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August 10, 11, 14 - 17

7:00 pm

The Off Center

16 W Beverley Street


This magical, puppet and shadow adaptation of Poe's disquieting story of murder and obsession will change the way you look at the detective story. 

Our narrator has invited an eccentric genius into his crumbling Parisian mansion. An impossible murder has been committed, but that's all a game of chess to Dupin.

Join the Off Center to celebrate the opening of Poe's Place, and our new location on Beverley Street.


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Bring the Off Center to your home or business for a bespoke performance of one of our works.

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Huge Gratitude to all who attended the first reading of Dad's Original Tangy BBQ Sauce! 

We had an amazing time getting to know some new friends, and some old ones too. 

Our Next step is to raise the funds to fully stage the play next October. Help us participate in the tidal wave of theatre that's about to soak Staunton with amazing theatre.

Call for Storytellers

Early December TBA

Call for Storyteller


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The OFF Center

The Off Center is a Staunton, Virginia based organization that brings people of every background together to experience curious stories and experiences. We believe in the intrinsic value of gathering and exploring thoughts that we’ve never thought.  We encourage novelty and disruption. Discovery is a basic human need. We seek to fill it.


The work that we create and support is off center, inviting participants to see something askew, possibly something previously unconsidered, maybe something uncommon or even disquieting. An aslant view, we believe, brings us all together as community, welcoming our quirky and genuine selves.

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