The Illusion

The Illusion (2000 – 2001)

Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the Corneille classic follows an old man seeking absolution into the cave of the magician Alcandre. He finds a mystical world, inhabited by odd creatures and frightening illusions. A comedy of fairy-tale simplicity evolves into a rich, layered tragedy. Our dark physical production sold out a six week run, and was remounted at Marin Theatre Company.

“A performance that won’t soon be forgotten.” - Marin Independent Journal

“Magically comes alive … a feast for the senses” - Karin McKevitt, San Francisco Gate

the illusion

“Great performances … plus a live score” - Beth Lisick, San Francisco Gate


By Pierre Corneille, adapted by Tony Kushner
Directed by Ben Yalom
Produced by Jacques Moyal and Ben Yalom

Performed by:

James Cutts
Keith David
Kaliopi Eleni
Jim Hogget
Stephen Jacob
Lauren Grace
Corie Henninger
Louis Parnel
Alexander Lewis
David Mendelsohn
Neil Flint Worden

Music by Todd Barker
Production Manager – Helena Nolan
Stage Manager – Jessica Jelliffe
Lighting Design – Alex Lopez
Set Design – Adam Savage, Michael Burg
Effects Design – Adam Savage
Costume Design – Emily Hastings