College of Arts and Sciences
Theatre: Musical Theatre
Primary Subject Area
radio drama, Poe, theatre, horror
Burkett, Carson, "His Right Eye: A Modern Radio Drama Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”" (2013). Senior Honors Theses. 355.
Watching an actor manipulate emotions and physicality to breathe life into a character is extraordinary. Even more impressive is the ability of a performer to do this without being seen. Radio drama is an intriguing aspect of performance that is often underappreciated in current culture, but it can play an incredible role in communicating and allowing for emotion and truth to be presented richly.
Using Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” as the basis for this thesis, I have written a script for a radio drama that adapts the story for a modern culture. The Department of Theatre Arts Playhouse of the Airwaves will produce the drama after the script is completed. It is scheduled to be broadcast in Fall 2013.