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Poe-Dunk – A Matchbox Entertainment: 5 Things To Know About The Show Before You Go (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by The Happiest Medium on February 6, 2012

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Five Questions. Five Answers. And One Big Decision: Rock, Paper, Or Scissors?

Poe-Dunk, "Annabel Lee"

Poe-Dunk – A Matchbox Entertainment

Company: Playlab NYC

Beyond the tales of terror! On a tabletop lies the quaint and curious work of Edgar Allan Poe. Newspaperman. Playwright. Critic. Humorist. An itty-bitty puppet repertoire of obscure curios, marginalia, and even a couple popular classics from America’s most versatile writer.

Show Times:

  • Wed 2/22 @ 6:30 pm
  • Fri 2/24 @ 9:30 pm
  • Mon 2/27 @ 8:00 pm
  • Wed 2/29 @ 11:00 pm
  • Sat 3/3 @ 12:30 pm

Answers by Kevin P. Hale

(Creator / Performer)

Karen Tortora-Lee’s Question
That’s some title. How did you come up with it – and what does it mean?
Kevin: A podunk is a small place that is regarded as unimportant. Cast members don’t get much smaller than the pair of three-quarter inch lovers in my version of “Annabel Lee.” Additionally, it was my goal to shine a light on some of Poe’s lesser-known works, seemingly unimportant stories like “The Scythe of Time” and “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion.” And finally Edgar Allan Poe loved puns, so Poe-Dunk seemed inevitable.

Diánna Martin’s Question
If you were going to invite five people, anyone from past and present, to see your FRIGID show – who would you invite and why?


G. K. CHESTERTON – His essay “The Toy Theater”

MOM – When she flew out to see the last performance of Poe-Dunk – A Matchbox Entertainment at FringeNYC this summer Hurricane Irene happened, and the performance was cancelled.

“PROFESSOR” RALPH PHILLIPS – His1892 puppet adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Loss of Breath” has been a continual inspiration to our work at Playlab NYC.

LAURA HEIT – Her matchbox shows allowed me to see that my matchbox Poe models didn’t need to just sit on a bookshelf.

DAVID CRONENBERG – When I invited him to my high school graduation twenty some odd years ago he didn’t come.

Antonio Minino’s Question
What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve ever made for your Art and was it worth it?
Kevin: I once sacrificed a goat for my Art. It was totally worth it, so now I’m thinking about sacrificing a water buffalo.

Geoffrey Paddy Johnson’s Question
Was there any unexpected discovery made during the development of this production and, if so, can you share it?
Kevin: I hear that actors do this sort of thing all the time, but I was very surprised to discover that I could memorize a sixty-minute one-person show.

Michelle Augello-Page’s Question
What do you hope the audience receives from the experience of seeing this show?
Kevin: It is my hope that they leave the theater knowing that Edgar Allan Poe was a very funny guy.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH

THM Bonus Question – We’re serious this year!
In the THM virtual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH which FRIGID Show do you take on?
Kevin: Drowning Ophelia

And what do you throw?
Kevin: Paper


Excellent choice, Poe-Dunk … fantastic!  I’m not making any predictions, but seeing as Drowning Ophelia is a ROCK opera, you may have won that one.  But we’ll have to see!

Looks like Love in the Time of Chlamydia (who challenged everyone with ROCK) has finally – yes I’ll say it – met her MATCH!  Because after either tying or vanquishing most of the opponents she’s now been smothered by PAPER.  Victory to – Poe-Dunk!  You were also challenged by I Married A Nun … who also chose PAPER.  That is a DRAW — but in this case “draw” means go out and “draw” some more of those great little Poe-Dunk characters!

Thanks Poe-Dunk: A Matchbox Entertainment for participating in The Happiest Medium’s FRIGID New York Festival 2012 Q&A. And for playing our game! You’re officially PAPER in any and all challenges. You may win again, you may not – who knows! This is how it works in the crazy world of the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH!

For the rest of you don’t forget to check out Poe-Dunk: A Matchbox Entertainment!


Poe-Dunk: A Matchbox Entertainment
Company: Playlab NYC
Directed by: John Pieza
Feb 22, 6:30PM
Feb 24, 9:30PM
Feb 27, 8:00PM
Feb 29, 11:00PM
Mar 03, 12:30PM
The Red Room


The 2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL will run February 22-March 4 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A). Tickets to all shows may be purchased online at or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

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