Crawfordsville, IN -- Auditions for the upcoming Wabash College Theater production of Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion, freely adapted by Tony Kushner, will be held on January 14 and 15, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in Ball Theater in Wabash College Fine Arts Center. There are roles for six men and two women; no previous experience required. The two women's roles are for characters between 15 and 25 years of age.
Scripts for The Illusion may be signed out from the Fine Arts Center Box Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Wabash College's production of The Illusion will be presented for four performances February 18-21, 2004. This modern rendering of L’Illusion Comique by Pierre Corneille (1606-1684) tells the story of a contrite father, Pridamant, who seeks news of the prodigal son he ordered from his house years before. Pridamant goes to a magician, Alcandre, who conjures three episodes from the young man’s life. Inexplicably, each scene finds the boy in a slightly different world: names change, allegiances shift and fairy-tale simplicity evolves into elegant tragedy. Pridamant watches, enthralled by his son’s struggles, but only as the strange tale reaches its conclusion does he confront the ultimate – and unexpected – truth about his son. An enchanting argument for the triumph of theatrical imagination over reality, The Illusion weaves obsession and caprice, romance and murder, fact and fiction, into an enticing exploration of the greatest illusion of all – love. Corneille’s play has been freely adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America.