Fresh works by local playwrights.


Illusion theater is proud to be producing three unique world premiere works. This summer, we are working with Jeffrey Hatcher, Carlyle Brown, and Beth Gilleland.

Jeffrey Hatcher (left) and Sandra Struthers

Jeffrey Hatcher (left) and Sandra Struthers


June 13th - 16th, 2019



In an airplane over the Atlantic is a woman en route to The Netherlands to find out if her sister is alive. She does this once a month.  She’s been doing it for years.  Her sister lives in the upper room of a house in Amsterdam. If there’s a key on a string dangling from the window, she’ll know it’s safe to go up.  If not, her sister is dead.  This is her last visit. Two sisters. Two stories. One actress.  


AT ILLUSION: Three Viewings, The Turn of the Screw, No Strings, Good ‘n Plenty, Mercy of a Storm, Murderers, Mrs. Mannerly, What’s the Word For, A Night in Olympus (book). BROADWAY: Never Gonna Dance (book).  
OFF-BROADWAY: Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theatre Club; The Government Inspector at Red Bull; Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Lucky Duck (book w/Bill Russell) at New Victory; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at The Minetta Lane; Murder by Poe, The Turn of the Screw, and A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur’s Court at The Acting Company; Ten Chimneys at Peccadillo; Neddy at American Place; and Fellow Travelers at Manhattan Punchline.
OTHER PLAYS/THEATERS: Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Mrs. Mannerly, Murderers,Mercy of a Storm, Smash, Armadale, Korczak’s Children, Work Song (with Eric Simonson),  To Fool the Eye, Sherlock Holmes and the Suicide Club, Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet, The Scarecrow and His Servant, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Critic, Holmes and Watson,and others at The Guthrie, Old Globe, Yale Rep, The Geffen, Seattle Rep, the Huntington Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Arizona Theater Company, San Jose Rep, The Empty Space, Indiana Rep, Children’s Theater Company, History Theater, Madison Rep, Intiman, Illusion, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Actors Theater of Louisville, Philadelphia Theater Company, Asolo, City Theater, Studio Arena, and dozens more in the U.S. and abroad.
FILM/ TV: Stage Beauty, Casanova, The Duchess, Mr. Holmes, and episodes of Columbo and The Mentalist.  Upcoming: The Good Liar starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.  GRANTS/AWARDS: NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Barrymore Award Best New Play, and 2013 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award. Member: The Playwrights Center, alumnus New Dramatists.