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Matthew Payne as V. and Alexander Scally as Auguste. Since we did not start with a written script, the majority of our spoken dialogue came from Poe's text, which in their original form were not meant to be theatrical dialogue. Our actors were challenged to find the physical life of the often dense text, and how to show narrative clues to the audience through physical dialogue while allowing the text to inform the audience in different ways. The "Chess Match" as this came to be called, was created from Poe's opening passages in "Murders in the Rue Morgue."