Was their Perfect Marriage their Greatest Illusion?
It is 1929, the height of the Spiritualist frenzy. Houdini, the world’s first Superstar, has been dead two years - yet surely if anyone can break through from the Other Side, it’s Harry.
When his beloved wife, Bess, hints that he already has, she is accused of
rigging the séance.
Broke, broken and hounded by the Press, she flees to a private sanitarium.
Does she really believe her husband can reach out to her from the Beyond, or,
haunted by her own hallucinations,
can she even tell the difference?
And most important of all, can she survive Life after Harry?
Escape Artists Theatre Company is proud to premiere the compelling true story of Harry Houdini's widow.
What is it like to live in fear every day of your life as your husband is buried alive, manacled, flung into icy rivers, or dangled upside down ten stories in the air in a strait jacket? Bess’ mental health was constantly stretched to the limit while he was alive - what will happen now he is gone?
The play follows Bess through frantic hallucinations and illusions as she grapples with the question of how she can possibly face Life After Harry - and the even more serious problem: Why should she even try?
The two act play is cinematic and flows freely on a single set with three actors playing multiple parts. The production includes integrated magical effects guided by Gold Star Member of the Magic Circle, Paul Zenon.