Masque of the Red Coronavirus

Black Button Eyes Productions has created a free online experience called Masque of the Red Coronavirus, a short script interspersed with curated videos of actors performing portions of the script from remote locations. Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford has been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's work for some time (BBEP produced the 2018 Chicago premiere of the Poe bio-musical Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe). The Poe story “The Masque of the Red Death” along with a few contemporary articles about how the wealthy are reacting to the current epidemic, inspired Rutherford to create a script combining the two in a short, angry satirical piece called Masque of the Red Coronavirus. 

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