Performing Arts Center Presents Joshua Kane’s Gothic at Midnight

Published on Oct. 23, 2012

By. Casey So Hyeun Cho

Halloween starts a week early at UAlbany. Joshua Kane, an international actor, will spice up the spirit as he performs Gothic at Midnight on Oct. 24.

The audience should expect that Gothic at Midnight to be an evening of American family values that happen to be murder, madness, revenge and despair. In Gothic at Midnight, an old man will be murdered, bargains will  be made with the Devil, and of course, there will be rats, according to Kane.

Kane, a classically trained actor with a passion for dark literature and a loathing of smoky rooms, will blow the dust off the classics from various authors such as Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce in Gothic at Midnight.

“I have always been fascinated by why it is that we are so drawn to the dark side, why we seek out that which we fear as entertainment,” said Kane. “I think that we all have a chest of drawers at home with things in them that we’d be mortified for our friends to discover.”

According to Kane, he is not the only actor on the stage. His acting partner is the audience. Depends on the audiences’ participation and their reactions, the performance experience will differ. In between performing the stories as solo theater vignettes, Kane banters with the audience in the style of an old vaudevillian.

“I enjoy the opportunity that the stage allows to experience powerful moments and share them with the audience,” said Kane.

Kane’s career expands from a voice over actor to the president of the production company that exclusively features him.

As a voice over actor his work has ranged from Dungeon master Throngus and Transformers Kre-O to the voice of Robert Louis Stevenson for WNYC Public Radio’s Radio Lab and the opening voice of God for the soon- to- be- released feature film, “By The Soles of Our Feet.”

Kane has performed at World Horror Con where he was introduced by the legendary author Neil Gaiman as “a man whose voice is an instrument of delightful terror.”

He performed in front of 2,500 people at Dragon Con in Atlanta where the audience was able to recite the majority of Poe’s epic poem the Raven with him.

“Being a producer allows me to cast myself in the roles I most desire, being my own agent lets me choose where I travel to perform,” said Kane. “Pat Ferlo, [the director of the Performing Arts Center,] has been working to get me up to SUNY Albany for almost a decade and I am so delighted to finally be able to make it happen.”

Students, faculty and Albany community members wish to experience this year’s Halloween a week ahead may join Kane at Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.