Survivors, an Alamo Play
Based on the historically documented group of women, children and enslaved people who survived the battle of the Alamo, Texas native Katie Bender’s epic new play puts the story back into the hands of the people who lived to tell it. Told by a diverse ensemble of voices that didn’t make the history books, with supporting roles for some well-documented figures as well, SURVIVORS, AN ALAMO PLAY is an intimately drawn look at the surprising alliances necessary to persist in the shifting and mercurial climate of Mexico’s fledgling democracy.
Developed through The Playwrights’ Center, A Jerome Travel/Study grant through South Texas and Mexico, at The Susanna Dickinson Museum and at LaunchPad at UCSB and Texas State University with excellent direction by Jerry Ruiz.
Survivors, an Alamo Play opens at Texas State University in October of 2019.
Instructions for a Seance
A DIY magic show for stay-at-home moms and anyone else who’s considered escape. Part seance, part historical drag Instructions for a Seance is one woman’s attempt to contact and resurrect the late great escape artist Harry Houdini. Inspired by the Houdini archives at The Harry Ransom Center Instructions is a compact shiny diamond of a 60 minute performance experience.
Instructions for a Seance will have a workshop production at The Museum of Human Achievement in the Govalle neighborhood in East Austin in September of 2019 directed by the excellent Hannah Wolf.