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Twisted Tales of Poe

Twisted Tales of Poe

By Philip Grecian. From the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Product Code: TU6000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 7 to 9m., 4 to 5w.

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$39.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock


Four stories from Edgar Allan Poe are told in the form of a staged radio drama, complete with sound effects and music. The prisoners of Leverett Street Jail, Death Warrant Division, await their fates as three of the doomed souls tell their stories, and we enter the mind of a fourth. The Caretaker insists that, although she has murdered the old man she was caring for, chopped him up and buried him under the floor, she is not mad. In fact, she says, she loved the old man. We segue into the night the deed was done and witness the murder and the concealment of the old man's body. It is his unnerving, staring eye she seeks to murder, but it is his Tell Tale Heart that eventually leads to the discovery of her crime. Montresor tells of luring Fortunato away from carnival and into the wine cellar with the promise of sampling from a Cask of Amontillado. He proffers the notion that by walling Fortunato up to die, he has done a service to humanity, thereby amputating "a diseased portion from the body human." In the third tale, we enter the mind of the catatonic Poet, who has witnessed the death of his lover or has, perhaps, been responsible for it. After the memorial service, the Poet is visited by guilt … and The Raven. Finally, Bedloe, who has buried an axe in his wife's skull and hidden her in the cellar, is brought to justice by The Black Cat. Twisted Tales of Poe is a staged radio drama with the actors reading from scripts at three floor microphones downstage while all sound effects and music are performed live. Originally produced by public television station KTWU in Kansas, Twisted Tales of Poe has aired throughout North America.


Some of the advantages to producing radio plays:

One Simple Set—A radio station—made up mostly of drapes, a control booth (if desired), mikes, and sound effects equipment.

Less Wardrobe—no changes of wardrobe are necessary.

Less Staging—actors simply stand at mikes most of the time.

Less Rehearsal—actors don't memorize lines—they just read them.

Fewer Cast Members—one actor plays many parts.

No Props—only scripts.

This title is in manuscript format. Upon licensing, a permission to photocopy form will be issued.


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code TU6000
  • Cast Size 11
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $39.95
  • Approx. Run Time 80 min


  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583429815
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Lafayette College Easton Pennsylvania 10/25/2019 10/27/2019
Shawnee Mission North High Overland Park Kansas 11/14/2019 11/16/2019
Williamsburg Regional Library Williamsburg Virginia 10/24/2019 10/24/2019
Westside Middle School Omaha Nebraska 10/24/2019 10/25/2019
RCSHS Performing Arts Center Morehead Kentucky 9/28/2019 11/2/2019