Escondido, CA

North Coast Repertory to premiere “The Illusion” Feb. 22

Cast members of “The Illusion,” opening soon at North Coast Repertory Theater.

Cast members of “The Illusion,” opening soon at North Coast Repertory Theater.

North Coast Repertory Theatre proudly presents “The Illusion,” hailed by The New York Times as “Fantastical… takes your breath away.” Legendary playwright Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) displays his brilliance in this wildly inventive tour de force, which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theatre.

Employing crackling, contemporary language and sheer artistry, Kushner creates this most joyfully theatrical play: a supremely entertaining tale of passion, regret, love and magic. Freely adapted from Pierre Corneille’s “L’Illusion Comique,” “The Illusion” was praised by Chicago Theatre Beat as ”hilarious, dreamlike and startlingly poignant”.

David Ellenstein directs Andrew Ableson, Kandis Chappell, Christina L. Flynn, John Greenleaf, John Herzog, Michael Polak, Sharon Reitkerk, and Paul Turbiak.

The design team includes Marty Burnett (Scenic Design), Matthew Novotny (Lighting), Melanie Chen (Sound), Elisa Benzoni (Costumes), Andrea Gutierrez (Props) and Peter Herman (Wig & Hair), and Abby Caywood (Costume Design Assistant). Christopher Williams is the Stage Manager.

“The Illusion” previews begin Wednesday, February 22. Opening Night on Saturday, February 25, at 8pm, includes a post-show reception. There will be a special talk-back on Friday, March 3, with the cast and artistic director. It will play Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. with Sundays at 7 p.m., through March 19.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Tickets: Previews – $42, Week Nights – $49; Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.- $53; Sat. Mat. & Sun. Night – $46. Seniors, Students, Military – $3 off admission. Call 858- 481-1055 or visit to purchase tickets.

About the North Coast Repertory Theatre

North Coast Repertory Theatre is a professional Equity theatre founded in 1982, currently celebrating its 35th season, North Coast Rep has received critical acclaim from media and audiences alike, and has evolved into one of the area’s leading performing arts organizations.

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