Written and directed by David Feldshuh
February 8-24, 2018 (Preview Feb. 7)
Illusion Theater

Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 8th Floor
528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Box office:  612-339-4944 or www.illusiontheater.org
Tickets: $25-$48



(MINNEAPOLIS; January 2, 2018) – Illusion Theater is proud to present the world premiere of DANCING WITH GIANTS, an optimistic tale of dangerous lies and stronger bonds, starring Broadway/Film/TV star Tovah Feldshuh.  Opening February 8, Dancing With Giants will be at Illusion’s downtown Minneapolis theater, located on the eighth floor of the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts at 528 Hennepin Ave., through February 24.

Politics and sports, fabrication and fact, comedy and drama all collide in this riveting and entertaining theatrical adventure covering 30 years in 90 minutes. Dancing with Giants recounts a remarkable friendship jeopardized by the world’s most powerful liar. In the years leading up to World War II, three very different men – New York wheeler-dealer boxing manager Joe "Yussel the Muscle" Jacobs, German Boxing champion Max Schmeling and American World Champion boxing great Joe Louis – form a singular bond. For this friendship to survive, they must battle the ruthless manipulation of the truth by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda and Enlightenment.

Tovah Feldshuh (The Walking Dead, Salvation, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) plays the unforgettable Yussel, a jokester and savvy, man-about-town, who finds himself dancing at the feet of three giants of history. Tovah Feldshuh is joined by Sam Bardwell as Max Schmeling, Ricky Morisseau as Joe Louis and James Cunningham as Dr. Goebbels.

Written and directed by Tovah’s brother David Feldshuh (author of Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, Miss Evers’ Boys), Dancing With Giants is a moving and humorous story inspired by real events. This world premiere production serves as a milestone for Illusion and the playwright. He was the first outside director the company used when it produced Orlando Orlando (adapted from the Virginia Woolf novel by John Orlock). That play premiered at the Walker Art Center in 1976 and toured the country for three years. In addition, the Illusion helped develop Feldshuh’s acclaimed 1992 stage play, Miss Evers’ Boys, which went on to become an award-winning HBO movie.

Feldshuh’s creative team features the talents of Roberta Carlson (composer, music direction), Jonathan Carlson (video design), Mike Grogan (lighting), Dean Holzman (sets), Barb Portinga (costumes), Don Tindal (sound) and Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan (movement coordinators).

Tickets to Dancing With Giants are $25-48. The Feb. 7 Preview is $15 and Sunday shows are “Pay-What-You-Want.” Group discounts are available for 10 or more people. Tickets are available at the Illusion Theater Box Office at 612-339-4944 or online at www.illusiontheater.org.


Performance Schedule
Wednesday, February 7          7:30pm - Preview
Thursday, February 8              7:30pm - Opening
Friday, February 9                   7:30pm
Saturday, February 10            1:00pm & 7:30pm
Thursday, February 15            10:00am & 7:30pm
Friday, February 16                 7:30pm
Saturday, February 17            1:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, February 18              2:00pm
Friday, February 23                 7:30pm
Saturday, February 24            1:00pm & 7:30pm


About Illusion Theater

Since the Illusion Theater’s beginning in 1974, Producing Directors Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have used the power of theater to catalyze personal and social change, illuminating the illusions, myths, and realities of our times. In 43 years, Illusion has generated over 500 plays, developed thousands of artists and created ground-breaking educational works.  Plays developed at Illusion have been produced in theaters throughout the world.  Illusion’s work has catalyzed conversations in living rooms, kitchens, coffee houses, schools and board rooms, and has led to transformations in policy, in organizations and in individuals.