The Impossible Escape of Don Misterioso

“Sometimes you have to look backwards to see what’s in front of you.”

Written by Hal Borden

Directed by Alejandra Maldonado


  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 6:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St., NYC 10003)


In 1955, the warden of a Guatemalan prison agrees to an interview request from Maxine Whitman of Life magazine. When Max arrives at the prison, she reveals that her true agenda is to interview Francisco, a prisoner who she believes is the last living assistant of Harry Houdini. With the warden’s grudging cooperation, Max urges Francisco to divulge Houdini’s secrets before they’re lost to history, but she ultimately becomes more interested in Francisco’s own career as a magician—and when he attempts a daring prison break, Max plays an unexpected role in his final performance.

About the Playwright

Hal Borden earned an M.F.A. degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, where he won the Hal Kanter Comedy Writing Award.  His first play, A Position of Relative Importance, received staged readings at festivals in the U.S. and U.K. before premiering at Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers, Florida in 2015.  Hal lives in Philadelphia with his two dachshunds. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


This Reading is free of charge–your kind donation is accepted.  The first glass of that red elixir of life–wine–is on us.  All proceeds ensure that we continue to support the genesis of theater: the playwright!

Seating is limited–RSVP.