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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Admission: $20 (ages 14 and up), $17 (ages 10-14)
Not recommended for children under 10

Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Dolores Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway, Portland

Exploring the depths of sanity, morality and murder… with puppets?!

Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre presents Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,”. “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” These words said by a madman, embody Tears of Joy Theatre’s adaptation of this chilling tale. What drives a person to murder? Come join us as we tell the tale of a madman and see what lies at the bottom of his heart.

Adapted from Edgar Allan Poe’s infamous short story, this production blends live actors, mask and life-sized puppets. Three hooded operators bring to life the Old Man, a wonderfully bony and decrepit looking life-sized puppet. The old man’s caretaker, played by a live actor, continuously affirms his sanity as he fixates on the old man’s eye, descending into madness and finally murder. “I think it was his eye! yes, it was this!”

The Tell-Tale Heart, adapted by David Treptow, premiered in 1995 in the Avalon Theatre in Milwaukie, Wisconsin, and returns to Portland Center for the Performing Arts this February. Drawing from Poe’s life and passion for his work, Treptow elaborates on the original story by developing the relationship of the caretaker and the old man.

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