Fans of Edgar Allan Poe can listen to his works all day and night Friday into Saturday during a 24-hour marathon reading by the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre.
The readings will be livestreamed on YouTube starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 as part of the theater’s Doomsday event.
Actors and fans from the theater will trade off every hour reading from “Tales of Mystery and Imagination,” a compilation of Poe’s famous horror and suspense works.
The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre describes itself as “only company in the world dedicated to adapting the works of America’s grandfather of horror and suspense for the stage, broadcast and English literacy in the schools.”
National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre founder Alex Zavistovich imagined the reading after an invite to Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses.”
“It makes sense,” Zavistovich said in a statement. “Why celebrate a work of Irish literature that many people find difficult to understand, when the US has its own literary giant that some people also find difficult to understand?”
Although Poe was not born in Baltimore, he spent many years in the city where he met his wife and began his career.
The poet’s legacy still lives on today thanks to his original home located in downtown Baltimore, which was converted into a museum, and the name of the Baltimore Ravens football team derived from his poem “The Raven.”
Poe died in Baltimore in 1849 at the age of 40, and he is buried at a cemetery at West Fayette and Greene streets downtown.
The Doomsday event will raise funds to support the theater’s first live production, “Edgar Allan Poe’s Blood, Sweat & Fears,” which will premiere in October at FPX Events.