Electric Poe

September 17, 2020
October 31, 2020
Special outdoor event in Union Cemetery

Due to selling out our special engagement of ELECTRIC POE, we're making the performance available on demand! Watch anytime at ShowTix4U:


A co-produced event with Union Cemetery Historical Society
ot part of The Coterie's mainstage season)

In Union Cemetery ~ Limited "plots" available for Covid safety!

By Edgar Allan Poe
Music by Rex Hobart

A socially-distanced *outdoor* special event held at one of Kansas City’s hidden gems!

Readings of two moody masterpieces by Edgar Allan Poe are brought to life (and death!) by Coterie actor/teaching artist R.H. Wilhoit and Rex Hobart on electric guitar. In The Premature Burial, a speaker delivers an antique TED Talk about his mortal fear, when it appears to manifest right before our eyes. Then, in The Masque of the Red Death, Prince Prospero walls himself and his courtiers away from the outside world where the contagious Red Death reigns…

Location: The "holding vault” near the entrance gate of Kansas City’s Union Cemetery 227 E 28th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108, established in 1857. Each purchase of a "plot" will reserve an area for up to four to attend, socially distanced from others. BYO chairs, blankets! Start times vary based on sunset - please note start time of your preferred date.  CLICK HERE for important safety & ticketing information for patrons.

 Length: Approx. 45 Minutes
 followed by a Q&A about Union Cemetery history [




“creative… gripping direction… Wilhoit commands attention throughout…
The Masque of the Red Death was always going to seem newly resonant during a pandemic,
and The Coterie’s production is genuinely creepy (Hobart’s leering guitar chords are a major part of the chill)”

“haunting… Wilhoit, in the style of an 1850’s orator, is magnificent bringing to life
two masterpieces by the wizard of the macabre… an outstanding performance”

“an electrifyingly spooky-good show… truly a brilliant and ingenious idea… Wilhoit and Hobart captivate…”








This will be a socially-distanced special event, enforcing the guidelines recommended by the CDC and local government officials. Guests are required to wear a mask to the reading. No food, please. Once you are at your seat, if you feel safe to do so, you may remove your mask for the duration. Please wear your mask as you leave. If we are forced to shelter in due to health regulations, the reading will either be virtual or may have to be cancelled. Thank you for your flexibility.  CLICK HERE for important safety & ticketing information for patrons.




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