Kushner's Illusion To Be Conjured by Peter Bartlett, Sean Dugan, Lois Smith, David Margulies

News   Kushner's Illusion To Be Conjured by Peter Bartlett, Sean Dugan, Lois Smith, David Margulies
The new Off-Broadway production of Tony Kushner's The Illusion, based on the play by Pierre Corneille, will feature Peter Bartlett, Lois Smith, David Margulies, Sean Dugan, Amanda Quaid, Henry Stram, Merritt Wever and Finn Wittrock, Signature Theatre announced.

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Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), who directed the national tour of Kushner's Angels in America in the 1990s, directs. Performances will begin May 17 at The Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street), Signature's home. Opening night will be June 5. The run continues to July 10.

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."

Subscriptions for Signature's 20th-anniversary Tony Kushner season are sold out. Tickets for The Illusion will be sold exclusively online at signaturetheatre.org starting April 1 at 10 AM. Single tickets will be available at the box office beginning April 5.

The Illusion will feature scenic design by Christine Jones, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Bray Poor and fight direction by Rick Sordelet. Production stage manager is Paul J. Smith.

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly priced single tickets ($75) during the initial announced run are underwritten and will be available for $20. The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc. Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams. 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 will play its final performance at the Peter Norton Space on April 24; and the New York premiere of 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. Performances began at The Public Theater on March 22; opening is May 5. The season will also include readings of selected other plays from Tony Kushner's body of work.

For more information, visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

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