by Lucas Hnath with Steve Cuiffo
directed by Lucas Hnath
A Simulacrum was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA.
Atlantic stage 2
May 25 – July 9, 2023
Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath (Dana H.) directs this unique collaboration starring sleight of hand artist and illusion designer Steve Cuiffo.
Lucas is a playwright. Steve is a magician. Lucas asked Steve to show him some magic tricks. Steve did. And this is what happened.
“An engaging performer, what Cuiffo is doing shouldn’t be understated. Hnath’s interrogations reveal an incisive thinker. What magic and theater have in common is the wonder, the spectacle that ironically sends you back to your reality with a new outlook.”
“Like a good magic routine, A Simulacrum begins with something ordinary and ends with something astounding!”
“Cuiffo is astonishing, engaging, charming & unequivocally devoted to his artistic passion. It’s an increasingly human & telling exploration of the inner workings of the artist. The wonderment of Steve Cuiffo’s illusions is not just about how he does it, but why he does it. You have till July 2 to find out!”
“You just may find a deeper piece of yourself that you were previously too afraid to share; in doing so, you may discover where the true magic lies.”
“Hnath does not disappoint! Cuiffo has a charming presence & natural warmth. Actors train for years to achieve what he can do easily. Go and enjoy the thrill of discovering it all. Magic is in the air!”
“I left the theatre entertained, pondering & believing in magic, the magic of original, whimsical, thoughtfully produced theatre & its power to push us into unexplored regions of our own hearts & minds.”
Photos by Ahron R. Foster.