Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 10 AM-8:30 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10 AM-8:30 PM
Friday, November 2, 2018, 10 AM-5 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10 AM-4 PM
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 12-4 PM


Free; no ticket required. Entry in the installation is every 15 minutes on the hour.

Poe’s Shadows uses the 360-degree cyclorama and spatial audio capabilities of the Cube in the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech to create an immersive theatrical experience. Drawing from two of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven, the installation explores what happens when literary texts are lifted from the “page to the stage” and then reimagined through the use of new technology.

Audience members will hear recordings of the texts performed by Virginia Tech students, with selections curated and directed by theatre faculty members Amanda Nelson and Natasha Staley and English faculty member Ashley Reed.  Virtual shadow puppets will be projected onto the cyclorama, designed by visual arts faculty member Meaghan Dee. Lighting and scenic elements, designed by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology's Research Assistant Professor of Immersive Environments Daniel Pillis, and original music and sound, designed and engineered by M.F.A. in theatre student Tanner Upthegrove under the guidance of music faculty member Charles Nichols, will emanate through the space, creating a full immersive experience for audience members.

A series of short expert talks on related and complementary topics will be held in conjunction with the installation:

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 12 PM
    A Poe Pondering: Spatial Audio from Measurement to Reproduction
    Speaker: Mike Roan, Ph.D.

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 5:30 PM
    A Poe Pondering: Fearsome Stenches and Whiffs of Disease
    Speaker: Melanie A. Kiechle, Ph.D.

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7:30 PM
    A Poe Pondering: Edgar Allen Poe as a Virginia Writer
    Speaker: Ashley Reed, Ph.D.

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 12 PM
    A Poe Pondering: Cognitive Disruption in the VR Experience
    Speaker: Chris Miller; Todd Ogle, Ph.D.; and Dillon Cutaiar

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:30 PM
    A Poe Pondering: Reading Poems as Theatre
    Speaker: Tom Gardner, Ph.D.


A digital exhibition on Poe and Poe’s Shadows will be showcased in the Athenaeum in the Newman Library during the month of October. More information on the digital exhibition will be posted soon.

Poe’s Shadows has been made possible through the generous support of the School of Visual Arts, the School of Performing Arts, the Center for Humanities, the Department of English, the Athenaeum (Digital Humanities services) and Immersive Environments in University Libraries, the Moss Arts Center, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).