The Illusion | July 28 – August 19

by Pierre Corneille
adapted by Tony Kushner
directed by Davis Robinson

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In a story that explores what is reality and what is not, an anxious father seeks to reunite with his estranged son and enlists the services of a powerful sorcerer who conjures up provocative visions of the romantic, adventurous, and perilous life the young man has been living. 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.

Schedule
Thursday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Friday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. (Post Show Discussion)
Tuesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 14, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 19, 1:00 p.m.

 

Production Team

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Davis Robinson
Director
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Jim Alexander
Set Designer
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Stephanie Peters
Costume Designer
adelson_matthewMatthew Adelson
Lighting Designer
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Rew Tippin
Sound Designer
ford_sarah devonSarah Devon Ford
Stage Manager


Cast

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Mark S. Cartier
Pridamant
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Christopher Holt
Amanuensis/Geronte
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Janis Stevens
Alcandre
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Rob Glauz
Calisto/Clindor/ Theogenes
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Erica Murphy
Melibeay/ Isabelle/Hippolyta
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Blythe Coons
Elicia/Lyse/Clarina 
loewenthal_jake
Jake Loewenthal
Pleribo/Adraste/Prince Florilame
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James Hoban
Matamore 


From the Director

It’s hard to believe Corneille wrote this play in 1634. The pain of a father estranged for years from his son and the desire to seek some kind of forgiveness or closure for mistakes made in the past is as poignant now as it was then. It is a story best told through the power of live theater, and Corneille used his mastery of the form to fully exploit the magical uses of the stage, a story that seems to be almost custom-made for Cumston Hall. First performed in 1636, the play was “freely adapted” by Tony Kushner in 1988 and premiered at Hartford Stage in 1990. It is that version that you will see today. While remaining true to the original plot, Kushner’s sense of poetry, theatricality, and wit gives the show an immediacy that speaks directly to contemporary audiences. Enter with us now into the dark cave of the magician Alcandre, and share in Pridamant’s disturbing journey through a world of truth and illusion….