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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.

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.