HOUDINI: A Staged Reading

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“Locks, Keys, Freedom”: Houdini comes to Southeast Michigan

The Muriel Rukeyser Living Archive is organizing four staged readings of Rukeyser’s musical Houdini, with the support of the Michigan Humanities (an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), EMU’s Center for Jewish Studies, the English Department, and YpsiWrites. A lively staged reading of Muriel Rukeyser's musical Houdini, followed by a 'talk back.' Using scripts, and relying on language, movement, and the audience's imagination, EMU's actors will conjure up Rukeyser's magical telling of Houdini's story.

Directed by EMU Theatre Professor Lee Stille, Rukeyser’s Houdini will be performed by the talented actors of EMU’s Theatre Program. We thank Kitty Graham for performance permission. Edited and introduced by Jan Freeman, Houdini was originally published by Paris Press and is currently available at Wesleyan University Press.

March 26, 8pm, and March 27, 3pm. Matrix Theatre, Detroit, MI.

These events will be followed by conversations between the director, actors, and audience.

All performances are FREE and Open to the public.

Seating is first come first serve.

Masks Required for all audience members.

Additional Performances

March 20, 2pm. Sponberg Theatre, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. (This event will also be live streamed for audiences unable to attend in person). 11am Webinar about Rukeyser and Houdini with Jan Freeman, Stefania Heim, and Houdini expert Matthew Solomon. Registration Required

March 24, 7pm. Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI. In collaboration with YpsiWrites, a writing-focused non-profit serving the Ypsilanti area, this event will be accompanied by a Poetry Wall and other activities geared toward a younger Southeast Michigan audience.

“Locks, Keys, Freedom”: Houdini comes to Southeast Michigan

The Muriel Rukeyser Living Archive is organizing four staged readings of Rukeyser’s musical Houdini, with the support of the Michigan Humanities (an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), EMU’s Center for Jewish Studies, the English Department, and YpsiWrites. A lively staged reading of Muriel Rukeyser's musical Houdini, followed by a 'talk back.' Using scripts, and relying on language, movement, and the audience's imagination, EMU's actors will conjure up Rukeyser's magical telling of Houdini's story.

Directed by EMU Theatre Professor Lee Stille, Rukeyser’s Houdini will be performed by the talented actors of EMU’s Theatre Program. We thank Kitty Graham for performance permission. Edited and introduced by Jan Freeman, Houdini was originally published by Paris Press and is currently available at Wesleyan University Press.

March 26, 8pm, and March 27, 3pm. Matrix Theatre, Detroit, MI.

These events will be followed by conversations between the director, actors, and audience.

All performances are FREE and Open to the public.

Seating is first come first serve.

Masks Required for all audience members.

Additional Performances

March 20, 2pm. Sponberg Theatre, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. (This event will also be live streamed for audiences unable to attend in person). 11am Webinar about Rukeyser and Houdini with Jan Freeman, Stefania Heim, and Houdini expert Matthew Solomon. Registration Required

March 24, 7pm. Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI. In collaboration with YpsiWrites, a writing-focused non-profit serving the Ypsilanti area, this event will be accompanied by a Poetry Wall and other activities geared toward a younger Southeast Michigan audience.

HOUDINI: A Staged Reading
MARCH 26 8:00pm
MARCH 27 3:00pm
FREE and Open to the Public
Seating is first come first serve.
Masks Required
Please Register for Tickets Below!

The Houdini events are designed to alert Southeast Michigan audiences to Eastern Michigan University’s Rukeyser resources and to the poet’s many creative pursuits–her poetry, prose, journalism, plays, and her visions for the world. Rukeyser insisted that the potential, the seemingly impossible, is just as real as anything else. With Houdini she gave us a fully human hero who shows us how to open even the most intractable locks, escape any constraints, and strive always for more freedom, more imagination, more democracy.

HOUDINI: A Staged Reading
MARCH 26 8:00pm
MARCH 27 3:00pm SOLD OUT
FREE and Open to the Public
Seating is first come first serve.
Masks Required
Please Register for Tickets Below!

The Houdini events are designed to alert Southeast Michigan audiences to Eastern Michigan University’s Rukeyser resources and to the poet’s many creative pursuits–her poetry, prose, journalism, plays, and her visions for the world. Rukeyser insisted that the potential, the seemingly impossible, is just as real as anything else. With Houdini she gave us a fully human hero who shows us how to open even the most intractable locks, escape any constraints, and strive always for more freedom, more imagination, more democracy.

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This Afternoon's 3pm Performance is SOLD OUT
Limited Walk-Ups are Available, Please arrive by 2:30 to guarantee a walk-up space!