I love watching magic shows, and I love it when great magicians fool me. But I'm also deeply skeptical. I love discovering the technical magic that goes into the creation of tricks, devouring all that I can about how individual illusions are built and what it takes for such skills to be learned over time. There's one trick in The Present, a new 70-minute work from the Geffen Playhouse and illusionist Helder Guimarães, that I will never be able to figure out. And it's the one that I took part in. Currently sold out through August 16, The Present was created in response to the coronavirus
Geffen Playhouse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain, and inspire.
Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays as well as provocative world premiere productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that garners national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates and is currently helmed by Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., Artistic Director Matt Shakman and Board Chair Howard Tenenbaum. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains extensive education and community engagement programs, designed to involve underserved young people and the community at large in the arts.