Signature Theatre - The Illusion
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Overview

A lawyer, facing mortality, desperate to find the son he drove away years before, travels in the dead of night to a mysterious cave. There he engages the services of a wizard, who conjures up visions of the romantic, adventurous, perilous life the lawyer’s son has been living since his father expelled him from home. The Illusion, freely adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique, is Kushner’s most joyfully theatrical play, a wildly entertaining tale of passion and regret, of love, disillusionment, and magic.

IMAGE: Lois Smith in The Illusion by Tony Kushner. Photo by Joan Marcus.

 

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Who’s Who

CAST

Pridamant of Avignon: David Margulies
The Amanuensis, Geronte: Henry Stram
Alcandre: Lois Smith
Calisto, Clindor, Theogenes: Finn Wittrock
Melibea, Isabelle, Hippolyta: Amanda Quaid
Elicia, Lyse, Clarina: Merritt Wever
Pleribo, Adraste, Prince Florilame: Sean Dugan
Matamore: Peter Bartlett

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Michael Mayer
Set Design by Christine Jones
Costume Design by Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design by Kevin Adams
Sound Design by Bray Poor
Music by Nico Muhly

Preview

I’ve always loved magic. I love the fact that magic never really works entirely on stage, that you can always see the wires. I like both the implausibility of it and how completely plausible it is if it’s done well…(The Illusion) is very romantic and magical and it’s the only time I’ve ever given myself permission to really write about what we do."

- TONY KUSHNER


What in this world is not evanescent? What in this world is real and not seeming? Love, which seems the realest thing, is really nothing at all; a simple grey rock is a thousand times more tangible than love is; and the earth is such a rock, and love only a breeze that dreams over its surface, weightless and traceless; and yet love’s more mineral, more dense, more veined with gold and corrupted with lead, more bitter and more weighty than the earth’s profoundest matter. Love is a sea of desire stretched between shores—only the shores are real, but how much more compelling is the sea. Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood. A dream which makes the world seem… an illusion. The art of illusion is the art of love, and the art of love is the blood-red heart of the world. At times I think there’s nothing else.

- ALCANDRE, THE ILLUSION

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PRODUCTION PHOTOS


Photos by Joan Marcus.

 

TRAILER

Backstage

BACK STAGE AT SIGNATURE: THE ILLUSION WARDROBE CREW

OPENING NIGHT CAST INTERVIEWS

TONY KUSHNER ON THE ILLUSION

MEET AND GREET WITH THE CAST AND CREW

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