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The Telltale Heart

The Telltale Heart

By Luella McMahon. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Product Code: T16000

  • One-act Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 6m. (or 4m., 2w., variable.)

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.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $55/perf

In stock

Synopsis

In comfortless surroundings, a young man plans and commits the "perfect crime." When a detective stops by on a quite different matter, it becomes apparent that the young man has little to fear. The only trouble is, he can't stop the pounding of the dead man's heart. Why can't the detective hear it? As the pounding grows louder and the tension increases, the audience realizes that they are watching the very madness of a murderer.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show One-act Play
  • Product Code T16000
  • Cast Size 6
  • Min. Royalty Rate $55/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 30 min

Categories

  • Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871298195
* 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.

Customer Reviews

"A great psychological show. "
Review by Brian Mattison, Middleton High School, Middleton, Idaho
"It is a great adaptation. The drama is compelling. The opportunity to use non-gender-specific actors in some roles is a nice bonus."
Review by Joe King, North Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind.
"My theatre class chose to do The Telltale Heart because we had an all male cast. Thank you for making adaptable scriptsÑit was a success!"
Review by Liz Dean, Griffin Middle School, Smyrna, Ga.
"A story that tempts the imagination; a "conversation" play. Our audience was silentÑcaptivated to the end."
Review by Susan Kahn, Norwell High School, Ossian, Ind.
"Wonderful classic. Often read in English curricula. Very faithful to the short story!"
Review by Joe King, North Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind.
"Great adaptation and very easily staged."
Review by Scott Spohler, Madison Plains High School, London, Ohio

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"It can be staged with a simple table, chairs, and a door, or you can build out an entire set for it. You will need a very strong lead actor for this show!"
Tip by Brian Mattison, Middleton High School, Middleton, Idaho
"Sound design is crucial for creating horrific ambience."
Tip by Derek James Berthel, Canadian International School of Hefei, Hefei, Anhui , China
""Man" carries a big weight of the play in terms of lines, make sure you cast someone who is reliable and can memorize well."
Tip by Jakeline Dominquez, Rhodes Middle School, San Antonio, Texas

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
North Central High School Indianapolis Indiana 2/15/2023 2/16/2023