ALLEY ALL NEW FESTIVAL 2023
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY KATIE BENDER
WORKSHOP DIRECTOR LILY WOLFF
ARTISTIC CONSULTANT HANNAH WOLF
This DIY séance hosted by Texas writer/performer Katie Bender (Survivors: An Alamo Play; Alley All New Festival 2020) invites an audience to conjure escape artist Harry Houdini and learn how to escape their own lives. But another presence haunts the edges of the séance — a figure overlooked for far too long, who has things she still wants to say, and dammit, she’s going to get her say. Part magic show and a playful look at one of history’s greatest illusionists, Instructions for a Séance explores the gauntlet that is motherhood, artistic ambition, and escapism.
Instructions for a Séance is approximately 75 minutes long.
Instructions for a Seance contains Language and brief discussions of Violence and Sexual Situations, as playwright and performer Katie Bender performs an onstage seance to contact the spirit of Harry Houdini. To learn more about the content of this show, please visit our content advisory page.
POST-SHOW ALLEY CHATS
Each performance will be followed by a post-show Alley Chat with the artists led by a member of the artistic staff.