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Lone Brick Theatre Plunges into America’s Darkest Poetic Mind in "Dissever My Soul" October 25 and 26

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Widener University’s Lone Brick Theatre Company opens its 2014-15 season with the original production "Dissever My Soul." Performances run October 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on both nights in Widener University’s Lathem Hall.

"Dissever My Soul" is an immersive theatrical project that explores the final months of Edgar Allan Poe’s life prior to his overdose on laudanum (a tincture of opium) in November of 1848.  Obsessed with overcoming the forces that keep him from his lost love, Virginia, Poe loses himself in the grotesquery of his own tales in an attempt to undo the very specter of death he penned.

Limited to an audience of 12 per performance, "Dissever My Soul" is an intimate and personal experience in which audiences will interact with Poe and the denizens of his imagination.  During the show audiences will be walking, standing and climbing stairs. Members of the audience may also be left alone, in the dark, or in confined spaces for brief periods. Audience members should dress accordingly.

Admission to "Dissever My Soul" is free, but reservations are required to secure a spot in the audience.  Reservations can be made by e-mailing or by calling 732-977-2580.  Voluntary cash donations will be appreciatively accepted at the door.

Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the show start time and will close promptly at the show start time.  Please note that there will be no late entry to this event.

This original project was conceptualized by Robert A. Reutter, senior lecturer of English and company director,  and collaboratively developed with an artistic team of Widener students in an effort to experiment with dynamic theatrical forms. 

“I think this is important for the company because it allows everyone involved to be a part of a production that is so different, and it allows us all to be more creative when it comes to working out the scenes and how things are going to play out…. it shows that theatre isn't one-dimensional, that it's just shows on a stage,” said Elizabeth Yenser, stage manager and Widener University sophomore.

Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University’s resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing and performances. Learn more at

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