Locally Written Play ‘The Mummy Speaks’ Makes Off-Broadway Debut

Cast members David and Miriam Rafaidus, Gary and Anita Alexander, Marsha Rickles and Roger Shorr.

Once again, the mystifying conceptions of American gothic author Edgar Allan Poe were witnessed in New York City during the Equity Library Theatre Play Festival on Aug. 12 at the 53rd Street auditorium.

Poe’s original short story “Some Words with a Mummy” presents the trials of bringing an Egyptian mummy to life by use of electrical currents. The story has been adapted into a short play by Florida playwright Cynthia Morrison and entitled The Mummy Speaks. The play, along with the actors’ performances, won first place in the Equity Library Theatre 2023 virtual play festival.

Upon arrival to the Big Apple, the acting group was honored with a letter from Mayor Eric Adams, welcoming them to the historic New York Theatre District. Actors David Rafaidus, Roger Shorr, Marsha Rickles and Miriam Rafaidus, along with Gary and Anita Alexander, are all a part of the Ibis play readers group based in West Palm Beach who, by invitation, presented the play Off Broadway. “It was an absolutely incredible experience!” said Miriam Rafaidus, who played the role of Shannon on stage.