Actors performing in "Evenings With Edgar Allen Poe" said their made-for-Halloween narrative shares similar storylines to those playing out on the political stage.
"At the end of the night, the curtain goes up and all of the scary things that we showed you aren't real," actor Christina Sevilla said of The Picnic Theatre Company's production, "but things that happen in the real world can be a lot scarier than that."
And, as usual in Washington, real life concerns tend to center around public policy issues.
"Poe can actually be very political," added Sevilla's co-star Michael Clements. "The bleeding heart and chopping of things ... it's all very relevant. There's a lot of head-chopping going on in Washington these days!"