Feb. 20, 2012. BOONE — The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre presents “The Illusion” in the state of the art Valborg Theatre in Chapell Wilson on campus. This twist-and-turns drama runs from Feb. 29 through March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels In America) adapts the work of Pierre Corneille’s L’illusion Comique by telling the magical story of Pridamant of Avagnon (played by ASU senior Sean Browne) who is desperate to reconnect with his estranged son. He consults Alcandre the magician (junior Victor Rivera) for assistance, and from there, the play becomes a fantastical journey of romantic, heart-felt passion and the important relationship between parents and children. The ASU production is surrounded by a glittering set and elaborate costumes, which lends well to its poetic, fairy-tale nature.
Director and ASU Professor Derek Gagnier describes The Illusion as “the joys and pains of being a parent and a child,” and states that “while the production is set in France in 1639, its parables could be as modern as last week.” Gagnier also hopes that the audience may recognize themselves in the characters portrayed by the talented all-student cast.
Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 2-5 p.m., online at http://www.theatre.appstate.edu/performances or by phone at (828) 262-3063. Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $13 for faculty/staff and seniors and $15 for adults. More information is available online at www.theatre.appstate.edu.
The Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Arts center on King Street. Parking on campus is available after 5 p.m. in faculty lots, the College Street deck near Belk Library and the Rivers Street parking deck.