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Ossining Library Has Spring Reading About Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle

Michelle Concha will play the role of Houdini’s conflicted wife in Rosabelle, Believe, WCT’s Spring Play Reading.
Michelle Concha will play the role of Houdini’s conflicted wife in Rosabelle, Believe, WCT’s Spring Play Reading. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Lina Sarrello

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Westchester Collaborative Theater will present its first reading of 2015, a full-length play, "Rosabelle, Believe," May 22-23.

"Rosabelle, Believe," is by Joseph Lauinger and is directed by Alan Lutwin, executive director of WCT. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. May 22 and 2 p.m. May 23 in the Budarz Theater in the Ossining Library.

Saturday’s reading will be followed by a talk-back with the playwright, director and cast. Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance  through Brown Paper Tickets available at

"Rosabelle, Believe," a delightful and provocative meditation on cultural ethos, sexual gamesmanship and the afterlife, revolves around the decades-long, unlikely relationship forged between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the cross-currents that affected the women in their lives. 

The playwright, Joseph Lauinger, professor of dramatic literature at Sarah Lawrence College, has a master’s from Oxford and a doctorate from Princeton. He has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. 

The cast, all WCT members, features Deacon Hoy, (Houdini) who recently played the lead in a NYC Fringe Festival entry produced by WCT; Michelle Concha, (his wife, Rosabelle) a Juilliard graduate who has appeared in NYC at Pan Asian Theatre, Gene Frankel Theater and Teatro La Tea and in WCT productions; Ward Riley, (Doyle) who has appeared in numerous WCT productions, written plays for the company and has appeared with and acted for Axial Theatre; and Sharon Rowe, (Doyle’s wife, Lady Jean) an Emmy award winner and SAG member. Erik Langner and Jim Brownold, who will also be featured, were both last seen in the WCT 2014 Fall Play reading of "Marshall Fine’s On the Frontiers of Scientific Discovery."

Lutwin, Concha, Rowe and Langner are Ossining residents.

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