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"Never Bet The Devil Your Head"

by Edgar Allen Poe

Adapted for radio by D. Chapelle

Play Synopsis 

The first part of this short comedy is a narrative that serves to make you wonder if Poe is talking about himself. The narrator describes his friend Toby Dammit whose favorite phrase is, "I'll bet the Devil my head!" In the story, the narrator and his friend are taking a walk in the country, when they come to an old covered bridge with a turnstile in the centre. Dammit claims he can leap over it using his favourite epithet of "betting the devil his head". As he prepares to leap, a strange little man appears...

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Cast Requirements:
 
One of the interesting things about doing radio drama is that you don’t have to look the part to perform the part. A short guy can play a basketball player or a sweet little girl can play a cranky old woman or a teenager can play a senior citizen. Case in point is an actor named Casey Kasem. He started playing Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo cartoons when he was thirty-seven years old and kept at it until he was seventy-seven. It also means you can use as few or as many actors as you’d like. If you have any questions about how any of this works drop me a line at dchapelle-suite@gmail.com
 
Cast List:
 
Announcer
Jack
Cyrus
Simon
Waiter
Mrs. Dammit
Toby
Carlisle