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Classic American Tales presents POE BY CANDLELIGHT

In 2015, Gayle Stahlhuth created “Poe by Candlelight” for East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) when she was the company’s producing artistic director, and is thrilled that this popular yearly Halloween event continues under the banner of her new company Classic American Tales.
The performance is on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 PM at End of the Road Theater, 3845 Bayshore Road in North Cape May.
Although the stories by the master of the macabre have not yet been selected, possibilities include “Berenice,” “The Oval Portrait,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” read by the Equity professional actors who presented last year’s tales, Matt Baxter Luceno and Gayle Stahlhuth.
Other ELTC credits for Matt include “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and two world premieres, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” based on the classic tale, and “A Year in the Trenches” about World War I. His NYC credits include “The Winter’s Tale,” directed by Everett Quinton and “Chemistry of Love” at LaMama.  Regional credits include the two-hander “Dancing Lessons” at ARC Stages in Pleasantville, NY.
While Gayle helmed ELTC for 23 years, she produced over 120 different productions, and directed most of them. She has also performed in Off-Broadway shows, national touring productions, in regional theater and film, and her one-person plays have toured nationally.  In the spring of 2023, she created the nonprofit Classic American Tales (CAT) with the mission of presenting story readings and plays that have stood the test of time, as well as new works that relate to the many facets of what it means to be “American.” The intent is to tell American’s stories one tale at a time. To learn more about CAT, visit

Cost is $20, which includes the performance, plus cider and Halloween candy.  Feel free to bring a stronger beverage and other food choices.  For tickets, visit, e-mail, or phone 609-536-9393.  “Poe by Candlelight” goes to the Lewes Public Library on Sunday, October 29 where there are already 250 reservations.



October 25, 2023


Wed. Oct. 25 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm


The End of the Road Theater


The End of the Road Theater
3845 Bayshore Road North Cape May, NJ

A theater in North Cape May showing films and hosting live performances.



Classic American Tales
Phone: 609-884-5898 or e-mail