Centre Stage Community Theatre presents: 'The Fall of the House of Usher'
PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Centre State Community Theatre is putting on their production of 'The Fall of the House of Usher', a play where the main character slowly descends into madness, this weekend.
The play is based on the short story of the same name, written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1840.
"This version of the story reminds me a lot of the Addams Family and the Munsters, when actual normal people would come visit them, and they experience things that are really abnormal, so I drew a lot of inspiration from that," said Kaylara Allington, the director of the play.
In the play, a family man, Ed Allen, gets a desperate call from a childhood friend to come visit him in his Usher family home. Allen, exposed to the family's house filled with secrets and temptations, starts a journey into madness, that he might not recuse himself from.
"I was given an opportunity to read for it, and just based on the story itself, it was really intriguing, really dramatic, unlike anything I'd ever done before, and because of the themes, because of... the nature of it and... the journey that it takes you. It's just a great story and really intriguing and really different than a lot of other things you'll see out there in local theater," said James Crane, who plays Ed Allen.
The play is recommended for mature audiences, the director advises that there are adult themes and swearing present in the performance.
'The Fall of the House of Usher' will be performed Friday and Saturday at Corning-Painted Post Middle School at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 per person at the door. Centre State Community Theatre accepts cash or Venmo.