Saturday, April 4, 2009

'God Goliath' with Houdini and Leo Weiss

Here’s one of the most unique takes on a Houdini story I’ve ever heard. The Wingspan Theatre Company, in cooperation with The Bath House Cultural Center, will present a staged reading of a new play entitled God Goliath by Dallas playwright Angela Wilson.

God Goliath takes place in 1915 and finds Houdini’s brother, Dr. Leopold Weiss, experimenting with “the healing properties” of the x-ray machine. All he needs is a dying patient and a great deal of funding. When Houdini and Dr. Weiss team up, the competition is on between science and magic. When one of Weiss’ patients discovers that her own cancer has spread, she becomes the patient of an unlikely trio of “physicians” that includes Houdini, Leo Weiss, and the household cook, who has her own ideas for a cancer cure.

This staged reading of God Goliath will be directed by Beth Bontley. The cast includes T.A. Taylor, Ashley Wood, Pam Dougherty, Carrie Slaughter and Cindy Beall. The staged reading dates are: Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th, both at 7:30 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Call 214-675-6573 for tickets or by emailing wingspan@wingspantheatre.com.

Photo of Houdini and Leopold Weiss from Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss from the Arthur Moses collection.

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