Cognac and Roses
A Toast to Edgar Allan Poe
|Conceived and Directed by|
The Raven --- Paul O'Brian
The Lake --- Rune Vaughan
Eldorado --- Jamie Young
A Dream --- video by Tara Holwegner
The Cask of the Amontillado - Paul O'Brien & Ernie Eliason
The Pit and the Pendulum - Jamie Young, Rune Vaughan, Ernie Eliason & Jonathan Quarles
Alone --- video by Tara Holwegner
A Dream Within a Dream --- Rune Vaughan
The Tell-Tale Heart --- Jonathan Quarles
Lines on Ale --- The Cast
Meet the Company
Paul O'BrienPaul O’Brien grew up in Charleston and left to pursue a career in medicine. When he returned, he became a physician at MUSC and was excited to find such a vibrant theatre community. He has performed extensively in Charleston theatre over the past twelve years and has even played an English king on occasion including Henry II in The Lion in Winter and King Arthur in Camelot. Paul most recently played Henry VIII in the Threshold Repertory Theatre / South of Broadway Theatre Company co-production of Wolf Hall. He can also be seen in Threshold's current productions, The Book of Will and Cognac and Roses: A Toast to Edgar Allan Poe. Other favorite roles include George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Vershinin in Three Sisters, Voltaire in Emilie, Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Dr. Sugar in Suddenly, Last Sumer, Dr. Sweet in Bug, Ghost/Player King in Hamlet, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, and Juan Peron in Evita. He currently serves on the board and staff of Threshold Theatre.
Rune VaughanRune Vaughn is a local stage and film actor. Their recent stage credits include Beehive: The 60’s Musical andThe Little Mermaid. They are a member of the SC Vintage Vixens singing group. They are excited to be making their Piccolo Spoleto debut with Cognac and Roses. Rune would like to thank their husband Michael for his constant support, their mom, Mel, for everything, and their kids, Ash and Kes, for always rooting them on. They’d like to dedicate this performance to the memory of their grandfather, Vernon, who loved Poe’s work. “I miss you, Daddy, and I think you’d enjoy this one.”
Jamie YoungJamie Young is a veteran of the United States Air Force who retired here in the Lowcountry after 21 years of service. While he doesn't perform in the downtown area often, he's no stranger to the Threshold stage. Aside from previous productions of Cognac and Roses, Jamie has appeared at Threshold as Baptista Minolo in Taming of the Shrew and as the infamous Colonel Jessup in 5th Wall Productions’ presentation of A Few Good Men. He was most recently seen playing the part of Jacob Jerome in the Flowertown Players production of Brighton Beach Memoirs. His most notable roles include Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Judge Littlefield/Caiphas the Elder in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Ernie EliasonErnie Eliason was born and raised in Charleston. He has been involved with theatre and set design since 2009 where he made his debut role as Detective Rooney in Arsenic and Old Lace at The Flowertown Players. He has played many roles over the last fifteen years, but his passion turned to designing and building sets. Ernie currently works for TEC as a master carpenter. He is a devoted husband, father and his best role yet, as a Grandpa to four amazing grandchildren. He plays the role of Montressor in the Cask of the Amontillado and is in the shadow box of The Pit and the Pendulum.
Direction --- Christine Eliason
Lighting Design --- Robbie Thomas
Poem "Alone" Video --- Tara Holwegner
Set Pieces and Construction --- Ernie Eliason
Sound Design --- Christine Eliason
We extend a special THANK YOU to the following for their support of this production.
Muse Restaurant and Wine Bar
Tara Holwegner for "Alone" video production