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528 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Minneapolis (Downtown) | 612-339-4944
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    I managed to embarrass myself in the early minutes of Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet Friday evening at Illusion Theater. In the opening minutes of his one-man play, Hatcher asked if anyone in the...
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Business Description

llusion Theater was founded in 1974 and presents its season on the 8th floor of the Hennepin Center for the Arts in downtown Minneapolis. Since the beginning, Producing Directors Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have led Illusion Theater in illuminating the illusions, myths, and realities of our times and in using the power of theater to catalyze personal and social change. In thirty-five years, Illusion has generated over 500 plays, developed thousands of artists, and created ground-breaking educational works. Plays developed at Illusion have been produced in theaters throughout the world. Illusion's work has catalyzed conversations in living rooms, kitchens, coffee houses, and board rooms, and has led to transformations in policy, in organizations, in students, and in individuals.

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