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May 22, 2003

Alumni group brings greatest illusion of all to the stage

Photo of Paul Fearn and Scott Adams  as the magician Alcandre and his assistant, the Amanuensis, conjure up theatrical wondersThe CSUS Alumni Theatre Project will present The Illusion, a comedic adventure adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner from Pierre Corneille’s original play, June 13-29 in the Shasta Hall Playwrights’ Theatre. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on June 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 and at 2 p.m. on June 22 and 29.

The production tells the story of a contrite father, estranged from his son for 15 years, who enlists the aid of a sorcerer to seek news of his son. The adventure begins as the sorcerer conjures up images from the son’s life and forces the father to watch the struggles his son must endure.

Along the way, the audience treated to the suspense of sword fights, betrayal and murder, and the comedy of raving lunatics and jealous lovers. As the strange tale reaches its conclusion, the father confronts the ultimate and unexpected truth about his son and experiences the greatest illusion of all – love.

The Illusion is produced by Scott Adams and directed by Ed Trafton, both alumni of the theatre and dance department. Tickets are $12 general, $10 for CSUS Alumni Association members, SARTA members and groups, and $5 for students and are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at www.tickets.com.

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