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Project Premiere: Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle's "Elephant Room" at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn

March 8, 2012



New York Premiere
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY
March 22 – April 8, 2012

Three magicians. Two acts. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence. It's time to make it all add up…in the Elephant Room.

Writers Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle 2009 Performing Arts) team up with legendary illusionists Dennis Diamond, Daryl Hannah and Louie Magic to create an experience you weren't even aware existed. Don’t miss the New York premiere of their Creative Capital-supported project, Elephant Room, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, March 22 – April 8.

Combine the glory of a Styx reunion tour with the transcendental power of a 200-year-old Zuni shaman, then add a dash of trailer park ennui and you come close to describing the mystical pull of a trip to the Elephant Room. Let’s pretend it’s a room—a real room. And you’re really here. In the Elephant Room. Oh, and by the way—your mind was just totally blown clean through the back of your head.

Filled with off-the-wall magic and sublime comedy, Elephant Room examines the childlike wonder of three deluded illusionists who choose to live their off-center lives by sleight of hand. The New York premiere at St. Ann's Warehouse follows an acclaimed run of Elephant Room at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, hailed as "ridiculously funny" and "utterly incredible" by local press. Watch videos and learn more about the magicians on the Elephant Room website.

Elephant Room was written by Cuiffo, Lyford and Sobelle, in collaboration with the magicians, and directed by Paul Lazar. Elephant Room was commissioned by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CA, and co-premiered between Arena Stage, Washington, DC (Molly Smith, Artistic Director and Edgar Dobbie, Managing Director) and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA. Elephant Room is funded in part by Creative Capital, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative and the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Pilot, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support was provided by Hunter College Department of Theatre and the Live Arts Brewery (LAB) programs, which are supported by The Kresge Foundation, the Independence Foundation and The PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive.


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