by Mira Reverente
Nothing sets the stage for Halloween better than a tale by Edgar Allan Poe, so be prepared to get spooked at “Open House Fright Night,” an evening of Poe readings, Thursday, Oct. 30th, at the Calabasas Barnes & Noble. Presented by Spotlight the Arts
Foundation, the event will be hosted by Conejo Valley resident, actor, author and director Peter Brothers, who promises to captivate the audience with such classics as “The City in the Sea,” “To One in Paradise,” “For Annie,” as well as excerpts from The Fall of the House of Usher and The Sphinx.
“We are excited to do this because Poe’s work is just so relevant to Halloween,” said Jane Purden, community development manager of Barnes & Noble Calabasas.
While the bookstore chain has hosted several readings in the past, it is the first time that they are highlighting Poe and his work. Brothers is expected to turn his audience into accomplices as he weaves them in and out of the eerie web of deceit, intrigue and betrayal that are prominent in many of Poe’s works.
“Poe has a certain kind of appeal that other authors can’t quite capture,” said Bradley Bobbs, board member of Spotlight the Arts Foundation, which is presenting the event. “He does have some scary and depressing work, which is often associated with Halloween.”
The Calabasas-based non-profit group also stages cabaret shows, play readings, premieres of new stage works and also provides scholarships to students interested in pursuing the arts further. “We serve the community by promoting the arts in and around Calabasas,” said Bobbs, who is also an actor.
The free, one-night only event runs from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, October 30th. It is suitable for adults and teens alike. Go…if you dare!