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A Dream Within a Dream: Madness

September 5, 2016 - October 31, 2016

On view in Sites 2 & 3

The stage is set for the theatrical production of A Dream Within a Dream in Sites 2 & 3 (hallway by the elevators on the 2nd and 3rd floors).

Site 2 is imagined to be the poems The Raven and Dream Within a Dream. The curved wall has a variety of clocks and vintage mirrors along with works by TFAA artists Guy Jones and Greenway.

Site 3 is based on the short story Eleonora and has eight large floral paintings by Niki Pickett (338).

About the Play

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association commissioned Through the 4th Wall for a site-specific, interactive theatrical production.

A Dream Within a Dream: Madness is a surreal interpretation of the life, works, and mad genius of Edgar Allan Poe. The year is 1849 and since the death of his wife, Virginia, Poe has become increasingly unhinged. He’s been all over the city, seemingly disoriented, possibly inebriated, reciting passages from his darkest of works—and always searching for his beloved. The audience becomes part of the story, interacting with characters and traveling with Poe between waking and dreaming, sanity and madness.

Tickets are on sale now. Find more information at or follow the production via #PoeFactory.

Questions and comments should be directed to: or (703) 980-2948.


September 5, 2016
October 31, 2016
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Sites 2 & 3

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