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Radio Play

The Midnight Dreary Festival

October 27 - 30, 2020

Virtual (General Admission)


This October, RLT will celebrate the work of Edgar Allan Poe through a series of readings and a festival of work created by the community entitled The Midnight Dreary Festival: Community Interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe.

The Readings

The Midnight Dreary Festival features radio drama readings of four of Edgar Allan Poe’s most chilling short stories, read and directed by local artists. The featured stories will be released online one by one each night October 27-30 – just in time for Halloween! The stories are:

The Mask of the Red Death

Performed by Phillip Bernard Smith
Directed by Patrick Torres
Sound Design by John Maruca

The Tell-Tale Heart

Performed by Tyanna West
Directed by Brian Westbrook
Sound Design Michael Santangelo

The Cask of Amontillado

Performed by Tiffany Lewis
Directed by Amy Pridgen
Sound Design by Areon Mobasher

The Pit and the Pendulum 

Performed by Jesse Gephart
Directed by Aya Wallace
Sound Design by Areon Mobasher

Community Creations

RLT invites the community to join in on this spooky celebration and come play with us. We would love you to flex those creative muscles by getting involved:

  • Pick a poem by Edgar Allan Poe that inspires you
  • Get creative! We are interested in you interpreting the poem in your own way: an interpretive dance, an original piece of music inspired by the poem, a dramatic reading, animation, a short film – anything you are inspired to create!
  • Email your submission to Patrick Torres, patrick@raleighlittletheatre.org, now thru October 1
  • RLT will share your creation on our social media channels leading up to Halloween!

Read some of Poe’s poems here to get inspired!

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale now!

Links to the four radio plays will be emailed out each night at 5pm between October 27-30. Purchasing a ticket provides access to all four short stories. Tickets will be sold on a pay-what-you-can basis, starting at $5. We kindly ask that you consider how many people will be listening with you when deciding on how much to pay. We appreciate your support!