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Classics!

The best of our short story repertoire, based on a recent nationwide survey, come together on stage in our exciting production of CLASSICS!

 The Fall of the House of Usher   

One of Poe’s most powerful and haunting stories.  An unsuspecting, rational man arrives at the dismal, decaying House of Usher to find his friend Roderick strangely ill and subject to irrational fears.  Roderick’s depression turns maniacal as he awaits the inevitable death of his sister Madeline.  The palpable and destructive presence of the House of Usher leaves the narrator and viewer confounded by its horror.

 

 The Ransom of Red Chief  

This is O. Henry’s hilarious story of the perfect kidnapping plot undone by a relentless nine-year-old.  The rambunctious Red Chief reduces “two desperate men” to quaking, tormented beggars with threats of scalping and burning at the stake!  Sam and Bill’s kidnapping caper backfires in the ironic style that is O. Henry’s trademark.

 The Lady or the Tiger?  

A new form of justice is explored in this thought-provoking tale by Frank R. Stockton.  A half-barbarian princess has the power to save the life of the one she loves, but in doing so will lose him forever.  Will she allow love or her own pride determine his fate?

 

 The Open Window  

From the pen of Saki (H.H. Munro), viewers can expect subtle horror and sly humor – and sometimes both at once.  In this, his best known story, a man seeking rest finds more than he bargained for.  A casual conversation sets the stage for a chilling ghostly visitation – or does it?

 

 The Most Dangerous Game  

This is Richards Connell’s gripping tale in which two hunters on an isolated island stalk the most dangerous and elusive prey – each other! Filled with action and suspense, this adventure is a classic battle of wit and cunning.

 

Note:  Stories subject to change.

The Fall of the House of Usher, Classics!

The Most Dangerous Game, Classics!

The Ransom of Red Chief, Classics!

The Lady or the Tiger? Classics!

Design, Illustration, and Animation by Justin Dormitzer

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