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Helder Guimarães in the Geffen Stayhouse production of The Present — Photo by Jeff Lorch

Geffen Playhouse today announced a four-week extension for The Present, its world premiere live, virtual and interactive theatrical experience written and performed by master illusionist, storyteller and Geffen alum Helder Guimarães. Directed by Academy Award nominee Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Indiana JonesGooniesBack to the Future), the initial four-week run sold out in less than one hour.

The Present marks the first full-length production to emerge from Geffen Playhouse’s new Geffen Stayhouse initiative.

The Present is inspired by Guimarães’ own life experience with quarantine during childhood. Using his signature mind-bending illusions, Guimarães leads us through a funny, moving and ultimately illuminating story of lessons he learned when he least expected it.

The Present will take place virtually via the Zoom platform with a maximum of 25 participants per show. Each participant will be mailed a sealed mystery package in advance, the contents of which will only be revealed during the course of each performance, as Guimarães’ story unfolds. In a unique twist, The Present will provide both a virtual and physical experience for the audience, as magic will also take place in their own hands, in their own home environment.

Previews for The Present begin Thursday, May 7. Opening night is Thursday, May 14. Shows continue through Sunday, July 5.


Monday                            No performance

Tuesday – Friday             8 p.m. PT

Saturday                           3 and 8 p.m. PT

Sunday                             2 and 7 p.m. PT

Running time: 45 minutes with no intermission


Tickets are currently priced at $85 per household. Available by phone at (310) 208-2028 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.org. Fees may apply. Given the unique nature and logistics of this production, tickets must be purchased at least 10-14 days in advance of any given performance date.