'Reflecting Poe' explores poet's life, loves, inspiration

Emmett Van Slyke and cast members.The life of one of the most celebrated and influential American poets will come to SUNY Oswego in the multimedia show “Reflecting Poe” Sept. 12 and 13.

Featuring a score and live performance by 1999 Oswego alumnus Emmett Van Slyke, the production will have two performances—7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13—in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

“This edgy theatrical production takes you on a creative journey through the prose and poetry of the legendary writer and critic Edgar Allan Poe,” Artswego Coordinator Mary Avrakotos said. “It features dramatic readings with a backdrop of modern dance and projected video, and a sweeping cinematic score performed live on electronic and acoustic instruments by Van Slyke.”

“Reflecting Poe” was presented at the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse last year to critical acclaim, Avrakotos said. Van Slyke previously earned a Kennedy Center Award for a score he created for a SUNY Oswego production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

The Oswego appearance of “Reflecting Poe” is presented by the college’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts with support from Artswego, a SUNY Oswego program that administers the student arts fee.

In addition to the performances, a College Hour panel discussion at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Waterman Theatre will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of multimedia productions.

Tickets cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

For more information or tickets, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu or visit http://tickets.oswego.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Poe presented— SUNY Oswego graduate Emmett Van Slyke (center) composed and performs the live music for “Reflecting Poe,” which will appear Sept. 12 and 13 in SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre. The production traces the life and inspiration of Edgar Allan Poe through dramatic readings, modern dance, projected video and Van Slyke’s cinematic score. Other cast members shown include Erin Reid, Jessica Quick, Holly Caiello, Korrie Strodel and Vanessa Crane.

CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or artswego@oswego.edu

(Posted: Aug 26, 2009)

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