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Rainpan 43: Elephant Room

Elaine and Roger Haydock Humor Program

Rainpan 43 performance group creates plays that are at once deeply profound and utterly ridiculous. In this candy-colored love letter to the world of magic, three deluded illusionists are living their off-center lives by sleight of hand. How long can that last? These three world-class tricksters—stage names Louie Magic, Dennis Diamond, and Daryl Hannah—perform magic that functions and fools just fine, until they begin to fall apart. Conjuring a work of experimental theater into a magic show, their feints are off-the-wall and their comedy sublime, all played on a set every bit as outrageous and surreal as the show (and really too wonderfully bizarre to be adequately explained here). 

Please note: a limited number of student tickets are available for these performances. CHF and MCA members receive a discounted ticket price. Red Badge access is not available for these performances. Instead, Charter Humanists receive the member price of $22 per ticket.

The Nov 3 (3 pm) and Nov 10 (3 pm) performances of Elephant Room are American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances.

These performances are generously underwritten by Elaine and Roger Haydock and are presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Photo by Gene Nelms

Speakers and Performers

Rainpan 43

Rainpan 43 creates innovative, absurdist plays that are at once deeply profound and utterly ridiculous. Their first work, all wear bowlers, premiered in 2003 and has toured all over the world. Sobelle and Lyford have created two other previous works for Rainpan 43, Amnesia Curiosa and machines machines machines machines machines machines machines, and have worked with the acclaimed Pig Iron Laboratories.

CHF Suggests

Leaders And Thinkers

Rainpan 43
The official website of the performance group

Good Reads

Behind the Magic
The Arena Stage interview with the magicians
Making a Magical Mystery Corps
WSJ reviews Elephant Room

Online Resources

Operation Zoo
Elephant Room visits The National Zoo [video]