Edgar Allan Poe’s life works are hauntingly dramatized in this play. The story is cleverly told through a series of dramatizations of the master’s works: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Premature Burial, and The Poetic Principle. These stories are threaded together with the events of Poe’s life as he deliriously remembers them on an anonymous deathbed in a Baltimore hospital. McElvain fully recreates each story on stage, often making use of special stage effects, bringing those haunting images of Poe’s work into the theatrical world. The script can be easily broken into the individual stories. Perfect for one-act competitions.
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