The Tell-Tale Farce by Don Zolidis

(13)
Productions (19)
Farce
|
105 - 115 minutes
4 W, 5 M, 
Content Notes: Some mild adult content.
Set: An 1840s parlor with four doors.

It's 1848, and Edgar Allan Poe is just coming off the spectacular success of "The Raven." Unfortunately, it's only earned him a grand total of nine dollars. So when a wealthy dowager commissions him to write her a poem for the vast sum of one hundred dollars, he leaps at the chance. Only problem: the man who shows up to write the poem isn't Poe, he's Poe's mailman, and he's on a quest to woo the dowager's spinster niece. Playing Poe is harder than it looks, though, especially when your mustache keeps falling off, the teenage grand-daughter of the house is lusting after you, and Poe's arch-nemesis, Rufus Griswold, just happens to be dropping by to settle old scores. A freewheeling, door-slamming farce with a touch of the macabre.

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Play Details

It's 1848, and Edgar Allan Poe is just coming off the spectacular success of "The Raven." Unfortunately, it's only earned him a grand total of nine dollars. So when a wealthy dowager commissions him to write her a poem for the vast sum of one hundred dollars, he leaps at the chance. Only problem: the man who shows up to write the poem isn't Poe, he's Poe's mailman, and he's on a quest to woo the dowager's spinster niece. Playing Poe is harder than it looks, though, especially when your mustache keeps falling off, the teenage grand-daughter of the house is lusting after you, and Poe's arch-nemesis, Rufus Griswold, just happens to be dropping by to settle old scores. A freewheeling, door-slamming farce with a touch of the macabre.

  • Farce
  • |
  • 105 - 115 minutes
  • 4 W, 5 M, 
  • Content Notes: Some mild adult content.
  • Set: An 1840s parlor with four doors.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-283-3

Production History

APR 13, 2025 - APR 23, 2025
Richmond Hill Players
Geneseo, IL United States
Richmond Hill Players Geneseo, IL United States
FEB 08, 2024 - FEB 17, 2024
Greeley Garage Sale Theatre
Greeley, CO United States
Greeley Garage Sale Theatre Greeley, CO United States
NOV 16, 2023 - NOV 18, 2023
Newman Players
Saskatoon, SK Canada
Newman Players Saskatoon, SK Canada
OCT 26, 2023 - OCT 28, 2023
Parkway North Theatre
St. Louis, MO United States
Parkway North Theatre St. Louis, MO United States
OCT 19, 2023 - OCT 22, 2023
Florentine Players
Omaha, NE United States
Florentine Players Omaha, NE United States
SEP 08, 2023 - SEP 23, 2023
The Village Players Of Hatboro
Warminster, PA United States
The Village Players Of Hatboro Warminster, PA United States
NOV 19, 2021 - NOV 20, 2021
Community High School Of Arts & Academics
Roanoke, VA United States
Community High School Of Arts & Academics Roanoke, VA United States
OCT 29, 2021 - NOV 06, 2021
Caroline Community Theatre
Ruther Glen, VA United States
Caroline Community Theatre Ruther Glen, VA United States
NOV 21, 2019 - NOV 23, 2019
Delaware Valley Regional High School Theater
Frenchtown, NJ United States
Delaware Valley Regional High School Theater Frenchtown, NJ United States
SEP 25, 2019 - SEP 28, 2019
Albuquerque High School Drama Dept
Albuquerque, NM United States
Albuquerque High School Drama Dept Albuquerque, NM United States
MAR 01, 2019 - MAR 16, 2019
Essex Community Players, Inc.
Essex Junction, VT United States
Essex Community Players, Inc. Essex Junction, VT United States
FEB 01, 2019 - FEB 10, 2019
THE GREAT RIVER ROAD THEATRE
River Falls, WI United States
THE GREAT RIVER ROAD THEATRE River Falls, WI United States
JUN 09, 2018 - AUG 09, 2018
Brownville Village Theatre
Brownville, NE United States
Brownville Village Theatre Brownville, NE United States
APR 20, 2018 - APR 28, 2018
Huron Players
Ann Arbor, MI United States
Huron Players Ann Arbor, MI United States
MAR 23, 2018 - APR 08, 2018
Graham Regional Theatre
Graham, TX United States
Graham Regional Theatre Graham, TX United States
JAN 12, 2018 - FEB 03, 2018
Stage Coach Theatre
Boise, ID United States
Stage Coach Theatre Boise, ID United States
JUL 26, 2016 - AUG 06, 2016
Pioneer Playhouse
Danville, KY United States
Pioneer Playhouse Danville, KY United States
DEC 03, 2015 - DEC 04, 2015
Coronado High School
El Paso, TX United States
Coronado High School El Paso, TX United States
NOV 08, 2015 - NOV 08, 2015
STAGE Company
Wilmington, NC United States
STAGE Company Wilmington, NC United States
APR 13, 2025 - APR 23, 2025
Richmond Hill Players
Geneseo, IL United States
Richmond Hill Players Geneseo, IL United States
No professional productions.

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