The two recorded performances of Muriel Rukeyser’s Houdini took place on March 20, 2022, at Eastern Michigan University’s Sponberg Theatre, and on March 27, 2022, at the Matrix Theatre in Detroit. We are grateful for the support from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; EMU’s Center for Jewish Studies, the English Department, and YpsiWrites, a writing-focused non-profit serving the Ypsilanti area. We thank Kitty Graham for performance permission and Bill Hall of Icon Videos for producing and editing the recordings of both performances.

Directed by EMU Theatre Professor Lee Stille, Rukeyser’s Houdini was performed by the talented actors of EMU’s Theatre Program.

The Cast: Emmalyn Riddle (Narrator); Quintin Steers (Harry Houdini); Siri Quist (Beatrice); Liam Fifelski (Marco Bone); Tara Robinson (Volonty)

Ensemble: Chelsea Bujak, Cameron Graham, Trenten Hargrove, Ali O’Harrow, Joey Pollard

Staff: Lee Stille (Director); Elisabeth Daumer (Producer); Karley Misek (Producer’s Assistant); Gwenyth Deiter (Stage Manager); Te’Nia Richardson (Assistant Stage Manager); Alexandria Grindey and Kora Hamilton (Technical Direction); Bill Hall (Videographer)

Lee Stille, Director, and Elisabeth Daumer, Producer. March 27, 2022.