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Poe Theatre on the Air

  • Hosted by The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre

Part radio drama, part podcast, and all Edgar Allan Poe.  A new spine-tingling play for your ears every month, adapted from America’s most famous horror and suspense writer.  Gothic frights, by The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre.

The Fall Of The House Of Usher, Part Two

Feb 3, 2021

Madeleine Usher is alive, after all. In this episode, we listen back to the story of how she was mistakenly entombed, and how that was the beginning of the end for the Ushers and their ancestral home. Also, Doctor Mallard meets a stranger interested in learning more about the asylum. Only one more episode before this season comes to an end!

The Fall Of The House Of Usher, Part One

Jan 5, 2021

Summoned to the aid of an old college friend, our protagonist embarks on a journey to a mysterious ancestral home and encounters not only the unfortunate friend but his frail and ghost-like sister.

Hop Frog

Nov 25, 2020

Intrigue, revenge and death in the Royal Court! First published in 1849, the year of Poe’s death, this story has been adapted numerous times, including having been sung by David Bowie in Lou Reed’s album “The Raven.” In this adaptation, we take a melodramatic and fantastic look at this most unlikely love affair.

Never Bet the Devil Your Head, Part Two

Oct 29, 2020

Happy Halloween! In the conclusion of this two-part series, the Author and Toby Dammit stumble upon a mysterious little man in a covered bridge. Toby cannot resist demonstrating his “athletic prowess” to the man, but the results are not quite what he (repeatedly) bargained for. Part Two of a rare comedic story from Edgar Allan Poe.

Never Bet the Devil Your Head, Part One

Oct 2, 2020

Toby Dammit was a man of questionable moral fiber. Coming home from a pub one night, he learns the consequences of a life of excess, and his trademark saying gets put to the ultimate test. Part One in a two-part adaptation of one of Poe’s few comedic stories.

Poe Theatre On The Air - Edgar Allan, Part Two

Sep 2, 2020

In this second episode of our guest production “Edgar Allan” by The Coldharts, Edgar and his nemesis have the first meeting of their secret society. Edgar reveals a terrible secret, and immediately regrets his decision. Mallard and company return in October!

Poe Theatre On The Air - Edgar Allan, Part One

Aug 3, 2020

We take a brief holiday from Dr. Mallard and his patients with this very special two-part guest production of “Edgar Allan,” from The Coldharts. This new musical is a reimagining of Poe’s childhood days, combined with an adaptation of his short story “William Wilson.” Mallard and company return in October!

Poe Theatre On The Air - Eldorado

Jul 2, 2020

A man, found wandering in the desert, tells a harrowing tale of his failed efforts to find the fabled City of Gold with his eccentric partner. But what is the secret he can’t bear to admit?

Adapted from Poe’s well-known poem.

Poe Theatre On The Air - The Premature Burial

Jun 2, 2020

Of the many fears that plague humankind, claustrophobia and the unrelenting terror of being entombed alive may be the worst. In this episode, The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air recounts one woman’s fate – and provides an unsettling look at Dr. Mallard’s more cruel side.

Poe Theatre On The Air - The Raven

May 1, 2020

Wear your headphones as we play with high and low frequencies and ASMR tricks to make you uncomfortable. Poe’s famous poem about love, lost hope, obsession and tragedy gets a dramatic retelling and an extra-unsettling listening experience.

Poe Theatre On The Air - A Descent into the Maelstrom

Apr 1, 2020

They say a life at sea changes a man, but this story takes that to the extreme. In this episode, The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air takes on Poe’s tale of tragedy at sea, and the physical toll on those who survive the clutches of a near-mythical storm.

Poe Theatre on the Air - The Oval Portrait

Mar 2, 2020

When obsession meets the creative impulse, it becomes almost impossible to know when to stop. Art should imitate life, not death. Meanwhile, it’s becoming clear that the kindly Dr. Mallard has somewhat of a mean streak in him.

Poe Theatre On The Air - The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar

Feb 5, 2020

What if a person is hypnotized at the moment of death? The horrifying consequences of cheating the Reaper are unraveled in a story that readers during Poe’s time were afraid had actually happened.

Poe Theatre on the Air - A Predicament

Jan 8, 2020

There's always a price to be paid for arrogance.  In one of Poe’s very few comedic short stories, a woman loses her head waiting for the time to come…

Poe Theatre on the Air - Berenice

Dec 5, 2019

Love truly hurts. A beautiful woman, in love with her bookish and obsessive cousin, has a smile to die for. As the woman falls ill, her smile is all that’s left unchanged. Her cousin can’t bear it and takes matters into his own hands.

Poe Theatre on the Air - The Cask of Amontillado

Oct 30, 2019

Insulted once too often by a vain and pompous "friend," a man lures his victim to the catacombs beneath his home with the promise of a rare bottle of wine. Too late, the friend pays the ultimate price for not being more polite...

Poe Theatre on the Air - Morella

Oct 4, 2019

A man’s love for his scholarly wife fades as her fascination turns to morbid themes. On her deathbed, she gives birth and curses the man to ensure that he will never be freed from her memory.

Poe Theatre On The Air - The Black Cat

Sep 9, 2019

A man brings home a cat for his animal-loving wife, to replace a cherished pet. When the new family addition becomes too annoying for the man, it leads to a dark secret that the cat reveals at the worst possible time – for the man.

Poe Theatre On The Air - The Tell-Tale Heart

Aug 5, 2019

A housekeeper takes a job caring for an old man, and it seems like a dream for them both. But the dream becomes a nightmare when the housekeeper’s obsession with the man turns deadly – with a truly heart-pounding ending.