Houdini Speaks to the Living
by Hidden Room Theatre

Oct. 21 - Oct. 31, 2016

Marking the 90th anniversary of the Great Houdini’s death…

The Hidden Room and the Harry Ransom Center proudly present Houdini Speaks to the Living by Beth Burns and Patrick Terry

Starring acclaimed NY magician Patrick Terry as Harry Houdini and Multi-Award-Winning actor Robert Matney as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The year is 1926, and the Great Houdini is taking his crusade against Spiritualism and fake mediums straight to the public in a series of performance lectures filled with magic and seance-debunking. At the same time, his good friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, is lecturing on behalf of Spiritualism, believing it to be “a great Philosophy” that will usher in a new age for mankind. Watch these two legends battle out the true nature of magic this Halloween season.

Over a year of research went into Houdini Speaks to the Living, bringing material straight from correspondence, essays, photographs, diaries, and books from the Harry Ransom Center’s Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collections. About 75% of the play is verbatim theatre, so in a sense the Hidden Room is indeed conjuring the very essences of Houdini and Doyle. Enjoy magic, ghost stories, and a great meeting of minds that is the perfect spectacle for your Halloween celebrations.

Recommended for 8+

 Feature by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin in the Austn Statesman, October 15, 2016

Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner, interviewing director/playwright Beth Burns and Robert Matney (cast as Arthur Conan Doyle), Austin Chronicler, October 20, 2016


[poster by Jennymarie Jemison]


Houdini Speaks to the Living
by Beth Burns and Patrick Terry
Hidden Room Theatre

October 21 - October 31, 2016
York Rite Masonic Hall
311 W 7th Street
Austin, TX, 78701

October 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2016 – all shows at 8 pm

– – – plus a free Special Halloween Presentation, Monday October 31st, 7 pm at the Harry Ransom Center – – –

Running time: 45 mins.