TUTV Table Read was a show produced at Temple several years ago. Its format was that of a radio play, but performed live and airing unadorned and unedited as it was captured by Temple students. A previously unreleased short segment focusing on skewering the gothic horror subgenre is now being made available to watch online. Presenting, TUTV Table Read: The Pillow in the Casket.
Newlywed Sally Crawford returns to town to help her mother carry out a witchdoctor’s instructions regarding the burial of her father’s heart. They dig up a rusty metal box containing a decomposed human heart and a skeletal finger wearing a wedding ring, belonging to Sally’s dad and Mrs. Crawford’s husband. Mrs. Crawford then takes a tuff of coyote fur and places it in the box before placing the box back into the dirt in order for it to “marinate until it’s time.” Being back in her hometown brings back memories of her father and forces Sally to confront her mother about his death and her final wishes.