In the New York City Asylum for the Insane in 1843, Eliza Clemm tells the story of how she murdered her father, Edgar Clemm. In doing so, she desperately insists that she is not insane and beseeches the audience to understand her reason for the crime. As she is repeatedly told by an unfeeling nurse, a brutish orderly, and the memory of her cruel father that the asylum is where she belongs, Eliza begins to accept her fate and considers embracing her new life among the lunatics. This retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s frightening tale retains the horror found in his original short story.
CAST SIZE: 2M 2W