PoeFestA month of madness and terror!

PoeFest Schedule

PoeFest opens October 6, 2017 and runs until Halloween. Please see our schedule of events below.

Main Stage 2017
10/6 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - Lookalike Contest, The Premature Burial, The Cask of Amontillado
10/7 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - The Masque of the Red Death, The Black Cat

10/13 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - The Premature Burial, The Black Cat
10/14 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - The Masque of the Red Death, The Tell-Tale Heart

10/20 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - The Oval Portrait, The Cask of Amontillado
10/21 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - The Premature Burial, The Pit and the Pendulum

10/27 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - Writing Contest Winners, The Masque of the Red Death, The Premature Burial
10/28 - 8:00 PM Ghost Lounge - The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontillado

PoeFest Séance 2017
10/21 - 10:00 PM Senator's Room - PoeFest Séance
10/28 - 10:00 PM Senator's Room - PoeFest Séance

Rosson House Museum
10/31 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM "The Raven" performed every 20 minutes.
$10 admission includes a lower level tour of the mansion.

About PoeFest

PoeFest 2017 is the ninth annual celebration of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe held every October in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Our performances are not readings. Our actors have memorized Poe's stories and will perform them as inmates in Poe's fictional Maison de Santé Asylum.

Cast Who's who in the cast.

The actors in PoeFest are professionals. These are not readings. Our actors memorize Poe's stories and poetry and perform them in character as inmates from Poe's fictional Maison de Santé Asylum.

Partners

Those helping hands

Venues Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos

  • ADDRESS 202 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

  • PHONE 1-888-343-4228

  • EMAIL Click for email

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Venues Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square

  • ADDRESS 113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

  • PHONE 1-888-343-4228

  • EMAIL Click for email

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Contests

PoeFest® offers three contests:

- Student writing competition.
- Edgar Allan Poe lookalike contest Oct. 7th.
- Annual PoeFest Raffle drawn on Halloween.

Student Writing Competition

Short Story Contest

1. All Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2017-2018 school year are eligible.
2. Student authors must be residents of the State of Arizona.
3. Home-schooled students are eligible.
4. Submission deadline is October 20, 2017.
5. All short story submissions must be between 1,000 and 7,500 words.
6. Themes for short stories must stick to the genres of horror and/or mystery.
7. Stories must be original.
8. Authors retain all copyrights.
9. Submissions can be dropped off at any Bookmans Entertainment Exchange location.
10. Alternatively, submissions can also be made in electronic form (contest@poefest.org.)
11. All submissions must include the email and phone number of a parent or guardian.
12. All authors must have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.
13. All submissions must include the author's name, birthdate, school, and grade for the 2017-2018 school year. (Home schooled students are welcome.)
14. One winner will be declared and notified via email on October 25, 2017.
15. All submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of judges.
16. Winning stories will be read aloud at PoeFest on October 27th, 2017.
17. The winning author and one guest will be awarded complimentary passes to all PoeFest Main Stage shows.
18. Prize packages will be provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

Poetry Contest

1. All Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2017-2018 school year are eligible.
2. Student authors must be residents of the State of Arizona.
3. Home-schooled students are eligible.
4. Submission deadline is October 20, 2017.
5. All poetry submissions must be no more than 422 lines.
6. Themes for poems must stick to the genres of love, horror, and/or death.
7. Poems must be original.
8. Poets retain all copyrights.
9. Submissions can be dropped off at any Bookmans Entertainment Exchange location.
10. Alternatively, submissions can also made in electronic form (contest@poefest.org.)
11. All submissions must include the email and phone number of a parent or guardian.
12. All authors must have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.
13. All submissions must include the poet's name, birthdate, school, and grade for the 2017-2018 school year.
14. All submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of judges.
15. Tne winning poet will be declared and notified via email on October 25, 2017.
16. Winning poems will be read aloud at PoeFest on October 27, 2017.
17. The winning poet and one guest will be awarded complimentary passes to all PoeFest Main Stage shows.
18. Prize packages will be provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.


Edgar Allan Poe Lookalike Contest

1. The contest will take place at PoeFest inside the Hotel San Carlos on Friday, October 6, 2017.
2. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and be 18 years of age or older as of October 6, 2017.
3. Entrants must be on site to win.
4. No purchase is necessary.
5. Judging will be conducted by PoeFest volunteers.
6. The 2017 Edgar Allan Poe will return in 2018 as a judge.
7. Judges will be looking for a contestant who looks like Edgar Allan Poe.
8. Contestants will be given 15 seconds to speak to the audience. This is optional.
9. The winner will be asked to join a scholarhip committee to oversee prizes in the student writing competition.
10. Contestants can only win the PoeFest Lookalike Contest once.
11. Winners receive a lifetime pass to PoeFest and a prize package supplied by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange


