Escape Artist

2012

In this powerful routine, novice escape artist Jefferson Pinder astounds and mesmerizes his audience by attempting to break free from restraints. With Pinder placed in a situation where success is anything but guaranteed, the focus of Escape Artist is resistance. In the tradition of the “gentlemen escape artists” of the early twentieth century, the performance plumbs the depths of drama, with musical accompaniment to enhance the spectacle and the exuberance of an old fashioned medicine show. Storytelling, theatrics, and showmanship combine with the struggle of self-liberation to create a postmodern escape performance, ideal for a contemporary audience. Escape Artist is staged at the exact time and location in which eighty years before, Matthew Williams was lynched and burned in a straight-jacket on the courthouse lawn in Salisbury, Maryland.

Escape Artist

Escape Artist

2012

In this aggressive routine, novice escape artist Jefferson Pinder will astound and mesmerize 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.  Story telling, theatre 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.

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