Poe Arts Festival


Iron Age Theatre

Founded nearly thirty years ago by John Doyle and Randall Wise, Iron Age Theatre is a deeply collaborative company that first made a splash on the Philadelphia scene with its 1994 production of Tunnel, about the infamous breakout of several convicts from Eastern State Penitentiary during World War II. Revived to great acclaim the following year, these productions helped to inaugurate the opening of the penitentiary as an historic site and launched Iron Age on its decades long commitment to using theatre to explore our regional cultural patrimony. 



The amazing performances by: Iron Age Theatre Actors

Steve Hatzai

Iron Age Actor

Steve Hatzai (The Black Cat) has appeared in a number of Iron Age productions, including The Boys in Autumn, Shakesploitation, and Curse of the Starving Class.
A playwright as well as an educator, Steve also penned Waiting for the Ship from Delos, about the last days of Socrates, which was produced by iron Age in 2008.

Anthony Giampetro

Iron Age Actor

Anthony Giampetro (Judge) has been an Iron Age company member since 1995. Appearing most recently as Captain Ahab in Orson Welles’ Moby Dick Rehearsed, Anthony has also appeared in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Of Mice and Men, Simpatico and The Lonesome West, to name only a few.

Chuck Beishi 

Iron Age Actors

Chuck Beishl (Devil Bug) starred as fullback Tony Latone in Iron Age’s acclaimed world-premiere 1920s football drama, Maroons: the Anthracite Gridiron. He appeared most recently in Buried Child, and has also been seen in Fathers and Sons, Waiting for Godot, and The Rear Column. 

Ray Saraceni

Iron Age Actor

Ray Saraceni (Phrenologist / Doctor) has ben an Iron Age company member since 1995. He has appeared in many productions, including Speed of Darkness, Terra Nova, and Rear Column, to name a few. A playwright as well as a scholar, Ray has penned several original dramas produced by Iron Age, as well as an adaptation of George Lippard’s 1845 novel, The Quaker City.   


Helen McKenna 


Helen McKenna has been performing as Poe for 17 years. She first memorized "The Raven" in high school and has been "Poe-sessed" ever since. 
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