Harry Houdini, the great escape artist, magician and noted debunker of the paranormal, stages a fake séance in a vaudeville theatre, hypnotizing the participants into performing Shakespeare's The Tempest. But he soon discovers he has stirred up more than a storm. The Tempest pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. The story focuses on Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic arts. Now, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. The production is directed by Dr. Doug Powers.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for youth 12 and younger and Mercyhurst students with ID. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.