Each of the five stories in our ENCORE!! collection has a flavor that highlights the versatility of five great authors: Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, W.W. Jacobs, Guy de Maupassant, and Mark Twain. Their timeless glimpses into the human experience are brought to life on the stage.
Poe, the master of the macabre, presents a story of the irrational hatred and fear of a psychopathic mind. A wildly disturbed personality commits the “perfect” crime only to be undone by the workings of a fevered imagination.
Fantasy and reality are cleverly combined in this entertaining story from the pen of Washington Irving. This fanciful yarn relates the hilarious misfortunes of the great, gangling schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, and his fateful midnight rendezvous with the legendary Headless Horseman!
One of the best stories ever written on the theme of being granted three wishes. W.W. Jacobs explores the belief that fate rules people’s lives and that those who tamper with it do so to their sorrow. In this tale, the sequence and consequences of the three wishes are deeply tragic.
With telling irony, Maupassant offers a dark jewel of a tale. Mathilde Loisel dreams of the finer things in life and is not content with her secure, middle-class home. The price she pays for a single evening of elegance is a lifetime of drudgery and despair. This poignant story is staged with touching symbolism.
This is perhaps the best known of all Twain’s tales. It is a good, old-fashioned yarn which typifies the brawling, risk-taking, highly competitive society that was frontier America in the nineteenth century. The resilient Jim Smiley and his champion frog, Daniel Webster, are among the most memorable and endearing of Twain’s creations.