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“All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream!”


Silver Stage Players and DLC present Poe & Pints. Poe & Pints will return this Fall to haunt us with tantalizing tales of the macabre. The combination of Edgar Allan Poe and other writer's works combined with a curated beer selection makes this the "must see" event of the year and an unique experience for the community of Elko. The Elko Daily Free Press Readers’ Choice multiple Bronze award winner for “Best Annual Event” Poe & Pints is an evening of theater that should not be missed! The project was first conceived in 2014 by Frank Sawyer and further developed with the help of Jennifer Anderson, John Wright, Erika Patrick, and Derek Burwell. Continuing Frank’s work, Derek Burwell directs for the third year. It’s just not October without what the Elko Daily Free Press called, “an evening of refreshingly original entertainment." We look forward to having you as our guest!


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Learn more about our cast & crew

Emily Anderson 2016 graphic.Derek Burwell

Derek Burwell has had the pleasure of working with various community theater projects for the last 20 years. Highlighted roles have been “Mercutio” in Romeo and Juliet, “Leslie” in Love, Sex, and the IRS, “Puck” in Bard in the Yard, “Agador” in The Birdcage, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show as “Frankenfurter”. Derek has been on the creative ground-floor of several local projects including Bard in the Yard, and Poe & Pints, and has been privileged to work with such organizations as Silver Stage Players, the GBC Theatre, and Ghost Light Productions. He appreciates theater for the opportunity to examine this great experiment of life from different angles, and best of all gets to share what he finds with others. When not enjoying a romp through the lands of make believe, Derek tortures dirt for a living at a local mine. He is deeply grateful for the cast and patrons’ continued belief in the Poe & Pints Project, and for the trust Frank Sawyer has shown by giving him care of the tremendous investment of work, talent, and vision that Frank has poured into the project over the last seven years. Derek returns to the Directing role for a second year for Poe & Pints 2022.

Josh Webster

Resident Dramaturge Josh Webster is a playwright, fiction writer and professor currently living in Pahrump, NV. His work has appeared in long and short form on various stages and he is a 2022 recipient of a Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts. He received an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Wayne State University and a PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing from The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. After serving as a lecturer at North Dakota State University in Fargo, he has since worked as an English Professor at Great Basin College in first Elko and then Pahrump where he teaches composition, creative writing, literature and film courses.

Nick Heguy

Nick is an Elko native and started working at the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery and Gallery Bar over 5 years ago, after earning his Bachelor Degree at the University of Montana in Education, Film, and Arabic. He has an intense interest and is very knowledgeable in the beer industry and the various brewing processes. Mr. Heguy is currently studying for the certification of Cicerone, the highest rated award for education in brewing, beer varieties, pairing, and tasting. Nick has also fine-tuned his skills as a creative and talented mixologist. Nick shares his diverse knowledge and quick wit easily, while maintaining his down to earth personality. This is Mr. Heguy’s sixth time serving as Poe & Pints craft-beer expert having joined Cicerone Ms. Dani Morris for Poe & Pints 2016.

Jaques Errecart

Producer, Owner at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.

Wendy Lloyd

Wendy Lloyd made her local stage debut in Great Basin College’s musical production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Since then, she has appeared in such shows as The Seagull, The Odd Couple, Poe & Pints, Romeo and Juliet, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Bard in the Yard among others. Mrs. Lloyd made her directorial debut in the early 2000’s at the helm of The Vagina Monlogues and later directed The Laramie Project. She has acted, directed or has been a technician with groups including the Silver Stage Players, Ghost Light Productions, and the GBC Theatre program. Wendy brings years of make-up design to Poe & Pints 2022!

Joan Anderson

Producer, Owner at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.

Hilary Griffin

Hilary Griffin is recently back in her home town of Spring Creek after 9 years of adventures in Chicago. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with the Silver Stage Players after a two year hiatus where she traded in her acting scripts for baby books and nursery songs playing the role of mama to Miss Ruby Jean. Before tackling parenthood, Hilary and her husband Taylor, lived in Chicago where she was able to study and perform improv and sketch comedy on the stages of The Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, Stage 773, and The Annoyance Theatre. Her sketch group “Fake Quotes” performed in several sketch comedy showcases including The Comedy Central Showcase in 2018. She had the privilege to work with community theatre companies in Chicago where she played one of her favorite roles of Baba Yaga in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. She would like to thank her family and friends for all the support and babysitting during the rehearsal process, her husband Taylor who has been out fighting fires all summer, the Silver Stage Players for welcoming her into the Elko theatre community, and the DLC for hosting this awesome event. Have fun, enjoy the show, and tip your bartenders! Cheers!

Jennifer Anderson

Producer, Manager at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.

Caleb Tapia

Caleb Tapia has been an active member of the theatre community since 2011 with the first installment of Bard in the Yard and hasn’t been able to get enough. He’s been in numerous performances including Poe & Pints, each Bard in the Yard, and so much more. Caleb has been an active Board member for Ghost Light Productions since December 2015 as their Educational Outreach director. He teaches children’s theatre, hosts theatre workshops, and even recently assistant directed As You Like It this last summer. Caleb was most also seen in Ghost Light Productions' spring production of Psycho Beach Party.

