The Conchologist Opens Today!

The Conchologist Opens Today!

I’m excited to announce that THE CONCHOLOGIST: A DREAM OF EDGAR ALLEN POE, opens tonight! This has been a very challenging show to work on, with lots of physicality to explore and weirdly wonderful characters to develop!

We’ve been featured in the London Free Press, be sure to check it out!

On October 3, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found drunken and dishevelled on the streets of Baltimore. He entered into a three-day coma from which he never recovered, dying on Oct. 7. Rip’s play explores what went on in the famed writer’s mind while unconscious. According to Rip “the events and characters of his troubled life and times became the entirety of his perceived world.” He is visited by his dead wife Sissy, as well as a menagerie of personal symbols: a raven, a gold bug, a black cat, and an orangutan. Aside from being a master of macabre fiction, said Rip, Poe had a secret love of seashells.

The Conchologist Opens Today!


A Play Written & Directed by Jason Rip
Assistant Directed by Kim Kaitell
Designed by Sue Parke
Original Music by Anne Moniz
Choreography by Melanie Stewart
Starring Chris Bancroft, Helen Hey, Franklin Davis, Marina Sheppard, Kerry Hishon, Rachel Haich, & Remi Kaitell

Tickets $20 (General Admission)
The ARTS Project – 203 Dundas Street, London ON

Wednesday October 21 at 8 pm
Thursday October 22 at 8 pm
Friday October 23 at 8 pm
Saturday October 24 at 2 pm (pay-what-you-can) and 8 pm

Tickets are available at The ARTS Project box office, by calling 519-642-2767 or online!  See you at the theatre!

Poster Art: Muckney Tipping
Photo Credit: Richard Gilmore

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