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The Black Cat

Cast & Crew

Rita…Caroline Munro
Alf…Mark Redfield
The Judge,
Bill, and
Frederico Fortunato…Mark Redfield
Italian Barman…Cesare Arena
Announcer…Mary Anne Perry




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Based upon the short story by Edgar Allan Poe

Caroline Munro and Mark Redfield star in the Poe Forevermore Radio Theater production of THE BLACK CAT, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe’s  "The Black Cat" was first published in the August 19, 1843, issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

This adaptation, written and directed by Mark Redfield, is set in London during the 1960s.

“The Black Cat" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in the August 19, 1843, edition of The Saturday Evening Post. One of Poe's darkest tales, "The Black Cat" includes his strongest denunciation of alcohol. The narrator's perverse actions are brought on by his alcoholism, a "disease" and "fiend" which also destroys his personality.The use of the black cat evokes various superstitions, including the idea voiced by the narrator's wife that they are all witches in disguise. Poe owned a black cat. In his "Instinct vs Reason -- A Black Cat" he stated: The writer of this article is the owner of one of the most remarkable black cats in the world - and this is saying much; for it will be remembered that black cats are all of them witches. In Scottish and Irish mythology, the Cat Sìth is described as being a black cat with a white spot on its chest, not unlike the cat the narrator finds in the tavern. The titular cat is named Pluto after the Roman god of the Underworld.

This adaptation, written and directed by Mark Redfield, takes Poe’s story beats and themes and transplants the action very specifically out of the 19th century and firmly into the 1960s. An oft used device, of having the mad narrator tell his story as a confession in court, launches the story of Alf and Rita and a cat called Pluto. Very similar in structure to Poe’s previous tale of a nameless killer narrator, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Redfield’s adaptation creates a woman character where Poe had none. (Poe didn't write “woman characters”)

Redfield’s audio play THE BLACK CAT was recorded in May of 2015 and post-production happened in July of 2015.


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