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Murder by Poe

Jeffrey Hatcher, adapted from the stories of Edgar Allan Poe
Full Length, Drama
5 men, 4 women (doubling)
Total Cast: 9, Exterior
ISBN-13: 9780822220527


FEE: $100 per performance.
THE STORY: A dark and dreadful night. A woman in white lost within a wood. And the only shelter is a house full of murderers. Mixing funhouse tricks, Grand Guignol and a deadly game of cat and mouse, MURDER BY POE is a theatrical reimagining of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales of terror—"The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “William Wilson,” “The Purloined Letter,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” As each haunted figure tells a story of crime and mayhem, the woman must solve the puzzle of the house and the riddle of the man who ushers her into its mysteries.
“Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher guides us into the House of Poe, a dark space with as many rooms as there are tales. Doors and cabinets open to reveal corpses, weapons and every detail of the crime scene…These murderers and victims take the stage like figures from our nightmares. They describe and reenact their stories as if the theater were a laboratory and we were students watching humans turn themselves into experiments.” —NY Times.