American actor David Crawford brings his solo show Poe’s Last Night to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, then to Pittsburgh's New Hazlett Theater. Crawford portrays Poe in his final dying hours on the streets of Baltimore as he is pursued by mysterious assailants both without and within his feverish brain. As he fights his demons, Poe performs several of his quintessential works, including “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

Crawford presented an earlier version of the play at the 2012 Fringe, where it was hailed as “stunning storytelling … a syllable-perfect ride through many of Poe’s most classic, spine-shilling tales” by P.W.&L. of Darkchat, with “magnificent moments, including an enchanting rendition of ‘The Raven’”—Lauren Paxman, The Stage Edinburgh.

The “Poe in Irvine 200” celebration in Irvine, Lanarkshire, hosted the show in 2015, among several other bookings.

The new version features both darker horror and more humor.  This year’s Fringe engagement, its first booking, is in Sweet Venues at Apex Hotel, Grassmarket, Aug. 4-14 at 21:30 and Aug. 16-21 and 23-28 at 17:10.

Crawford embarked on a career in horror in 1978 with his portrayal of Dr. James Foster in George Romero’s zombie epic Dawn of the Dead.  A veteran of the American stage, his roles include horror writer H. P. Lovecraft in “Lovecraft’s Monsters,” which he performed at the Fringe in 2014.

 

“Magnificent moments, including an enchanting rendition of ‘The Raven.’” —Lauren Paxman, The Stage Edinburgh, August 13, 2012 _____________ “Stunning storytelling by American actor David Crawford who, as Poe himself, took us on a syllable-perfect ride through many of Poe’s most classic, spine-chilling tales. “Faultless delivery piloted us from catacombs to chamber doors as the atmosphere whizzed through the hairs on our heads, and envy kicked us up the backside; we really want one of those cool walking canes with the concealed knives too.” —P.W.&L., Darkchat, August 2012 _____________ Performed with an impeccable gravitas by David Crawford … Poe's works have clearly been selected for their autobiographical implications; setting up a scale of emotional unbalance that perfectly reflects back on their writer, their performer. —Daryn Shepherd, Duty Manager at QUAD, on Facebook _____________ Any Poe-fans in or nearby Edinburgh, Scotland, this month?? Then you should definitely check out American theatre actor David Crawford’s brilliant one-man show called Poe's Last Night!! It's at a club called Espionage and it's free, 1:15 pm every day! I've been there twice and I really wanna go back but I'm going home to Sweden tomorrow. —Cat Sarkioja on Edgar Allan Poe Facebook Page. _____________ My wife and I caught the show yesterday and we both thought it was absolutely fantastic. The transition from what David produced for his show into Poe's poems and short stories was simply sublime. Just brilliant, I may have to go see it again. —Hamish Donald on Poe’s Last Night Facebook Page.

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“Magnificent moments, including an enchanting rendition of ‘The Raven.’” —Lauren Paxman, The Stage Edinburgh, August 13, 2012 _____________ “Stunning storytelling by American actor David Crawford who, as Poe himself, took us on a syllable-perfect ride through many of Poe’s most classic, spine-chilling tales. “Faultless delivery piloted us from catacombs to chamber doors as the atmosphere whizzed through the hairs on our heads, and envy kicked us up the backside; we really want one of those cool walking canes with the concealed knives too.” —P.W.&L., Darkchat, August 2012 _____________ Performed with an impeccable gravitas by David Crawford … Poe's works have clearly been selected for their autobiographical implications; setting up a scale of emotional unbalance that perfectly reflects back on their writer, their performer. —Daryn Shepherd, Duty Manager at QUAD, on Facebook _____________ Any Poe-fans in or nearby Edinburgh, Scotland, this month?? Then you should definitely check out American theatre actor David Crawford’s brilliant one-man show called Poe's Last Night!! It's at a club called Espionage and it's free, 1:15 pm every day! I've been there twice and I really wanna go back but I'm going home to Sweden tomorrow. —Cat Sarkioja on Edgar Allan Poe Facebook Page. _____________ My wife and I caught the show yesterday and we both thought it was absolutely fantastic. The transition from what David produced for his show into Poe's poems and short stories was simply sublime. Just brilliant, I may have to go see it again. —Hamish Donald on Poe’s Last Night Facebook Page.
“Magnificent moments, including an enchanting rendition of ‘The Raven.’” —Lauren Paxman, The Stage Edinburgh, August 13, 2012 _____________ “Stunning storytelling by American actor David Crawford who, as Poe himself, took us on a syllable-perfect ride through many of Poe’s most classic, spine-chilling tales. “Faultless delivery piloted us from catacombs to chamber doors as the atmosphere whizzed through the hairs on our heads, and envy kicked us up the backside; we really want one of those cool walking canes with the concealed knives too.” —P.W.&L., Darkchat, August 2012 _____________ Performed with an impeccable gravitas by David Crawford … Poe's works have clearly been selected for their autobiographical implications; setting up a scale of emotional unbalance that perfectly reflects back on their writer, their performer. —Daryn Shepherd, Duty Manager at QUAD, on Facebook _____________ Any Poe-fans in or nearby Edinburgh, Scotland, this month?? Then you should definitely check out American theatre actor David Crawford’s brilliant one-man show called Poe's Last Night!! It's at a club called Espionage and it's free, 1:15 pm every day! I've been there twice and I really wanna go back but I'm going home to Sweden tomorrow. —Cat Sarkioja on Edgar Allan Poe Facebook Page. _____________ My wife and I caught the show yesterday and we both thought it was absolutely fantastic. The transition from what David produced for his show into Poe's poems and short stories was simply sublime. Just brilliant, I may have to go see it again. —Hamish Donald on Poe’s Last Night Facebook Page.