Tony Kushner's theatrical fantasy, The Illusion, opens Nov. 5 at San Diego Repertory Theatre for a run through Nov. 28. The Rep's artistic director Todd Salovey directs.
The Illusion, based on Pierre Corneille's 1636 story L'Illusion Comique, is a play within a play, as the king Pridament seeks to reconcile with his estranged and only son through the powers of the magician Alcandre. 17th-century author Corneille is best known for his 1637 work, The Cid. 20th-century author Kushner is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winner Angels in America.
Starring in the Rep's Illusion are Mikael Salazar (the son, Calisto, and others) John Campion (Pridamant), Mike Genovese (Alcandre), The Thousandth Night's Ron Campbell (Matamore), Jay Dysart (Pleribo and others), James Newcomb (Amaneunsis, Geronte and fight director), Michelle Anne Johnson and Camilia Sanes.
Designing the production are Craig Seibels (sets), Brandin Baron (costumes), Trevor Norton (lighting) and Gina Angelique (sound). Diana Moser is the stage manager.