Amy Pettinella's script and Russell McGee's uncanny portrayal of the tortured soul of Edgar Allan Poe combine to make Nevermore
an exceedingly powerful and emotionally packed piece of storytelling. Pettinella plays an unnamed female writer who is incapable of maintaining her literary success and decides instead to end her life rather than deal with the pain accompanying her unfulfilled existence. After washing down a bottle of prescription medication with a bottle of liquor, she begins skimming the works of Poe only to suddenly find herself in the presence of the author's ghost. Through examples from his own life, as well as those of other tortured artists who have acquiesced to the temptation of death, Poe illustrates to the woman the absurdities of her actions. Especially poignant is Poe's recounting of his undeserved abuse at the hands of his foster father and literary contemporaries, and his explanation of how such adversity can serve to either inspire or destroy an artist. Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 p.m.