Shuddersome: Tales of Poe

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

Shuddersome: Tales of Poe

adapted by Lindsay Price from Edgar Allan Poe

A vivid and theatrical adaptation of some of Poe's best known works. Multi length versions to fit every performance need.

 About 45 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 34
4 M | 5 W | 25 Any Gender, Doubling Possible


Simple Set


 51 pages

Drama Choral Work Classical Adaptation Movement-based Mystery Reader's Theatre

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“Once upon a midnight dreary,
While I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious
Volume of forgotten lore...”

The thumping of a heartbeat. The creak of a door. The howl of a bitter wind. The gong of a clock tower. The clang of alarm bells. The sound of beating wings getting closer and closer…

Specters, ghosts and ghouls come alive in this vivid theatrical adaptation of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works. Included are The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Masque of the Red Death.

Poe’s words rise from the page like corpses from the grave. Be careful. Do you hear that tap, tap, tapping?

Multi-length versions of the script to fit every need.

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