THT Repertory Makes Its Debut
In October 2020, THT Rep hosted private performances for groups of 20 or fewer to experience Edgar Allan Poe’s iconic short-stories, "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado."
The show was conceived of, directed and performed by THT Rep’s artistic director, Olivia D’Ambrosio Scanlon, who goes by Livy whenever she acts or directs. The cracker-jack creative team included Chelsea Kerl (costume design), Brenda Shepard (lighting design and stage management), Steve Shepard (sound design) and Jada Murphy (assistant director and sound board operator).
"This minimalist cabaret-style staging was, ironically (given the Poe content), a much needed breath of fresh air." - Worcester Magazine
"If you are a fan of Poe you will not be disappointed in the choices nor the presentation. Livy has tremendous energy as she recites the stories of Poe." - Boston Events Insider
“This was such a captivating experience. 10/10. Would recommend to a friend, and already have!” - Audience Survey
Seated in a socially-distant cabaret style, the production was the first in MA, and one of the first in the country, to be approved for indoor performance by the COVID health and safety team at Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
Above: Creative team member Jada Murphy masks up for a performance of Poe. In addition to wearing masks and practicing social distancing, all creative team members underwent weekly COVID testing at St. Vincent Hospital, who sponsored the production and now serves as The Hanover Theatre’s COVID-19 testing partner.
Check out a walk through video detailing our safety measures: