Steve Schutzman



Dramatic Adaptations of Stories by Edgar Allan Poe




The Fall of the House of Usher (50 min, 3m, 2f)  Heeding the plea of his old friend, Roderick Usher, William Benson travels to the haunted House of Usher, where the very stones are alive with voices of trapped ancestors. There, Roderick’s sister, the beautiful Madeleine, seems to die, and Roderick is seized by the paranoid dread that shows itself to be quite real at the heart-pounding climax of the play when the macabre Usher fate finally comes to pass. An adaptation that will delight modern audiences as it remains faithful to the language, atmosphere and psychological insight of the Poe classic. Available from Brooklyn Publishers:  https://www.brookpub.com/default.aspx?pg=sd&st=Fall+of+the+House+of+Usher 



A Cask of Amontillado  (25 min, 2m, 1f) One of Poe's creepiest stories enacting the revenge of the obsessive Montresor against the wine lover Fortunato. On carnival night in Venice, Montresor lures the tipsy Fortunato to his estate with the promise of a rare sherry. Down in dank catacombs, Montresor finally chains the hapless Fortunato and walls him in alive. The claustrophobic atmosphere, Montresor’s smiling meanness and Fortunato’s growing horror are bound to send chills down anyone’s spine. Available from Brooklyn Publishers https://www.brookpub.com/default.aspx?pg=sd&st=CASK+OF+AMONTILLADO