The Grand Illusion Show

In 1896 New York, Adelaide is a recent widow. Her husband was the famous magician, Alexander Herrmann, and now she – his long-time assistant – wants the rights to perform his illusions herself. The trouble is no woman has ever performed this kind of magic before. To prove she’s qualified to carry on her husband’s legacy, Adelaide will perform the most dangerous trick of all: the infamous Bullet Catch. Based on...
In 1896 New York, Adelaide is a recent widow. Her husband was the famous magician, Alexander Herrmann, and now she – his long-time assistant – wants the rights to perform his illusions herself. The trouble is no woman has ever performed this kind of magic before. To prove she’s qualified to carry on her husband’s legacy, Adelaide will perform the most dangerous trick of all: the infamous Bullet Catch. Based on a true story, The Grand Illusion Show blends Adelaide’s story with real illusions as it examines the limitations of the glass-ceilings we’ve broken, and those we must still work to shatter.
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The Grand Illusion Show

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  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    22 May. 2020
    We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2020 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas.
  • Playwrights Foundation:
    6 Apr. 2020
    Playwrights Foundation enthusiastically recommends this play THE GRAND ILLUSION SHOW, as a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2020. We were moved by the quality of the writing and the relevant and compelling themes that spoke to the mission of our festival. It excelled in a competitive process of 735 plays submitted this year and rose to the top after a six month long process discussing its merits with both national and local Bay Area readers, and we hope it moves swiftly towards production.
  • Samantha Cooper:
    12 Oct. 2019
    Who knew the world was in such bad need of a mystically play about a female magician fighting for her legacy in the boys club of grand illusions? Well, Dendinger knew, that's who! This play clips along at a fantastic pace, mirroring the twists, turns, and misdirections of the world of magic it explores all while exploring questions of female histories and how we take control of our own stories when the world is doing everything it to make our contributions disappear.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Orlando Shakes PlayFest
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    NJ Rep
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    TimeLine Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    TimeLine Theatre
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
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New Works Festival
,
Kitchen Dog Theatre
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Play Festival
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2020
Finalist
,
PlayFest
,
Orlando Shakes
,
2019
Finalist
,
Ingram New Play Lab at Nashville Rep
,
2019