Complete casting has been announced for Signature Theatre Company’s forthcoming production of The Illusion, Tony Kushner’s “freely adapted” version of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique. Performances will begin at the Peter Norton Space on May 17, with opening night set for June 5, directed by Michael Mayer.
The Illusion will feature Peter Bartlett (The Drowsy Chaperone, TV’s One Life to Live), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, TV’s Oz), David Margulies (Conversations With My Father, Wonderful Town), Amanda Quaid (Equus, Banished Children of Eve), Lois Smith (The Trip to Bountiful, TV’s True Blood), Henry Stram (Inherit the Wind, See What I Wanna See), Merritt Wever (TV’s Nurse Jackie, Tiny Furniture) and Finn Wittrock (The Age of Iron, TV’s All My Children).
The Illusion is described as Kushner’s most joyfully theatrical play, a tale of passion, regret, love, disillusionment and magic. A lawyer, facing mortality and 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 final production in Signature’s all-Kushner season, 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.