Director of ‘Nightfall’ wants to give Poe his happy ending

Tickets available online; show will run evenings this weekend, 2 p.m. on Oct. 20, 27



Wil Blanchard, director of “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe,” discusses the upcoming show on Wednesday evening at the Pullman Civic Theatre.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor

Actors at the Pullman Civic Theatre will perform Eric Coble’s play “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” starting Friday.

The play is comprised of four of Poe’s most popular stories, “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Director Wil Blanchard said.

“I’m a huge fan of Poe,” Blanchard said. “To be able to tell these stories — the way I’m trying to tell them — it’s kind of cool to watch the whole process.”

The show centers around whether Poe is sane as he tells his stories, Blanchard said.

“I wanted to finally give Poe a happy ending,” Blanchard said. “And if you want to know what that is, you have to come to the show.”

For those seeking spooky Halloween entertainment, “Nightfall” will have a few jump scares and “killer” sound effects and music. The atmosphere of the performance will be dark and macabre, Blanchard said.

Blake Taylor plays army medic turned crazed inmate Sante in “The Pit and the Pendulum.” Taylor said he has never acted in a play before but enjoys working with the more experienced actors and playing off them.

“It was definitely an adventurous jump to get into and I really like the all-in nerve-wrackingness of it all,” Taylor said.

Of the nine cast members, six are new to either acting or Pullman Civic Theatre, Blanchard said.

The theater group is a volunteer-run organization and has ways for anyone to get involved, Blanchard said.

“That’s the great thing about community theater, anyone can be part of community theater … It’s community,” said Mike Long, producer, and hair and makeup designer.

Pullman Civic Theatre is hosting seven showings of “Nightfall.” Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27.

For the Oct. 24 showing, Pullman Civic Theatre is partnering with Friends of Neill Public Library for “book a ticket with a book.” Instead of paying admission to see the show, audience members can bring a new or gently used book, audiobook or DVD to benefit Neill Public Library.

The partnership goes well with the literary theme of the play, Blanchard said.

Advance tickets are $12 for evening shows and $10 for Sunday matinees and can be purchased online, at Dissmores IGA, and at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Pullman Civic Theatre is at 1220 NW Nye St. behind Dissmores.