September 26 – November 10
Transporting audiences to 1926, the year Harry Houdini died, Speakeasy Dollhouse unravels the mystery of his untimely death. Written and directed by Cynthia von Buhler and based on her comic book series from Titan Comics/Hard Case Crime, The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini follows private investigator Minky Woodcock on her first case. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believes Houdini is not merely a magician but has supernatural
powers; Bess Houdini suspects her husband is cheating on her. Minky goes undercover as Houdini’s new assistant, and when the great illusionist dies, Minky’s investigation leads her to the darkest of secrets…
Audience members will witness Harry Houdini’s final days through an immersive theater experience in which they are assigned a character to follow and then view events through that character’s point of view. They might find themselves attending a séance, helping the magician rehearse backstage, sipping absinthe in a speakeasy, spying on an affair in a hotel room, witnessing an attempted murder, visiting Houdini in his hospital room, or viewing his body in the morgue. All attendees “travel via train” to watch Houdini’s final month of performances, including his iconic Water Torture Chamber act, in Rhode Island, Montreal and Detroit.
General Admission participants choose between being a “Spiritualist” or a “Pragmatist.” VIP guests follow Harry Houdini or Minky Woodcock, receive the best seats in the house for the stage portions of the show, and are invited onstage to inspect the Water Torture Chamber. Audience members are encouraged to come back again to follow other key players and see alternate facets of what actually led to Houdini’s fateful death. Evidence is revealed, but the truth is left up to the theatergoer to decide.
Replete with incredible magic tricks and authentic recreations of spiritualist demonstrations, the production offers up a meticulously detailed slice of Houdini history.
Starring: Pearls Daily (Minky Woodcock), Vincent Cinque (Harry Houdini), Robyn Adele Anderson (Bess Houdini), Lord Kat (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Luka Fric (Bennie Woodcock), E. James Ford (J. Gordon Whitehead), Delysia La Chatte (Nurse La Chatte), Eden Atencio (Mina Crandon aka Margery of Boston), Ryan Salvato (Sam Smiley), Celeste Hudson (Lady Marler), Mat Leonard (Jim Collins), Audrey Allen (Lady Allan) and Will Davis (Jack Price). Cynthia von Buhler is the writer, director and set designer. PJ Mead is the associate director and company manager. Produced by Speakeasy Dollhouse.