Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe


A Haunting Dramatization of Poe's Best Works

by Eric Coble

Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself -- and the audience -- that he's not mad. The spell he weaves brings you a highly theatrical adaptation of four stories Poe himself considered his best: "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door.


Thursday, March 14th at 7:30 PM

Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 PM


Tickets are free of charge. This event is funded in full by the NMU Student Finance Committee.

Located in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre.

"Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe" is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (


Cast List

Poe Nick Salin
Edgar/Sante Jacob Laitinen
Lenore/ Madeline Usher/Old Man Lilith Kontos
Roderick Usher/Soldier/ Policeman #2 Brady Skewis
The Raven/Judge/Policeman #1 Sophie Sam


† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Creative Team

Director Nathan Morgan
Producer and Publicity Manager Lilith Kontos
Scenic Designer Nathaniel Langlie
Lighting Designer Justin Van't Hof
Costume Designer Riley Fields
Sound Designer Jacob Stipe
Projection Designer Sophie Sam
Properties Master Nathan Morgan

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Additional Artistic Staff

Master Electrician Justin Van't Hof
Light Board Operator  Ellie Kraemer
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Cast Bios

Nick Salin (Poeis a senior at NMU. He is double majoring in theatre and mathematics. Some notable roles that you might recognize him from are Vito Deleoni (Building Madness), Jonas Fogg (Sweeney Todd), and Rudyard (The Valentine Fairy). Nick is also the Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega this year, the theatre honor fraternity on campus. He hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Jacob Laitinen (Edgar, Santeis a junior at Northern Michigan University with a major in theatre and a minor in music. Notable performances at NMU include: Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Porter in Disney's Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, The Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Monsieur Thenardier in Les Miserables. Jacob wants to thank his friends and family for coming to the show, and hopes everyone enjoys this fantastic production!

Brady Skewis (Roderick Usher, Soldier, Policeman #2is a post-baccalaureate student at NMU. He has been onstage at the Forest Roberts Theatre a number of times, in roles such as Ancestor/Male Understudy in The Addams Family, Selsdon Mowbry in Noises Off!, and The Great Mage Steve in She Kills Monsters. Besides being a starving artist, Brady has no solid plans for his future, so he’s sure you’ll catch him in a few productions and basement punk shows in 2019.

Lilith Kontos (Lenore, Madeline Usher, Old Manis a senior at NMU majoring in English and minoring in theatre and entertainment arts. Recent acting credits include Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Narrator/Juliet/Ophelia), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Grease (Jan), The Addams Family (Grandma Addams), Where a Certain Future (Deborah Abramson), and Into the Woods (Lucinda). Lilith is also currently the manager of the FRT Box Office.

Sophie Sam (The Raven, Judge, Policeman #1is a freshman theatre and entertainment arts major and dance minor. Though she most recently performed in the ensemble of the FRT production of Sweeney Todd (2018), she also performed in the Mr. Black Presents production of Sweeney Todd earlier the same year as The Beadle. She spent years performing with Dickinson County Community Theatre including two productions of Dracula as Renfield (2014, 2017) and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Linus van Pelt (2015). She also performed with Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival at their 2018 toga party fundraiser. Also a director, she co-directed Annie (2017) and directed RENT (2018) with DCCT, and most recently directed Anatomy of a Murder (2018) at the Vista Theatre. She is featured in the web series Northbound as The Kid.

Creative Team Bios

Nathan Morgan (Directoris a recent graduate of NMU currently pursuing his teaching license. Notable roles include Angelo in A Comedy of Errors (FRT), Fakir in The Secret Garden (FRT), Ancestor in The Addams Family (FRT), Narrator 2 in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and most recently Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. He would like to thank everyone who has been a part of his theatre career in Marquette, and the FRT for being a strong contributor to his artistic development over the years.