Full Length Play
Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller, Period
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play -
A small interrogation room.
The Usher Mansion, a rapidly deteriorating Boston-area estate built in the late 1700's.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
An exciting new adaptation of the classic Poe tale, re-invented as a detective thriller, and set in 1930's Boston. James Brookfield, an up-and-coming writer of potboilers from New York City, is invited to the Boston home of his childhood friend, Roderick Usher, to, as his host suggests, "chronicle the evolution" of the House of Usher. What begins for Brookfield as a pleasant distraction from the busy hubbub of New York literary circles turns into a malestrom of horror when he slowly discovers Usher's secret intent, and realizes that the life of Usher's sister, Madeline, as well as Brookfield's own life, are in terrible danger. Told as a series of lightning-paced flashbacks as tough-as-nails police detective Michael Shaughnessy questions Brookfield about what actually happened to cause the fire that destroyed the House of Usher, the play moves relentlessly to its terrifying, stunning conclusion.
"...engrossing and entertaining...holds one’s interest throughout as it moves relentlessly with a series of twists...to a terrifying conclusion." - Sydeny Arts Guide, Read More
"Even if you are familiar with the original story, there are enough plot twists and seamless alterations on the original to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. The ending has been completely re-worked with a conclusion that is so disturbing I can’t believe Poe didn’t think of it himself." - Arts on the Au, Read More
"Jack Neary has cleverly transposed [The Fall of the House of Usher] into a macabre thriller that works disturbingly well." - Stage Whispers, Read More
Check out these photos from Pavilion Theatre's production of The Fall of the House of Usher in September 2015.