OCT 12 & 13, 7:30pm; OCT 14, 4:00pm
OCT 19 & 20, 7:30pm; OCT 21, 4:00pm in the Center Theater
Essence to Crux brings us The Yellow Wallpaper & A Tell-Tale Heart,
double FEAR-ture plays featuring Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edgar Allen Poe short story
adaptations for theatre by director, Kallie Robinson.
"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843.
It is relayed by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity while
simultaneously describing a murder he 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, and he hides the body by dismembering it in the
bathtub, and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately, the narrator's feelings of guilt, or a
mental disturbance, result in him hearing a thumping sound, which he interprets as the dead
man's beating heart.
"The Yellow Wallpaper" (original title: "The Yellow Wall-paper. A Story") is a 6,000-word short
story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in "The New
England Magazine". It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature,
illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's health, both physical and mental.
The story depicts the effect of understimulation on the narrator's mental health and her descent
into psychosis. With nothing to stimulate her, she becomes obsessed by the pattern and color
of the wallpaper.
Tickets: $13 Members, $15 Non Members, $8 Students.