30 October & 1 November, 2003
Carriage House, Beaconsfield, Charlottetown
Poetry and Stories by: Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe
Director: Emily Hanlon
Music: Carl Mathis and the Indian River Festival Chorus
Stage Manager: unknown
Presented at Hallowe’en time, this was a collection of readings, with musical selections, to create a haunting atmosphere.
For example, it included a dramatization of Poe’s short story “The Tell-tale Heart.” The narrator tries to convey an impression of sanity while describing a murder they committed. The victim was an old man with a filmy "vulture-eye", as the narrator calls it. The narrator emphasizes the careful calculation of the murder, to make it a perfect crime, complete with dismembering and hiding the body under the floorboards. Ultimately, the narrator's feelings of guilt, or a mental disturbance, result in hearing a thumping sound, which they interpret as the dead man's beating heart!