After a one-year hiatus, Edgar Allan Poe once again will visit the Victorian Players during the Halloween season.
Poe's ''The Masque of the Red Death'' is the latest adaptation of the writer's work to be staged at the Youngstown theater.
The production was written and directed by J.E. Ballantyne Jr., who has been adapting Poe's work for the theater since 2005.
It tells the story of a violent disease that is ravaging the countryside. The effects are painful and morbid causing agonizing death within a half hour. Prince Prospero, in an effort to avoid the disease, invites a large contingent of his most loyal followers to his secluded castle. Once inside he welds the gates shut and forbids anyone from entering or leaving. All inside can thus escape the gruesome predator.
In order to entertain his guests he invites them all to take part in a masquerade ball which he throws in lavish style. The ball, however, provides opportunities for hidden identities which cause as many problems as the dreaded disease.
The cast features Dave Wolford, C. Richard Haldi, Sam Luptak, Jr., Wayne A. Morris, Ed O'Malley, Ashley Balas, Chris Chaibi, Ryan Newell, Donny Wolford, Kathryn T. Adams, Gerri Jenkins, Vinnie Dragos, Brittiani L. Ketcham, Brandi Hughes and Audrey Allen.
''Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death'' opens Friday and will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Victorian Players Theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Special midnight performances are scheduled Oct. 20 and 27.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.
For reservations or more information, call 330-746-5455.