Starring Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, and Daryl Hannah
Live Arts Festival
Theater / 75 minutes
Plays and Players Theater
“It's extra-specially rare to have three illusionists working together. That the three of us even agreed to be on the same bill is a miracle—audiences have a right to be excited. There are things that you can do with three that just aren't possible with one.”
“A big ball of hi-larious and mezmerizing artertainment . . . mark my words—and your calendar—this show is going to be gangbusters.”
Festival Creative Producers
Photo: Gregory Costanzo, David Devant, Kevin Monko, (c) Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net
Dear Esteemed Reader,
You are cordially invited to a clandestine place. The place between the back of your mind and the tip of your tongue. Call it a room. Yes, reader, let’s pretend it’s a room—a real room. And you’re really here . . . in this room. The Elephant Room. I see you reading these words. You have beautiful eyes, by the way.
Since the dawn of time mankind has consulted their mystics, their gurus, their warlocks, to unlock the secrets of the physical universe. Mankind, look no further! For the first time in the greater Philadelphia area, three world-class semi-pro conjurors Dennis Diamond, Daryl Hannah, and Louie Magic take you on a journey you never even knew existed. Prepare to be confounded, amazed, and mystified until you are slack-mouthed and twitching, beyond remedy in a puddle of your own crushed perception.
(Sorry, that’s just what we do.)
The Elephant Room
“The great dramatist Shakespeare wrote: Only an idiot would strut and fret for an hour upon the stage. Well let me tell you, we do not fret during this hour-long show. We mostly do magic instead.”
In short: three illusionists, two acts, one room, zero boring stuff, sub-zero intelligence.
In the winter of 2010–11 writers Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, and Geoff Sobelle set out to research the performative techniques of magicians. They were taken under the wing of Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, and Daryl Hannah, who granted them access to the Elephant Room. Forever changed by what they witnessed, the authors persuaded the magicians to showcase their craft at the Live Arts Festival. Three illusionists. Two acts. Zero boring stuff.
Written by Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, and Geoff Sobelle in collaboration with the magicians Direction Paul Lazar Magicians/Performers Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, Daryl Hannah
Previous Live Arts shows include: Amnesia Curiosa (2006), all wear bowlers (2005).
Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
* Post-show discussion on Sept 11 moderated by Dan Rothenberg, co-artistic director, Pig Iron Theater Company.
Elephant Room was commissioned by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, California, and is presented by special arrangement with Arena Stage, Washington, DC. Elephant Room is funded in part by the Creative Capital Foundation. Elephant Room was funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. Additional support was provided by the Live Arts Brewery (LAB) programs, which are supported by The Kresge Foundation, the Independence Foundation, and The PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive. Elephant Room was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Pilot, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.