Poe’s Shadows: An Immersive Theatrical Installation

Cube, Moss Arts Center | Theatre

October 31, 2018 at 10:00am - 8:30pm
November 1, 2018 at 10:00am - 8:30pm
November 2, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
November 3, 2018 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
November 4, 2018 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Entry into the installation is every fifteen minutes on the hour ( :00, :15, :30, :45)

"Poe’s Shadows" uses the 360-degree cyclorama and spatial audio capabilities of the Cube in the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech to create an immersive theatrical experience. Drawing from two of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven,” the installation explores what happens when literary texts are lifted from the “page to the stage” and then reimagined through the use of new technology.  

Audience members will hear recordings of the texts performed by Virginia Tech students (selections curated and directed by theatre faculty members Amanda Nelson and Natasha Staley, with English faculty member Ashley Reed).  Virtual shadow puppets will be projected onto the cyclorama (designed by visual arts faculty member Meaghan Dee). Spatial sound, designed and engineered by MFA in Theatre student Tanner Upthegrove (under the guidance of music faculty member Charles Nichols), will emanate through the space, creating a full immersive experience for audience members.

A series of short expert talks on related and complementary topics called Poe Ponderings will be held in conjunction with the installation. A digital exhibition on Poe and Poe’s Shadows will be showcased in the Athenaeum in the Newman Library. 

Read "Immersive theatrical installation brings the works of Edgar Allan Poe to life."

Poe’s Shadows has been made possible through the generous support of The School of Visual Arts, The School of Performing Arts, the Center for Humanities, the Department of English, the Athenaeum (Digital Humanities services) and Immersive Environments in University Libraries, the Moss Arts Center, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).

Mature content and themes.

Join us for a Poe Pondering event!

Oct. 31, 12 noon - A Poe Pondering: “Spatial Audio from Measurement to Reproduction”
Speaker: Mike Roan, Ph.D.

Oct. 31, 5:30pm - A Poe Pondering: “Fearsome Stenches and Whiffs of Disease”
Speaker: Melanie A. Kiechle, Ph.D.

Oct. 31, 7:30pm - A Poe Pondering: “Edgar Allan Poe as a Virginia Writer”
Speaker: Ashley Reed, Ph.D.

Nov. 1, 12 noon - A Poe Pondering: “Cognitive Disruption in the VR Experience” 
Speakers: Chris Miller, Todd Ogle, Ph.D., and Dillon Cutaiar

Nov. 1, 5:30pm - A Poe Pondering: “Reading Poems as Theatre”
Speaker: Tom Gardner, Ph.D.


Free; no ticket required. Entry into the installation is every fifteen minutes on the hour.

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