Edgar & Emily

By Joseph McDonough

Oct. 12 – Nov. 4, 2018

Tickets start at: $29.50

Preview Performances: Oct. 10 – 11 | Tickets start at: $18

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

A-game acting ... These two actors could probably make the listings on eBay entertaining ... [Potenza] gives us a Poe who’s miserable, vain, haunted and exhausted from running ... [he] is one of the Bay area’s best actors ... Stevenson, meanwhile, is a coy Emily Dickinson, shrewd and self-possessed, just a little censorious of the famously raffish Poe, and not a bit attracted to the big bad world outside her window. David M. Jenkins directs capably ... The original music of Tom Kersey and Jeremy Douglass is a kind of third character in the play, setting the mood for some scenes and quietly undergirding others. - Creative Loafing Tampa
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What It’s About

In January 1864, reclusive poet Emily Dickinson receives a surprise guest: Edgar Allan Poe. Although Poe died 15 years prior, he arrives quite alive and just as energized by death as ever before—one could say death kindly stopped for Emily, after all. Though the evening pits the pendulum of both poets’ personalities against the other in this comic fantasia, Emily and Edgar find they have a lot in common despite their differences. The heart tells the tale, you know.

Why It’s For You

Because you love to laugh. Because you can’t wait to get out all of your Halloween decorations every year. Because you’re a lit nerd, a lover of American history, or both. Because you’ve been simply dying for a good reason to release your inner spookykid. Because you love those TV episodes where they crossover two literary or historical figures in a meeting that never really happened but is pretty darned cool to imagine in a what-if. (And, hey, it’s another 90-minute show. Y’all seem to love those! You’ll have plenty of time after to go talk about it or get on with your life.)

Why We Chose It

We’ve got a big ol’ soft spot for Halloween, it’s been the only “holiday” we’ve celebrated by producing a show for the past 20 years. We adore the playfulness of this script. We’re thrilled to bring another non-published work for Tampa audiences, this show has in fact only had one other professional staging. We also really love that this script combines these dark literary giants (played by our own Paul J. Potenza and Katrina Stevenson), both obsessed with death in their own very unique ways, and manages to make it a laugh-out-loud comedy.
Katrina Stevenson and Paul Potenza in Jobsite's Edgar & Emily. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)
Katrina Stevenson and Paul Potenza in Jobsite's Edgar & Emily. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)


Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Eric Haak – Technical Director
  • Teah Banks – Stage Manager


  • Paul J. Potenza – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Katrina Stevenson – Emily Dickinson


  • Jo Averill-Snell – Lighting Designer
  • Teah Banks – Properties
  • Salem Brophy – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Scott Cooper* – Scenic Designer
  • Jeremy Douglass – Music Composer/Performer
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Tom Kersey – Music Composer/Performer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

Set Construction Crew

  • Robert Brashear
  • Ramiro Capano
  • Chloe Dipaola
  • Alexander Eadier
  • Mario Gonzalez
  • Siera Herber
  • Jake Landherr
  • James Race
  • Cameron Shippy
  • Jon David Stauffer
  • Teah Roberts
* Member, United Scenic Artists

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