Mayer to Direct The Illusion as Final Installment of Signature's Kushner Season

News   Mayer to Direct The Illusion as Final Installment of Signature's Kushner Season
Tony Kushner's The Illusion, a loose adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th-century comedy about a father-son reunion, L'Illusion Comique, will be the final work in the Signature Theatre Company's season celebrating the plays of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America playwright.
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Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening) will direct. In the play, a father, seeking the son he banished 15 years before, is presented with three unique visions of his son's possible life. The work will be presented in spring 2011 at the Signature's Peter Norton Space.

Casting and dates of production will be announced at a later date.

As previously reported, the Signature will present Parts 1 and 2 of Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (Sept. 14-Dec. 19), as well as a co-production of The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures (March 22-June 12, 2011) with the Public Theater. Several of Kushner's plays will be presented in a reading series as well.

Here is how the Signature bills The Illusion: "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."

"Tony is not only one of my dearest friends, but he is also probably the most significant artistic influence in my life and work, so I’m honored to be included in his Signature season," Mayer said in a statement. "Having long admired the high quality of the work at the Signature Theatre, I'm tremendously excited to direct The Illusion, which is a deeply funny and moving celebration of love in all its complexity. It is also a gorgeous valentine to the theatre." New season subscriptions for the Signature begin sale May 18. Visit SignatureTheatre.

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