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American Ghosts

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

Producer: unknown

Stage Manager: unknown

Cast: 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!

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