The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to present Joshua Kane in “Gothic at Midnight”on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:30pm. Drawing from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Ambrose Bierce and others, Kane blends the power and dramatic sweep of solo theatre with the ancient art of storytelling and the suspense of old fashioned gothic horror. Inspired by the old-time radio dramas of Orson Welles and Vincent Price, he populates the stage with unforgettable characters in this solo theatrical performance filled with tales of revenge, madness and despair. 

At the 1998 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, “Gothic at Midnight” was a smash critical and popular success. Kane has also performed this show to great acclaim at the World Horror Convention and Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA. Peter Straub, best-selling author of Ghost Story, had this to say about Kane’s performance, “Savvy, witty and spell-binding Joshua Kane’s performances put both his remarkable voice and deep understanding of horror literature at the service of wondrous and expansive entertainment… he brings life, intelligence, sensitivity and humor to everything he touches.”

A classically trained actor, Kane has studied with Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, the National Shakespeare Conservatory and Marcel Marceau. A member of Actors Equity Association, he has toured internationally with a series of one-man shows and played limited runs at off-Broadway’s historic Lambs Theatre and the Neighborhood Playhouse. His original solo works include the adaptation of the H.G. Wells’ immortal classic, The Time Machine, and A Force of Nature: or How I survived My Jewish American Family for the 92nd Street Y’s Oral Tradition Series. Kane has created and performed works for major museums, arts centers and festivals including the Smithsonian Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Peabody Museum at Yale, the Ridgefield Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich CT and a community outreach program for the Crown Heights History Project at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum sponsored by the New York Times Foundation.

Kane’s vocal skills have been used to great effect as the narrator of Saint Saens “Carnival of the Animals” and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” He has a lively career as a voice over artist with commercial spots ranging from the Vienna Boys’ Choir to Nickleodeon’s Jimmy Neutron video game and the much-talked about 2007 Sony Playstation 3 release, “The Darkness;” from Comcast’s “Voice of God” to a headmaster Akahito for the demo of Gene Roddenberry’s feature-length animated film Starpoint Academy. Kane also played the lead role of Robert Louis Stevenson in Little People, a radio production conceived and directed by Jad Abumrad for New York Public Radio’s Radio Lab, which has enjoyed frequent rebroadcasts since its debut.

Tickets for “Gothic at Midnight” are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff and $10 for students.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

Kane will also perform a program specifically for high school groups on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10am. Entitled Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tales of Terror,” the show includes dramatic readings of The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven and Annabel Lee punctuated with lively anecdotes about the author and his swift descent into madness.  The show is currently sold out.  Information on the matinee is available by calling the Performing Arts Center office at (518) 442-5738.