Weird Tales with Bill Oberst Jr

by Rob Caprilozzi

“Bill Oberst Jr., whose performance in Facebook’s ‘Take This Lollipop’ was awarded a 2012 Daytime Emmy, will debut the new touring stage show ‘Bill Oberst Jr.’s Weird Tales’ in his hometown of Georgetown, SC.

‘Bill Oberst Jr.’s Weird Tales’ will feature Oberst performing short stories from Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and the man he says is his favorite writer of all, the late Ray Bradbury. Oberst performed Bradbury’s short story ‘Pillar Of Fire’ in the author’s hometown of Waukegan, IL on Halloween weekend this year as a part of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival The actor says not all of these stories he’ll choose for ‘Bill Oberst Jr.’s Weird Tales’ are scary, but all are “wonderfully strange.”

Oberst, who has toured to hundreds of schools for the NEA, says he hopes to inspire a new generation of young readers to embrace the authors he has included in the show. “I’m doing Poe, Lovecraft and Bradbury in their own words, using the exact texts that they wrote. That’s important to me. I fell in love with language at an early age. I’d be so happy if one young person was taken enough with hearing these words to read more of these authors, or if one adult was inspired to go back and re-read them. That would be enough for me.”

Reserved-seat tickets for the premiere performances of ‘Bill Oberst Jr.’s Weird Tales’ are $15.00 and are available by reservation from the Strand Theater box office at 710 Front Street in Georgetown, SC by calling 843-527-2924. There will be two performances only, both on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 4pm and 7pm.

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