The Illusion

by Tony Kushner
freely adapted from L’Illusion Comique by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Carin Bratlie
June 12-28, 2015
Performing in the inaugural season at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

I have seen a most splendid vision.

After his son runs off to find his fortune, Pridamant seeks the aid of an eccentric illusionist; a sorcerer with the ability to conjure images and dreams. Scenes from the son’s life marvelously appear before them, each an exotic and perplexing situation, each more inexplicable than the last, with varying names, shifting places, and dizzying rivalries. Adapted by Tony Kushner from Pierre Corneille’s classic comedy, The Illusion reveals the boy’s fate only at the very end, for better or for worse, and that it’s not quite what his father was led to believe.

The Castillusion_postcard

Pridamant – Paul de Cordova +
The Amanuensis – Tim Uren
Alcandre – Charles Hubbell +
Calisto/Clindor/Theogenes – Michael Fell
Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta – Abby DeSanto
Elicia/Lyse/Clarina – Kelsey Cramer *
Pleribo/Adraste/Prince Florilame – Ben Tallen *
Matamore – Bryan Grosso

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie *
Stage Manager – Clara Costello *
Set Designer – Sadie Ward
Costume Designer – Mandi Johnson *
Lighting Designer – Julia Carlis *
Props Designer – Amy Pirkl *
Sound Designer – Topher Pirkl
Dramaturg – Christine “Kit” Gordon *
Fight Choreographer – Aaron Preusse
ASL Interpreter – Katie Johnson
ASL Interpreter – Rebecca Rick
Audio Describer – Michelle Storm
Directing Observer – Michaela Johnson

+Member of Actors’ Equity Association
*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

The Press

The Illusion is mentioned on Minnesota Playlist as part of the best of the 2014-15 theatre season!

“Theatre Pro Rata’s production of ‘The Illusion’ gives fresh breath to an old tale, in a staging where lovely language meets polished performance.”
“a memorable journey, both in word and deed.” –Pioneer Press

“The show’s design and direction are just as elegant as its polished performances.” –Minnesota Playlist

“funny, entertaining, and engaging”
“I saw my first Theatre Pro Rata show just over a year ago, and I’ve been impressed by everything I’ve seen since then.”
“it’s fun to see a lighter, more playful side to [Theatre Pro Rata] in The Illusion while still being thought-provoking and captivating.” –Cherry and Spoon

“a sparkling production that is ambitious in its direction and performances.” –Talkin’ Broadway

“The show is finely acted and gorgeous to look at” –City Pages

Art Hounds, MPR’s arts digest, features The Illusion. Sweet!
City Pages has a nice little chat with director Carin Bratlie about the show.
City Pages also gives a taste of what to expect with its preview of the production.
The Star Tribune mentions the show in its weekly Spotlight.
Broadway World announces the opening of the show.
BroadwayWorld article about the show.


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The Illusion is being produced by Theatre Pro Rata as part of Park Square’s “Theatres in Residence” Series. Theatre Pro Rata, along with Sandbox Theatre and Girl Friday Productions, will bring diverse aesthetic approaches and artistic forms, fresh talent as well as favorite faces to Park Square’s seasons over the next three years.

This activity was financed in part by the Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program.