Bruce Macphail and Oli Robinson

Following its sold-out summer run of Moliere’s classic comedy “The Imaginary Invalid,” Genki Media LLC teamed up with The Picnic Theatre Company once again to sponsor “An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe.” The company produced three short 15-minute plays adapted by Robert Mason. The play was performed at one of Washington D.C.’s most beautiful (and, on that night, spooky) historic homes, The Dumbarton House in Georgetown. Tickets for each of the three nights (Oct, 27, 28 and 29) were $10. Capacity each night was 120 theater-goers. Wine and food from Napoleons and Cafe Bonaparte was served on site. Proceeds from the performance benefited Clowns Without Borders and Dumbarton

“The philosophy of The Picnic Theatre company is to perform plays beyond the confines of typical theatre venues,” said Picnic Theater co-founder Bruce MacPhail. “Each of the three plays were staged in and around the house amongst the audience, creating an intimidate and almost interactive viewing experience.”

“Helping to sponsor and produce theater is all part of the Genki Media ethos to incubate creative businesses in the District of Columbia,” said Genki Media, founder Michael M. Clements.

The three short plays performed were “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart.”

“We took Poe’s uniquely eerie 19th century plays, and brought them to Washington, so people can get a good ole fashioned fright, plus Poe was from Baltimore, it’s close enough that we think his ghost might come as well,” remarked Picnic Theater co-founder Oli Robinson.

In addition to MacPhail and Robinson, the cast included notable Washingtonians, Washington Life magazine executive editor and ArtJamz founder Michael M. Clements, Napoleon Lounge & Bistro manager and man about town Omar Popal, and “Suspicious Package” lead singer and Capitol Hill mover and shaker Christina Sevilla.

Michael M Clements, Omar Popal, Oli Robinson, Bruce Macphail, and Christina Sevilla

Oli Robinson, Bruce Macphail, and Christina Sevilla

Bruce Macphail, Michael Clements, Omar Popal, and Oli Robinson,

Christina Sevilla

Bruce Macphail, Michael M Clements, and Christina Sevilla

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