Tony Kushner Talks About The Illusion at Signature Theatre Company (Video)

PlayBlog   Tony Kushner Talks About The Illusion at Signature Theatre Company (Video)
 
Signature Theatre Company's production of Tony Kushner's The Illusion, based on the play by 17th-century tragic playwright Pierre Corneille, opened June 5 at Off-Broadway's Peter Norton Space.

Here, Kushner talks about creating the play and the production at the Signature Theatre Company. He discusses the themes of his play and compares it to his best-maskknown work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play in two parts, Angels in America.

Tony Award winner Michael Mayer directs the production that features Peter Bartlett, Lois Smith, David Margulies, Sean Dugan, Amanda Quaid, Henry Stram, Merritt Wever and Finn Wittrock. Previews began May 17 for a now-extended run to July 17.

The Illusion, according to press notes, focuses on "a lawyer [Margulies], facing mortality, desperate to find the son [Wittrock] he drove away years before, [who] travels in the dead of night to a mysterious cave. There he engages the services of a wizard [Smith], 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."

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