Pallas Theatre Collective Presents The DC Premiere of The Fall of the House of Usher: A New Musical

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Pallas Theatre Collective is delighted to present The Fall of the House of Usher: A New Musical at the Anacostia Arts Center from August 6, 2014 to August 24, 2014. Written by Molly Fox and Sarah Hirsch, The Fall of the House of Usher has been in development with Pallas Theatre Collective since March 2013. Founder and Associate Artistic Director Tracey Elaine Chessum will direct the show’s first full production in the District.

The Fall of the House of Usher is a haunting musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s
short story of the same name, and asks us to question our own definitions of love,
family, and loyalty.  James Cleary, a struggling painter, is summoned to the Usher
mansion to paint a portrait of his childhood friend Roderick Usher, who is cursed with a
fatal illness that overtakes each member of the Usher family. Amidst the decay of the
house, James searches for Roderick’s twin sister Madeline, who also carries the
mysterious Usher illness. James sets off to rescue Madeline and rekindle their
childhood romance, but he discovers a much more sinister vein running through the
Usher family that rocks the house to its foundation.

The Fall of the House of Usher runs August 6-24, 2014  at the Anacostia Arts Center –
1231 Good Hope Rd, Washington, DC 20020. Tickets are $20 General Admission and
$15 for students. Tickets are available for purchase online at

About Pallas Theatre Collective:
Pallas Theatre Collective exists to showcase and highlight American voices and the
multiplicity of their perspectives through theatre. We seek to identify, develop, and
preserve new voices, especially those often unheard. We desire to be an incubator for
talented and visionary artists, providing resources and a home for theatrical
practitioners to share their voices in the Washington, D.C. area and around the United
States. Pallas’s mission includes two hallmarks: (1) to foster the continuation of the
American musical theatre legacy, and (2) to assist in the growth of theatre artists as they
share their own American stories. We, as an artistic collective, seek to reflect the
diversity of American life and creativity on our stage.