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Candidate Yinka Faleti | Gaming & The Pandemic | 'Electric Poe'

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Jeff Church
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The Coterie
The holding vault at the entrance to Union Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri, is the location for The Coterie's sunset performances of "Electric Poe."

Meet the Democrat running for Missouri secretary of state, learn what video games mean to players stuck at home, and one Kansas City theater kicks off the Halloween season in a socially distanced way.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:33: Yinka Faleti says he knows "what it will take to lift up the entire state, not just the special interest, not just the powerful and rich."

Some might consider Faleti's story a classic immigrant’s American dream. He knew poverty in his family’s early years in the country, but made his way to West Point and law school, became a prosecutor, entered the nonprofit sector, and is now running as the Democratic candidate for Missouri Secretary of State.

  • Yinka Faleti, Democratic candidate for Missouri secretary of state

Segment 2, beginning at 22:14: What's behind the video game industry's record-breaking year.

The coronavirus lockdowns and social distancing restrictions may well be behind the gaming industry's $10 billion in first quarter sales. Today, players explain what having other worlds to experience means in the midst of the pandemic.

Segment 3, beginning at 42:44: The Coterie is taking the works of Edgar Allen Poe to Union Cemetery for a twilight experience.

The latest offering from The Coterie has actor R. H. Wilhhoit performing nightly , with music by Kansas City's Rex Hobart. Attendees get a plot for four guests to enjoy Poe's "The Premature Burial" and "The Masque of the Red Death" among gravestones in Kansas City's oldest public cemetery.

  • Jeff Church, producing artistic director for The Coterie

Performances of "Electric Poe" begin at sunset each evening through Oct. 31 at Union Cemetery, 227 E. 28th Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Details and ticketing information are available at TheCoterie.org.

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