Escape Artist

Escape Artist
2012


In this aggressive routine, novice escape artist Jefferson Pinder astounds and mesmerizes his audiences by attempting to break free from restraints. In a situation in which success is anything but guaranteed, the focus of this performance is on resistance. In the tradition of the ‘gentleman escape artists of the early twentieth century, this piece seeks the dramatic aspects of the show. With musical accompaniment to enhance the spectacle, the performance has the stylizations of an old fashioned medicine show. Storytelling, theater, and showmanship combine with the struggle of self-liberation creates a new style of escape performance ideal for a contemporary audience. Staged at the exact time and location in which eighty years earlier, Matthew Williams was brutally beat and lynched in a straight-jacket on the courthouse lawn in Salisbury, Maryland.