spent in residency at the Play House, providing students with unique access to its new downtown Cleveland state-of-the-art facilities and professional staff. Program graduates include Rich Sommer (Mad Men, Harvey), Elizabeth A. Davis (Once – Tony Award Nomination, The 39 Steps), Tom Degnan (The Good Wife), and Andrew Gorell (The Lion King).