Frank L. Sawyer

Local director, actor, and community volunteer Frank L. Sawyer has directed such shows as Poe & Pints (3-times recognized in the Elko Daily Free Press' Readers' Choice Awards in the 'Best Annual Event' category), Incredible Stories, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery (2010, 2014), War of the Worlds, Talk Radio, Bringing It All Back Home, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, I Do! I Do!, Much Ado About Nothing, and Lysistrata, among others. Frank has appeared on stage in The Trial, Antigone, Damn Yankees, The Music Man, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Bard in the Yard II, Escape from Tonopah, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Tom Sawyer’s Saturday with the Ruby Mountain Symphony, The Reluctant Doctor, The Trial of Ebeneezer Scrooge, Poe & Pints, The Vagina Monologues, and Glengarry Glen Ross among others. He most recently directed SSP's performance of Last of the Red Hot Lovers this past summer.

Betty Nield

Ms. Nield has volunteered for many local theater productions over the years. Betty serves as one of our Properties Manager. Recently She served on our Properties Crew for SSP's performance of Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

Kim Otheim

Ms. Otheim serves as one of our backstage technicians for Poe & Pints. Most recently she served as Properties Manager, Costume and Wig Assistant for SSP's performance of Last of the Red Hot Lovers. You may have seen her as one of the performers for Elko’s annual Ghost Tour.

Erika Patrick

Erika grew up in Henderson, Nevada and moved to Elko in 1998. After enrolling at GBC, she made her stage debut in the 1998 theater department production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other GBC productions include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Twelfth Night, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, and Urinetown. In 2004, she joined SSP in the production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Erika’s other credits include Lysistrata, Bringing it All Back Home, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You, Bard in the Yard, Poe & Pints, and The Pirates of Penzance and most recently this summer’s SSP production Last of the Red Hot Lovers which husband Frank L. Sawyer directed. Ms. Patrick has directed shows including The Odd Couple, and The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery. Erika is a past SSP Chairman and longtime Elko volunteer.

Dusty Barker

Dustin Barker is so vain he actually consulted a nutritionist before this. Can you say insecure? On top of that he’s unemployed, lives with his parents, hates kids and pets, and watched Deadpool 26 times within 3 days of buying it. And probably has a slight drinking problem.

Josh Rogers

Josh is a newcomer to SSP and the Elko theater scene. Throughout middle and high school, he acted in a number of productions, including Into The Woods and My Fair Lady. His involvement in theater then lapsed. His wife began working on productions in Elko while he was pursuing studies at UNR. Watching his wife’s shows, he found that he missed acting, so after graduating Josh joined SSP and tried out for Poe & Pints last year and made his SSP acting debut.

Sara Walls

After a long absence, Sara rejoined the theater community in 2019, when she appeared in Poe and Pints. Since then, she has acted in several live and online one acts. Sara was previously active in extracurricular and community theater in Lovelock, Santa Cruz and Reno, and looks forward to deepening her involvement in Elko by serving on the Silver Stage Players Board of Directors.

Katie Wiebe

Katie Wiebe has been slowly getting involved in the theatre community since The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 2017. Though she does not have a lot of experience with theatre, she loves the adrenaline and community involvement she gets through acting and plans to continue to do so. With much support from family and friends she has been focused on getting more involved with local theatre. Katie was last seen in SSP’s Bard in the Yard 5 and Poe & Pints.

Kelsey Rogers

Kelsey has spent many years supporting the arts in Elko. She has played in the orchestra for shows such as Camelot and White Christmas, provided costuming for shows such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and many others, and can sometimes be found singing (poorly) in the ensembles for musicals. She can also occasionally be found on stage in productions such as Poe & Pints, She Kills Monsters, and Bard in the Yard, Incredible Stories. She looks forward to continuing to support the arts in Elko with her new role as Treasurer with SSP.

Albert Harmer

Albert has been a part of the theatre community for just about a year now. He has performed in the Elko Theatre Coalition’s One Act Festival, As You Like It, Silver Stage Players’ Bard in the Yard 4, and Ghost Light Productions’ The Birdcage. As a member of GLP he has also participated in their improv activities downtown during the monthly wine-walks. Albert was most recently seen performing in SSP's First Impressions this past summer. Albert makes his return to Poe & Pints this year!

Don Jones

Donald has been in the Elko area since 1995. His first show was in 1998, playing Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with SSP. In 2005, Donald played Conrade and created the set for Much Ado About Nothing. He has been involved, as an actor or technician, in almost all of the SSP shows since then. Among others, stage manager for the children’s theatre production of Land of the Dragon, played the Priest in The Man of La Mancha, technical director in Ghost Light Productions' Poe & Pints, set design for Glengarry Glen Ross, and participating in Bard in the Yard. Mr. Jones has directed such shows as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Princess and the Enchanted Swans, and The Pirates of Penzance. Don shared his talents to tackle the roles of Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and Mustardseed from A Midsummer Night's Dream in Silver Stage Players' 2021 hit, Bard in the Yard.

For Information and All the Dish

For more information on how to attend Poe & Pints or how to become a sponsor, call Director Derek Burwell at (775) 397-3256 or by e-mail at kroythecs@yahoo.com or information@poeandpints.org. More information can be found at www.poeandpints.org or www.silverstage.org.

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“Quoth the Raven...Nevermore!”


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