Hey, Re-Animator Fans! Jeffrey Combs Plays Poe at Nashville Public Library Jan. 19

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Here in the catacombs of the Scene edit bunker, you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn't a fan of Re-Animator, the gonzo 1985 splatter movie freely adapted from the works of H.P. Lovecraft. (If they aren't, they're wise enough to keep it to themselves. Same with Pootie Tang.) That's why we practically bobbled our severed head when we heard that actor Jeffrey Combs — yes, Re-Animator's scientific inquisitor Herbert West in the flesh — will be performing his one-man show Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at the Nashville Public Library 7 p.m. Jan. 19.

The show's a special treat for Re-Animator fans, as it reunites the star with director Stuart Gordon and co-writer Dennis Paoli. (They last collaborated on a Showtime "Masters of Horror" episode derived from Poe's "The Black Cat," which inspired this well-reviewed production.) It's also likely to draw folks who've followed Combs' career through stints on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Enterprise and The 4400.

There'll be a reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by the play, which kicks off a promising new series called "Night at the Library" that expands the downtown library's already plentiful cultural offerings. For more information, see the press release below.

NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS “NEVERMORE” - AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE
KICKOFF EVENT FOR NEW SERIES ENTITLED NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY

Nashville, TENN. — Nashville Public Library presents a new series entitled "Night at the Library" which will consist of diverse programming for all ages throughout the year. The premiere event, "Nevermore” will take place Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. and will feature a performance by film and television star Jeffrey Combs. A reception will be held prior to the performance at 6:15. Combs will be performing as the brilliant but tragic poet and storyteller Edgar Allan Poe in honor of the bicentennial of the author’s birth. He will recite Poe’s most famous poem “The Raven” as well as other selections including “The Tell—tale Heart” and “Annabel Lee.” The production is directed by Stuart Gordon and co-written by Dennis Paoli.

In 2007 Mr. Combs, Mr. Gordon and Mr.Paoli collaborated on an original adaptation of Poe’s “The Black Cat” for the Showtime series “Masters of Horror” in which Combs played the story’s tortured protagonist as Poe himself. The wrenching details of the writer’s life were interwoven with one of his most famous tales to great effect. Mr. Combs was the very image of the famous writer and captured the essence of Poe and his desperate struggle with poverty and alcoholism.

“Nevermore - An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” is a dramatic recreation of the readings that Poe performed during the final years of his short life. Set in 1848 a year after the death of his beloved young wife Virginia, and at the height of his fame as the author of “The Raven”, the audiences watches as he is undone by his own self-destructive tendencies, or in his words: “the imp of the perverse”.

Combs and Gordon began their collaboration in 1985 on the cult film classic “Re-Animator” and have worked together on many movies since including “From Beyond”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “Fortress” and most recently “Edmond” based on David Mamet’s play. Jeffrey is also well known to audiences for his frequent television appearances on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, “Enterprise” and “The 4400”.

"Our goal is to present a sense of the fascinating man behind the poetry and brilliant tales, a man who could be his own worst enemy, and whose life was even more bizarre and tragic than his strangest story," said Director Stuart Gordon.

The Nashville Public Library system offers a collection of two million items including books, DVDs, CDs, and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, as well as more than 1,000 public-use computers, 24/7 reference assistance, and free exhibits and programs. For more information, call 615-862-5800 or visit www.library.nashville.org .

The Nashville Public Library Foundation raises private funds to enhance the programs, facilities and collections of the Nashville Public Library. www.nplf.org

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