The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe

Life and death; love and heartbreak.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe

By David Rice, based on the life and writings of E. A. Poe
Directed by Alison C. Vesely
Featuring Christian Gray and Kevin McKillip
Previews Sept. 23, 24, 25
Runs Sept. 26 ~ Nov. 1

"A smart and heartfelt journey into the life and literature of the great American horror writer." " ★★★ - Chicago Tribune

"An artfully structured, revealing literary and biographical revue of a hugely influential and ever-potent storyteller...A masterful take on a master's work. " ★★★ - Daily Herald

"A perfect storm of theatre! "★★★★
Highly Recommended - Chicago Stage Review

The Story

Madness… brings Poe’s macabre and melancholic tales & poems to life as Poe and his beloved wife Virginia guide you through historic Mayslake Hall, taking you from the garrets to the dungeons and deep into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe. Moving throughout the mansion, audience members will experience such tales of terror as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”

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Experience First Folio at Mayslake Peabody Estate Forest Preserve

All performances take place on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, which is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Indoor shows are presented in Mayslake Hall, a 30-room Tudor Revival style mansion originally built by coal baron Francis S. Peabody. Completed in 1922, the mansion is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Click here for directions.

Gothic Charm, Pastoral Splendor and Dramatic Excellence at First Folio

Outside of the city limits there lies a dramatic destination that not only delivers outstanding theater to its audiences, but creates it in a setting that is as unique as it is lovely. First Folio Theatre , the brainchild of David Rice and Alison Vesely, has been staging the works of Shakespeare as well as other playwrights since 1997. Their choice of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate provides a picture perfect outdoor venue and two elegant indoor stages. This exceptional location makes a remarkable home for this gifted theater company. Rice and Vesely’s passion for theater is evident by their award-winning productions, influenced and enhanced by the extraordinary atmosphere that this singular location provides. Read more and view photos from the Photo Essay By Venus Zarris

"First Folio offers something Navy Pier can't...
plenty of greenery, gentle breezes and the chance to stretch out on a blanket with family and friends while being transported to Shakespeare's otherworldly romance."
- Chicago Tribune

Ticket Return Policy

First Folio will issue refunds only if a performance is canceled. Tickets already purchased may be exchanged for another performance provided the exchange is made at least 72 hours in advance. Exchanges with less than 72 hours notice will be made only if we are able to resell the tickets for the original date or will be subject to a 50% exchange fee. (Subscribers may exchange up to 24 hours in advance without fee or penalty.) Additional charges will apply for exchanging preview tickets for non-preview performances or for exchanging weekday tickets for weekend tickets.

To find out if a performance is being canceled due to weather, please call the box office at 630-986-8067. For outdoor summer performances, the final decision is not made until 7:45 PM. For indoor performances, the decision will be made at least 4 hours in advance. For all weather related issues, the decision will be made based on specific conditions at our site in Oak Brook. Rainchecks issued for a cancelled summer performance will be good for the remainder of that summer only.



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