ROCKLAND — “Edgar Allan,” a two-person dark musical-comedy adapted from the short story “William Wilson” by Edgar Allan Poe, will be performed by the Coldharts (Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan) Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. As part of the Strand’s New Century Series, the show will take place at the Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln St.

The story follows 11-year-old Edgar Allan in his first year at Manor House School, as he seeks to gain academic ascendancy over the student body. All goes to plan until another boy named Edgar Allan arrives in class… complicating his schemes of dominance.

“Edgar Allan” premiered at the 2013 Twin Cities Horror Festival in Minneapolis, Minn., and has been performed more than 100 times and toured festivals across the United States and Canada. The show is a six time “Best of the Fest” winner, receiving awards in London, Orlando, Ithaca, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and Edmonton.

Nick Ryan and Katie Hartman are theatre artists based in Brooklyn, New York. They create minimalist musicals inspired by the American Gothic. Their work has been presented Off-Broadway and across the United States and Canada.

The Strand Theatre’s New Century Series explores new works, new artists, and new spaces, bringing live theatre, dance and innovative cinema works to the Midcoast. The series pushes the boundaries of what’s been on offer at the theater before, both in content and presentation format.

Tickets are $20/general admission and available at, by calling 207-594-0070, or at the door at the Lincoln Street Center. Masks are required for COVID safety. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main St.