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Elephant Room

JAN 20 – FEB 26, 2012

By Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle
Illustration by Lou Beach

Directed by Paul Lazar
a co-premiere between the
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA and Arena Stage, Washington, DC
The Cradle Season is sponsored by Arlene and Robert Kogod.

in the Kogod Cradle

Imaginative Theatricality

Combine the glory of a Styx reunion tour, with the transcendental power of a 200-year-old Zuni shaman and add a dash of trailer park ennui and you come close to describing the mystical pull of a trip to the Elephant Room. From the uninhibited, "engaging" (Washington Post) absurdist performance duo Rainpan 43 and actor-magician Steve Cuiffo comes a new theatrical event. 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.

Elephant Room runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission.


“Brilliant and ridiculously funny …
a magical psychedelic journey.”

Brightest Young Things

“Utterly incredible … keeps the magic coming fast and furiously.”

Washington Examiner

“Really fun … a 75-minute act of misdirection.”

DC Theatre Scene

5 Stars!… one funny production
that you don’t want to miss!”

MD Theatre Guide

American Voices

Louie Magic

Louie Magic

I'm very excited to be working at Arena Stage this season. It has always been my dream to perform in arenas ever since I saw my first Warrant show at the Meadowlands in 1987. And now, my dream is coming true. And that's what magic is! Making all of your dreams come true. Within Elephant Room, you are invited into a world of mystery where the curtain is pulled back and the secrets are revealed. Or, are they? That's the mysterious thing about the Elephant Room. ...Things are not as they seem. And that's the kind of world we all ought to live in.