The Fall of the House of Usher (Neary)

by  Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Neary

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 3f

An exciting adaptation of the classic Poe tale, re-invented as a detective thriller and set in 1930s Boston. 

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The Fall of the House of Usher (Neary)

by  Edgar Allan Poe Jack Neary

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An exciting adaptation of the classic Poe tale, re-invented as a detective thriller and set in 1930s 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’s literary circles turns into a maelstrom 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.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"[...] engrossing and entertaining [...] holds one’s interest throughout as it moves relentlessly with a series of twists [...] to a terrifying conclusion." - Sydney 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 

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting:

    A small interrogation room.
    The Usher Mansion, a rapidly deteriorating Boston-area estate built in the late 1700's.


  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 3f
SHAUGHNESSY
JAMES
MADELINE
RODERICK
FIONA
DOCTOR TREMBLAY
CLAIRE
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Authors

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Jack Neary

Jack Neary's plays have been produced all over the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He is the author of Samuel French plays First Night and Sandbag, Stage Left (as John Anthony), as well as adaptations of The Fall of the House of Usher, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and The Little Match Girl. His Jerry Finne ...

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