The cast and creative team behind Shipwrecked Comedy’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party took to the GeekyCon Mainstage Sunday for a panel and a sneak peek at the premiere episode.
Panelists Sean Persaud (writer, producer, Edgar Allan Poe), Sinead Persaud (writer, producer, Lenore), Mary Kate Wiles (producer, Annabel Lee), Ashley Clements (Charlotte Brontë), and Curt Mega (Guy De Vere) discussed the origins of the idea, the last day of filming, and everything in between.
Let’s take another look at the trailer to help set the stage:
As for how the dinner party came about, Shipwrecked Comedy, the team behind A Tell-Tale Vlog, wanted to explore the idea of Poe interacting with other authors in their largest undertaking yet. A crucial piece of the writing process was selecting which authors would have seats at the dinner table. The decisions fell into two primary categories: authors with big, distinct personalities to foil Poe such as Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, and the authors they thought Poe might have chosen to hang out with due to a certain similar temperament such as Mary Shelley and Agatha Christie.
The Kickstarter process proved to be nerve-racking but ultimately lots of fun. Character and cast information was released as the pledges came in even faster than the team had hoped and soon enough locations were chosen, costuming has begun, and a rigorous but efficient production schedule was in place. As revealed during the Kickstarter campaign, the series also features many more familiar faces, including Joey Richter (Ernest Hemingway), Lauren Lopez (George Eliot), Parks and Recreation‘s Jim O’Heir (Constable Jim), and many more.
GeekyCon attendees were treated to an early premiere of (most of) the first episode. We won’t spoil anything, but we will say that it was a great introduction to the series that definitely had us wanting more. As we mentioned earlier, the panelists talked about how the character introductions in the first episode were the last shots taken on the last day and that they were a perfect send-off for everyone involved.
The panelists (including Ashley Clements, who had yet to see the final cut of the episode) joined fans in the audience to watch. At a crucial moment, “To be continued…” flashed on the screen and there was plenty of groaning that we’d have to wait to find out what happens next.
It made us all the more excited for the full first episode of Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party to debut on August 22.