a Union Cemetery Historical Society outdoor special engagement
ELECTRIC POE 2021
Adapted by Jeff Church
Music by Rex Hobart
Featuring R.H. Wilhoit, Alisa Lynn and Rex Hobart
Performed outdoors in Kansas City’s hidden gem, a return engagement featuring two new Poe stories this year! The Pit and the Pendulum - a man is sentenced by The Inquisition to various unspeakable tortures in a diabolical chamber of horrors. In The Tomb of Ligeia, we have Poe's twist on reanimating the dead. Treat yourself and your family to superb acting accompanied by atmospheric electric guitar underscoring in front of the “Holding Vault,” circa 1857. (Guided Cemetery Tour packages before the show are available the first two weekends of the run - see below for details.)
Length: Approx. 45 Minutes
followed by a Q&A about Union Cemetery history [uchskc.org]
NEW THIS YEAR:
NEW THIS YEAR: Learn all about the historical significance of Union Cemetery and the many important figures in Kansas City history that are buried there with a guided pre-show tour with a member of the Union Cemetery Historical Society (UCHS). Limited space available for tours on September 17, 18, 19, 25 and 26 only. Simply select a show and tour combination ticket when purchasing and $15.00 of each ticket will benefit UCHS and their efforts to preserve Kansas City's oldest public cemetery. Tour participants will meet 90 minutes prior to showtime. Each tour will last approximately 60 minutes.
R.H. "Hollis" Wilhoit (Narrator) once again brings the works of Edgar Allan Poe to life after his celebrated performance in Electric Poe last year. Previously at The Coterie, Hollis played a remarkable number of roles in Puffs and in A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as work as a troupe member of our Dramatic STD/HIV Project touring schools. Regionally, he has performed in the one-person show Every Brilliant Thing at Spinning Tree, Milking Christmas at The Living Room, and The Little Prince with Mesner Puppet Theater. When not acting, he is currently working with and is a Founding Member of The Confluence Theatre Company.
Scott “Rex” Hobart (Musician) is a self-described “Hack Of All Trades” local rock/country musician and Coterie Resident Technical Director/Scenic Artist. Scott trades his circular saw for off-kilter electric guitar in this reprise of his role as mysterious musical counter-player to Edgar Allan Poe’s richly grim imagery. As a kid, Scott enjoyed creating haunted houses and building skateboard ramps. He studied visual art at the Kansas City Art Institute and completed his undergraduate degree in American Cultural Studies at UMKC. In addition to his technical direction for The Coterie, he made his theatrical acting and composing debut in The Coterie’s Night of the Living Dead (2007 and 2008), and he also composed, designed set, and performed in Tell-Tale Electric Poe. Scott also writes and performs country and rock with his bands “Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys” and “Giant’s Chair,” respectively.
Audiences and Critics loved ELECTRIC POE 2020:
“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”