On the eve of his mysterious end Edgar Allan Poe, desperate and destitute, has agreed to read from his poems and tales of mystery. This is the Poe you know. As he performs Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado and The Fall of the House of Usher, characters from these works appear and confront him. This is the Poe you don't know. Are they figments of Poe's delusional mind seeking revenge or are they real? Entertaining and educational, Poe will perform again...nevermore!

Information about Edgar Allan Poe

Poe Live!

Frank Marquette as Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Wallace Middle School, Vineland, New Jersey, March 25, 2022.

A critically acclaimed performance available to schools and colleges, theaters and libraries.

Poe returns to West Point Academy to entertain the Alumni Association, May 2016

Frank Marquette as Edgar Allan Poe

“The 2022 Windham Heritage Music Gathering was honored to feature “POE LIVE” on Friday evening August 5th. Frank Marquette’s portrayal of the “Master of the Macabre” did not disappoint the audience. Attendees traveled from Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to be entertained with Poe’s tales of mystery and madness. Thank you Frank for making Edgar Allen Poe come alive on the Windham stage. Your made the evening memorable, uplifting and dramatic. You were a pleasure to work with.” – John C. Quinn, Event Coordinator.

Poe visiting his gravesite in Baltimore, Maryland



POE LIVE! is currently being produced as a one-man show. The running time is flexible, with performances ranging from 50 - 80 minutes depending on the venue and what is required. The set consists of a desk and one chair. A dramatic spotlight on center stage is suggested. Theatre on the Road will supply all other props: books, water pitcher, quill pen and writing materials, papers and a raven.


For availability, scheduling and additional information call 845-475-7973 or email theatreontheroad@gmail.com

"Edgar Allan Poe's return to West Point Military Academy after a 185 year absence was a spectacular event. Frank Marquette brought Poe to life and our alumni association and special guests were treated to an afternoon that was uplifting, dramatic and witty. We didn't expect so much audience interaction and a high level of fine acting." - Nicole Vitale, Special Events Director, West Point Military Academy, West Point, New York

"Our students were given a rare treat, a visit by America's most celebrated man of letters, Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Marquette and company kept our senior classes rapt for a full hour and it was time well spent." - Frederique Frankel, Putnam Valley High School, Putnam, New York

"I had the pleasure of experiencing Frank Marquette's presentation of Edgar Allan Poe at the Rosendale Theater. I want to thank you for an enjoyable afternoon. What a great performance." - Ed Morris, Rondout Valley High School

"I want to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of Columbia-Greene Community College for such a fine performance of  Poe’s Last Mystery. What a wonderful show! And as House Manager and Director of our Concert/Lecture Series I must honestly say that it was a pleasure working with you and your wonderful cast. Everyone was so professional and courteous. For such a scaled back production from the technical side to the props- the effects were still phenomenal and so was the acting! Overall it was a great experience for our students, faculty, staff and the general public."- Guy Apicella, Arts Center Theater, Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson, NY

Poe's Last Mystery is not only entertaining but educational as well. This exciting experience is very suitable for any school." - Randy Benson, The Lodge, Wingdale, NY

"Thanks so much for all the research, creativity and theatricality you put into Poe's Last Mystery. We've had very positive response." - Jewel Ratzlaff, Director, Poughkeepsie Library District

"Frank Marquette's Poe show is like a refreshing drink of poetic justice, with a theatrical flare, topped of with fine character actors." - Roseann Sureda, Boiceville, NY

"I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I felt like I was a little kid, listening to a story except this one had a visual component. The acting was excellent and the whole concept was brilliant and very original." - Felicia Raphael, Accord, NY

​"Eighth-grade Wallace Wildcats were treated to a visit from Edgar Allan Poe on Wednesday morning, thanks to a one-man show by Frank Marquette's Theatre on the Road company. Eighth graders begin their school year by learning about gothic literature, which includes many of Poe's works like "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", "Annabel Lee," and many others. Details about Poe's life were sprinkled in between dramatic readings of several works read aloud to them by "Poe" himself during the assembly."

-Tanya Kidd, Thomas Wallace Middle School, Vineland, New Jersey