Wicked Lit is a dynamic new collection of plays adapted from the classic horror literature of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Washington Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, and more. These timeless stories have been ambitiously reimagined to create surprising and impactful theatrical experiences. Originally devised as immersive theater, the shows in the Wicked Lit collection have previously been staged in cemeteries, museums, mansions, and hotels. Produce them in a theater or in a creative guerrilla setting and watch these chilling horror classics come alive.
The following titles are available in the Volume 1 Print Edition:
The Body Snatcher by Paul Millet
adapted from the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson
2F, 3M | 35 Minutes
With the help of two childhood friends, a female medical student accepts a job working for a prominent doctor, but gruesome tasks and unspeakable horrors await her when she arrives at the lab.
The Cask of Amontillado by Paul Millet
adapted from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe
1F, 2M | 30 Minutes
In this retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting classic, betrayal, unrequited love, and deception await Fortunato as he follows his longtime friend into the catacombs to fetch a cask of wine.
The Chimes by Jonathan Josephson
adapted from the novella by Charles Dickens
1F, 2M, Ensemble (Flexible) | 30 Minutes
Dickens’ novella is brought to life with a bite of horror as a proud parent discovers the repercussions of not accepting his daughter’s choices by the goblins who haunt a church.
The Grove of Rashomon by Jonathan Josephson
adapted from In a Grove by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
3F, 4M (Flexible) | 30 Minutes
A mother investigates the brutal crimes committed against her daughter and son-in-law, a samurai, in this reimaging of the iconic short story that inspired the film Rashomon.
Las Lloronas by Jonathan Josephson
adapted from the Mexican legend of La Llorona
5F, 3M (Flexible) | 35 Minutes
Told through storytelling, dance, and music, this famous Mexican folk legend captures the story of a desperate mother who murders her children by drowning them in a river.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Jonathan Josephson
adapted from the novella by Washington Irving
1F, 3M, 1 Flexible | 30 Minutes
Washington Irving’s iconic tale of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow comes to life in this lyrical reimaging of the classic story.
The Monkey’s Paw by Jeff Garcia Rack
adapted from the short story by W.W. Jacobs
1F, 4M | 35 Minutes
Based on the supernatural short story, three wishes are granted to a down-and-out family, but they must pay a terrifying price for interfering with fate.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Paul Millet
adapted from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe
2F, 5M | 40 Minutes
A series of apparitions haunts a disturbed man who must answer to police about the disappearance of his uncle.
The Unnamable by Jeff Garcia Rack
adapted from the short story by H.P. Lovecraft
1F, 2M | 35 Minutes
The quest for an ancient artifact leads two men to a cemetery where they uncover a family curse and unleash a beast from another dimension.
The following titles are available in the Volume 2 Print Edition:
Anansi and the Demons by Jonathan Josephson
freely adapted from the canon of Anansi stories and Ashanti proverbs
1F, 3M, 3-6 F/M | 30-40 Minutes
A British colonial ambassador tries to rid the African village in his charge of a purported demon, but Anansi the trickster and her friends have other ideas.
The Doll by Jeff Garcia Rack
adapted from a novelette by Algernon Blackwood
4F, 1M | 40 Minutes
In this bone-chilling adaptation, a young girl is given a package that mysteriously arrives on the doorstep, an evil force enters the household and turns their quiet world upside down.
The Ebony Frame by Susannah Myrvold
adapted from a short story by Edith Nesbit
3F, 2M | 42 Minutes
Henry Devigne is reunited with his lover from a past life, through the dark magic of an enchanted portrait. The only catch is he has to give up his soul to keep her. He's more than happy to do it, but their satanic wedding doesn't go as planned.
The Fall of the House of Usher by Paul Millett
adapted from a short story by Edgar Allen Poe
1F, 2M | 35 Minutes
Nathaniel Dawson has received a desperate and mysterious letter from his friend Roderick Usher. When he arrives, he is drawn into a nightmare world that brings a family's horrifying past into an even more twisted and perverse present.
From Beyond by Trey Nichols
adapted from a short story by H.P. Lovecraft
1F, 3M or 2F, 2M, Flexible | 40-45 Minutes
When a great discovery turns deadly, a highly regarded scientist is forced to choose between trusting his eyes or following his brain in order to survive. H.P. Lovecraft’s tale of insanity and science gone awry comes to life in this chilling adaptation.
A Ghost Story by Jonathan Josephson
adapted from a short story by Mark Twain
1M, 2 Flexible | 18 Minutes
Hilarity ensues when a young student encounters a Ghost with an identity crisis and his Shadow who is determined to banish his soul to hell.
The New Catacomb by Jonathan Josephson
adapted from a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle
1F, 2M | 30-35 Minutes
Berger, an American, and Kennedy, a Brit, are great friends, and have been since their days at university. But when Berger makes a life-altering discovery in the depths of a long-since forgotten Roman crypt, their friendship may be put to the ultimate test.
The Shadowy Third by Paul Millet
adapted from a short story by Ellen Glasgow
3F, 1M | 40 Minutes
A shy young girl. An insane mother. A good-hearted doctor with only the best of intentions. One of these things is not as it seems. Or perhaps two. Maybe all three?
The Yellow Wallpaper by Jeff Garcia Rack
adapted from a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
2F, 1M | 35 Minutes
A new mother is confined to her room for bedrest. However, “rest cure” is anything but, as she begins to see things behind the yellow wallpaper that dominates her bedroom.
Wicked Lit is one of those amazing opportunities to feel the thrill of true fear, as if you were transported to another place and time… From the moment I arrived I knew this was going to be good; I had no idea it would leave me speechless!
–Scary Horror News
Performance Royalties for AMATEUR and EDUCATIONAL Groups begin at $40.00 per performance per play for theaters under 150 seats, and rise depending on ticket prices and theater particulars. Please fill out an application for your personalized quote.
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Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement.
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An Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package must be purchased from Stage Rights as a part of your licensing agreement. Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date, unless other arrangements have been made in advance with your Stage Rights Licensing Representative. Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house.
The Materials Package for Wicked Lit
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