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The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe

October 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

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“The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe” dramatic presentation will take place on October 25, 2023 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in the East Lodge Room.

The Lawrence County Historical Society and the New Castle Public Library have partnered to host an enchanting evening performance of Poe stories and poems by author Mark Dawidziak and his wife, actress Sara Showman. There will be an audience live-chat and book signing following the performance.

Mark Dawidziak and Sara Showman founded the Largely Literary Theatre Company in 2002. This repertoire theater company is dedicated to promoting literature, literacy and live theater and includes works by Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe.

Mark is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar and has portrayed Twain on stage for more than 40 years. No less an authority than Ken Burns has said, “Nobody gets Mark Twain the way Mark Dawidziak does”.

Mark’s most recent book is the biography A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe. He will be available following the performance for a book signing.

HOSTED BY: The New Castle Public Library and the Lawrence County Historical Society

EVENT SPONSORS: Almira Foundation, Lawrence Community Foundation, and Cusick, DeCaro & Langer, PC

DATE and TIME: October 25, 2023. Hors d’oeuvres and wine served from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Performance begins at 7 pm.

LOCATION: Scottish Rite Cathedral in the East Lodge Room

TICKET COST: $15 per person. Payment includes a 6 pm Hors d’oeuvres and wine hour as well as the performance which begins at 7:00 pm.


  1. At the New Castle Public LIbrary, 207 E North St, New Castle PA. Monday-Friday. See Meagan Mariotti,
  2. At the Lawrence County Historical Society, 408 North Jefferson Street, New Castle PA 16101. Any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday between 11 am and 4 pm.
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Join us October 25 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral for a dramatic presentation of
“The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe”

110 E Lincoln Avenue
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101 United States
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