Actor Michael Bertolini will perform a free dramatic reading of “Murder, Madness & Poe” at 1:30 PM on Thursday, October 30 in the Large Meeting Room. Written and directed by David Houston, this one-hour play will be presented in the style of a radio drama, featuring readings, poetry, music, and eerie sound effects. During this show about America's unequaled Master of the Macabre, Mr. Bertolini will portray a desperate Edgar Allan Poe seeking acceptance for his gentle tales of violence and insanity - in order to revive his faltering life and career with a lecture tour. Hear quotations and complete readings from "The Black Cat," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Bells," "Annabel Lee," "The Raven," and “The Cask of Amontillado.”
This public program is funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting their Garden City Public Library cards at the program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats.
Michael Bertolini has performed in many Manhattan and regional theaters and on television and film, including playing serial killer Colin Raimes ("Life on Mars" - ABC), voicing Homer ("Star Blazers" - classic anime TV series), and playing a variety of Muppets! He recently played King Agamemnon in a critically acclaimed production of "Iphigenia at Aulis" at the La Mama Theater in NYC. Michael is best known to Long Island theatregoers for playing Don Quixote ("Man of La Mancha"), Von Trapp ("Sound of Music") Lockstock ("Urinetown"), and other leading and featured roles in plays and musicals. His BFA in Performing Arts is from Hofstra University, where he received their Acting Excellence Award.
David Houston, writer/director, is a published and produced writer with several books and screenplays to his credit; his Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby (St. Martin’s Press), was optioned for movie production, as was his mystery novel Shadows on the Moon (Leisure Books). As an actor, David has appeared in leading roles including Major Bouvier in "Grey Gardens," Friar Lawrence in "Romeo and Juliet," Senex in Sondheim’s "Forum," Ben in "Death of a Salesman," Herr Shultz in "Cabaret," the Old Actor in "The Fantasticks," and Horace in "The Little Foxes." In addition to directing his own plays - they include "The Last Dance" (Fred and Adèle Astaire), "Let’s Do It!" (Noël Coward and Cole Porter), "Great Scott and Zelda" (The Fitzgeralds), "A Rodgers and Hart Audition" (the songwriters and auditioning celebrities), "The Ghost of Dorothy Parker," and "The Dickens!" - he directed "The Belle of Amherst," "The Odd Couple," "Sylvia," and "Social Security" for Long Island theaters, libraries, and schools.