ELKO – “All the world’s a stage, “Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago. For the actors in Poe & Pints, the quote rings true.
Ghost Light Productions brings characters to life in “Poe & Pints,” dramatizations of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poems and stories at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.
Taking over the DLC for the fourth year in a row, the sold-out Poe & Pints combines the suspenseful work of Poe with samples of ales, beers and ciders from western craft breweries for audiences of adults 21 and older.
For about a week, the DLC becomes a makeshift theater for rehearsals and performances. The seating area is the stage; the basement is the wardrobe and changing area; the kitchen is the makeup room; and a cozy spot near the bar is the sound and light booth.
Performing in a nontraditional space is known as “guerilla theater,” and the actors wouldn’t have it any other way, said Emily Anderson, actress, producer and costume designer.
It’s a good – and challenging – experience for new actors to perform in an unconventional theater, Anderson said.
“It’s pretty tight quarters here,” said actress Kate Rhoswen.
Rhoswen has acted in local productions since she was 13 and said she is happy to see how the theater community has grown to hosts works not normally seen in the area.
Anderson agrees that the production is “different and fun,” adding that the interpretations of Poe’s classics, such as “The Cask of Amontillado,” are changed each year to keep them fresh.
This year, Poe’s story of revenge is told by two men and one woman who acts as the narrator. Last time, it was performed by two women and one man, Anderson said.
Because of the limited seating and the popularity of the production, Poe & Pints sold out two weeks after it was announced this year, said director and Poe fan Frank L. Sawyer.
Created by Sawyer, this year’s event includes an original work, “Good Spirits,” by Joshua Webster, an English instructor at Great Basin College.
Sawyer explained he merged dramatizing Poe with his idea of a tasting event that “focused on craft beer [from] small-production breweries that aren’t sold in town.”
Thanks to the “craft-beer explosion in the last four or five years,” people can now purchase some of those beverages featured at earlier Poe & Pints, including the Reno-based midsized brewpub, Brasserie Saint James that was served at the first Poe event, Sawyer said.
“You can find Brasserie beers all over town,” Sawyer said, adding that Alibi Ale Works and Pigeon Head Brewery, featured at previous Poe & Pints, now are available locally.
This year, Alibi Ale, Garage Project Brewery, Grand Teton Brewing and Incline Cider Company were part of the tasting flights.
Poe & Pints’ last sold-out performance is Oct. 7 at the DLC. For information, visit www.poeandpints.org or call 934-3721.