PHOTO CALL: Tony Kushner's The Illusion, With Peter Bartlett, Lois Smith and David Margulies, Plays the Signature

News   PHOTO CALL: Tony Kushner's The Illusion, With Peter Bartlett, Lois Smith and David Margulies, Plays the Signature
 
The Signature Theatre Company's production of Tony Kushner's The Illusion, based on the play by 17th-century tragic playwright Pierre Corneille, began casting its spell May 17 at the Peter Norton Space on West 42nd Street.

Michael Mayer directs the Off-Broadway staging featuring Peter Bartlett, Lois Smith, David Margulies, Sean Dugan, Amanda Quaid, Henry Stram, Merritt Wever and Finn Wittrock.

Tony Award winner Mayer (Spring Awakening) directed the national tour of Kushner's Angels in America in the 1990s. The Illusion opens June 5. The run continues to July 10.

Here is a look at the production:

Here's how Signature characterizes the play: "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."

Signature Theatre Company's current season also featured the first New York revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning epic work, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, directed by Michael Greif, which extended four times and played its final performance at the Peter Norton Space on April 24. The New York premiere of Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures, also directed by Michael Greif and co-produced with The Public Theater in association with The Guthrie Theater, is currently playing at The Public.

For more information, visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

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