PoeFest Raffle

Arizona Curriculum Theater Inc. (ACT Inc.) is a federally-recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating in Arizona schools and libraries using the arts as a tool to promote literacy and connect with all subjects in the curriculum. This raffle is conducted by the Board of Directors of ACT Inc. to benefit ACT Inc.'s general operating fund. The following are the rules and regulations approved by the Board of Directors. Participants will be bound by these rules and will not dispute or challenge these rules and regulations in any court of law.
1. Eligibility: Participants must be 18 years of age or older to win.
2. The minimum required donation for participation will be $5. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each entry, three entries for $10, or eight entries for $20.
3. The drawing copy of every participant's ticket must contain the donor’s name, email address and/or telephone number.
4. If more than one name is listed on the ticket, the first listed name will be considered the entrant for this drawing.
5. ACT Inc. is not responsible for any illegible or erroneous information written on the ticket by the donor.
6. Decisions by the Board of Directors shall be final for any disputes in connection with this drawing and those decisions cannot be challenged in any court of law.
7. The Board of Directors reserves the right to postpone this drawing for any reason.
8. The winner of this raffle will be determined by a random drawing which will be held on October 31, 2017 at 10:00 PM. The drawing venue is Rosson House Museum, 115 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ.
9. Once the prizes are awarded to the winners, all deals are final.
10. If the winners are not present at the drawing, the Board of Directors will notify the winner either by phone or email. Ticket numbers for all winners will be posted publicly on ACT Inc.'s PoeFest website (www.poefest.org) and the ACT Inc. Facebook page (www.facebook.com/actinc) before 12 noon on November 1, 2017.
11. The winner must present the original donor’s copy of the ticket with a valid proof of identification (Driver’s License or valid Passport) in order to claim the prize.
12. In the event of any dispute or controversy regarding the identification of the winner or winners, the winner or winners will be required to produce additional information as requested by the Board of Directors.
13. If the winner of this drawing cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts by the Board of Directors, or the winner fails to claim the prize within 45 days of the drawing date, the prize will be considered forfeited and the cash equivalent will be reverted back to Arizona Curriculum Theater Inc.'s general operating fund.
14. All of the net proceeds from this drawing will go to ACT Inc.'s general fund to fulfill its non-profit mission.
15. Questions and/or concerns over rules and regulations should be brought to the Board of Directors prior to the drawing date.
16. Members of ACT Inc.'s Board of Directors and ACT Inc.’s teaching artists are not eligible to win the prize.
17. No substitution may be made and no cash will be given in lieu of prizes.
18. All inquiries should be directed to: James David Porter, Director, ACT Inc., 16978 W. Manchester Dr., Surprise, AZ 85374-1818, 1-888-343-4228, raffle@poefest.org.

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions about PoeFest. If you do not find the answer to your question here please email us, or call us at 1-888-343-4228.

1. What is the Main Stage show?

Our main stage shows inside the Hotel San Carlos's Ghost Lounge take place every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 PM between October 6 and October 28, 2017 and feature a rotating schedule of Poe's stories. Click here to see our full schedule of stories and poems. $22-$27

2. What is the PoeFest Séance show?

PoeFest Séance is an entertainment show that will explore the supernatural in a modern ode to the Victorian-era séance. Audiences will be chilled and thrilled by attempts to contact the spirit world, including the lost soul of Edgar Allan Poe himself. PoeFest Séance is not for young children, pregnant women, people with heart issues, health issues, or the easily frightened. $37.95

3. What is The Raven at Rosson House?

The Raven at Rosson House occurs on Halloween Night only and features The Raven performed every twenty minutes inside the grand entrance hall of the restored Gothic Victorian mansion. A tour of the lower level is included featuring the doctor's office, a cooling table, a coffin, artwork made of human hair, Victorian-era post-mortem photography, and more. $10.00

4. Are these readings of Poe's stories?

No. These are not readings. Our actors have memorized Poe's stories and will perform them in character as inmates of Poe's fictional Maison de Santé Asylum.

5. Are there reserved seats for PoeFest?

PoeFest main stage shows inside the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos do not have assigned seating. Our seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. However, our space is intimate and every seat in the house is a good one. If you have a ticket you are guaranteed a seat to the show. If you want to use your Festival Pass you must arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime. 'The Raven' at Rosson House is standing room only and lasts roughly 15 minutes. We can accommodate wheelchairs for all performances.

6. Can I buy drinks at PoeFest?

We do not sell alcohol at PoeFest. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

7. Where is the best place to park?

The Hotel San Carlos offers short-term valet parking for $10 plus tip. Parking on the street is metered until 10PM. There are cash-only lots for $5 at 324 N 1st Ave and 252 W Van Buren St. We also recommend the Wells Fargo Plaza Garage at 92 N 1st Ave. Light Rail continues to be the cheapest and most convenient alternative.

8. Can I buy tickets using cash?

We cannot accept cash for advance ticket purchases. A credit or debit card is required to buy advance tickets to PoeFest.

9. Can you accommodate wheelchairs?

PoeFest is wheelchair accessible. Please give us advance notice so we can configure our seating accordingly.

10. Do you have listening devices for the hearing impaired?

PoeFest does not currently have listening devices. With advance notice, however, we will reserve front row seating for any audience member with impaired hearing. Our scripts are also available upon request.

11. Can I take photos or video during the show?

Because of the distraction to other audience members we ask that everyone refrain from taking photos, videos, or using their cell phones in any manner during the performance. Please turn off all cell phones.

12. What happens if I arrive late?

There is no late seating at PoeFest. If you arrive after the show has started you will not be admitted.

13. Will anyone jump out and scare me?

In our Ghost Lounge shows on the main stage as well as The Raven at Rosson House, all of the horror comes from the demented mind of Edgar Allan Poe. In PoeFest Séance, we cannot control malevolent spirits and promise nothing. Do not attend PoeFest Séance if you have young children, heart issues, illness, or are easily frightened.

14. Do you have a dress code?

We do not have a dress code. Casual attire is permitted.

15. Do you offer ghost tours of the hotel?

No. The Hotel San Carlos does offer its own history tours, but we do not produce or organize them.