The Victorian Players continues its Halloween tradition of presenting staged versions of classic Edgar Allan Poe tales with "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," which opens Friday for a three-weekend run.
Adapted by J.E. Ballantyne Jr., "Valdemar" incorporates all of the classic Poe chills that have made him one of the most popular authors in the horror genre.
M. Earnest Valdemar has a terminal illness, so he summons his good friend Dr. Pontier and instructs him to move forward with an experiment that they had previously discussed. That experiment is to place Valdemar in a mesmeric trance so as to suspend him between life and death, during which time a cure for his illness may be found. Valdemar's doctors are vehemently against such an experiment and attempt to thwart its completion.
As with all Poe stories, things go well at first but then the inevitable happens when things take a very strange and disastrous turn.
Ballantyne directs a cast featuring Dave Wolford, Miles Paul Assion, Brian Lee, C. Richard Haldi, Don Wolford, Liz Nalepa and Brandy Hughes.
"Edgar Allan Poe's: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 26.
Additional performances are scheduled at midnight Oct. 19 and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens. For reservations or more information, call 330-746-5455.