Be whisked through a classic reading of macabre literary masterpieces when The Belfry presents acclaimed actor Alastair Morley Jaques’ American Gothic: A Journey Into The Shadows Of American Literature on October 28 at 7pm. This eerie evening of spooky tales and sinister stories is sure to instill shivers and screams to all who dare to attend. by JEFF SPRY
Just in time for Halloween, American Gothic promises audiences a selection of some of the scariest delights from American history and literature by esteemed writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson and more. It’s a spine-tingling sprinkling of ghost stories and atmospheric offerings by America’s greatest spinners of the supernatural, offered in a fearsome feast for the imagination by scholar, storyteller and Oregon favorite Alastair Jaques.
Jaques performed his An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe one-man-show to a sold-out crowd at The Belfry last year, portraying the disturbed horror writer in amazing detail and forceful vocal delivery. This year he’s back to dig deep into the dark corners of Americana with that same devilish energy.
“We’re definitely excited to have Alastair back this year,” said Belfry owner Angeline Rhett. “He brings a superb level of authenticity, detail and commitment to his act that captivated our audience last season. Everybody was rapt. He’s going to do a different program this time that will be more suitable for children and families. It’s not only a perfect treat for Halloween but it also carries with it a certain educational exposure to a range of authors guests may not have had a chance to connect with yet in their life. Community events such as this, the Old Time Radio Show and Science Club all bring our town together in a rich cultural experience.”
This intriguing new American Gothic show came about due to Jaques wanting to do something different and fresh.
“We’re really thrilled to give people something unique for the Halloween season in the setting of this historic church. We’ll also be offering dinner fare like enchiladas, Stromboli, hot soup, warm spiced cider and tasty home-made baked goods.”
$8 online in advance and $10 at the door.
Tuesday, October 28at 7pm doors open at 6pm