November 28, 2012 · 7:30 PM
This is a film of an off-Broadway production that toys with death and fear. It’s a psychological rollercoaster that will test with your notions of what’s real and what isn’t.
The play was co-written by magicians Todd Robbins and Teller -- Robbins stars and Teller directed. Teller is best known as the non-speaking half of the illusionist duo Penn & Teller. The show also features Charlotte Pines as Margery Crandon, Geri Berman as Eusapia Palladino, Don Meehan as Albert Fish, and Drea Lorraine as Phantoms.
The show features carefully crafted tricks and illusions ranging from killing a real audience member to contact with the dead. Play Dead began with two weeks of workshop performances in Las Vegas in September 2010 at the Rio, the home of Penn and Teller. Teller told the opening night audience that the show marked the first time ever that a show was created in Las Vegas to bring to New York, and was headed directly for an off-Broadway venue in New York City. It opened for previews on October 21, 2010, and opened officially November 10, 2010 at the Players Theatre on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village.
During the last performances of the off-Broadway show, Teller hired New York filmmaker Shade Rupe to document the show. After receiving the material, Teller and editor Emery Emery crafted the material into a finished performance film, which the world premiered to great acclaim for a sold-out crowd on July 27, 2012, at the 16th Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec.
Free admission • Plenty of parking • Bookstore open
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