Poe (musical)

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MusicRachel Wolf
LyricsRachel Wolf
BookRachel Wolf
BasisThe life of Edgar A. Poe
PremiereOctober 12, 2018: Chemeketa Theatre in Salem, Oregon
  • 2018 World Premiere Staged Readings

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POE the musical[1] is a stage musical based on the life of American writer, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe with music, lyrics, and book by Rachel Wolf. Sponsored by Chemeketa Theatre[2], the musical had world premiere staged readings in October 2018 in Salem, Oregon.


Chronicling the life of Edgar Allan Poe, the musical finds Poe rising from the grave to reconcile his life and fix the legacy tarnished by Rufus Wilmot Griswold. Via a hypnosis-induced dream-state, Poe steps back into his life with the help of his therapist (Death).


  • Edgar A. Poe – The protagonist, a sensitive and melancholic writer and literary critic
  • Death – Poe's therapist
  • Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe – Poe's wife
  • Maria Poe Clemm – Poe's mother-in-law
  • Rufus Wilmot Griswold – Poe's literary executor and nemesis
  • Fanny Sargent Osgood – A famous poet of the time who had a special friendship with Poe
  • Charles Dickens – The famous British author
  • George Graham – Proprietor and publisher of Graham's Magazine
  • Frances Allan – Poe's foster mother
  • John Allan – Poe's foster father

Original Cast[edit]


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