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Elephant Room: Dust from the Stars

Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle, Steve Cuiffo

September 23-September 26

2020 Fringe Festival

60 minutes



Closed Captioning

Catch lost transmissions from the Elephant Room as magicians turned astro-nots Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond, and Louie Magic float on through bent time and collapsed space in an interactive sci-fi sequel to Fringe favorite Elephant Room (2011 Fringe Festival; FringeArts 2013). 

Set in the distant year 2020 against a dystopian backdrop of near total planetary collapse—a mysterious plague ravages the earth, temperatures are heating up, chaos rules the streets, democracy hangs by a thread as autocratic regimes seek to divide and conquer the planet’s empires. 

Watch in disbelief as they travel through the vortex of our collective space conscious! Join them as they bring you along for a bumpy ride! And help them as they try to figure out how to use their spacecraft! Magic, adventure, dance numbers and mayhem ensue as the Elephant Room punches the Zoom button and blows the dust from the stars.

Created and Performed by: Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, and Geoff Sobelle
Directed by: Paul Lazar
Production Stage Manager: Lisa McGinn
Sets: Julian Crouch
Sound: Andrew Schneider
Films: Derrick Belcham, Daryl Hannah
Original Score: Daryl Hannah

Elephant Room: Dust from the Stars was commissioned and produced by Center Theater Group, LA, and was developed with assistance and residencies from St. Ann’s Warehouse with additional support from the Orchard Project.
Closed captioning is available during each performance.


Wednesday, Sept 23 at 8pm Thursday, Sept 24 at 8pm Friday, Sept 25 at 8pm Saturday, Sept 26 at 8pm



Happy Hour on the Fringe

Artistic Producers Katy Dammers and Zach Blackwood sit down with the team behind Elephant Room: Dust from the Stars, a sequel to FringeArts’ previous presentation of Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford, and Steve Cuiffo’s magical clown show. From the artists that brought you Festival favorites like HOME and The Accountant, Elephant Room: Dust from the Stars puts magicians Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond, and Louie Magic out in space! Listen up as Geoff, Trey, and Steve talk about what audiences can expect in this second installment, and how they might experience Elephant Room on Zoom! 

About the Artists

Trey Lyford has recently returned to Philadelphia where he has been making theater for nearly two decades. Fifteen of those years has been spent co-creating, producing and performing with theater artist Geoff Sobelle as the duo rainpan 43. Their works include all wear bowlers, Amnesia Curiosa, machines machines machines machines machines machines machines, and Elephant Room.  Locally Mr. Lyford has worked as a director and actor with various companies including: Theater Horizon, 1812 Productions, Pig Iron, FringeArts, The Arden, The Wilma and Walnut Street theaters. He is an Associate Artist with the Obie-Award winning company The Civilians (Gone Missing, Paris Commune, Nobody’s Lunch, The Great Immensity) and has created original pieces with various companies both domestically and abroad.

Mr. Lyford also develops and produces works as an individual artist under his company gimmick. His most recent new work The Accountant was supported by the PEW Center for Arts and Heritage and premiered at FringeArts in fall 2018.  His next work will be delving into the world of Boy Bands. MFA: UCSD.  Faculty:  UArts and Pig Iron’s APT.

Geoff Sobelle is an actor, director and creator of original performance works. A dedicated absurdist, he uses illusion, film and home-spun mechanics to create surreal, poetic pieces that look for humanity where you least expect it and find grace where no one is looking. His work is deeply collaborative and reflects long time partnerships with other independent artists. His most recent works include: HOME (recently presented at BAM Next Wave) and The Object Lesson (BAM Next Wave “14. Bessie Award, Edinburgh Fringe First, Total Theater, and Best of Edinburgh Awards), which was presented last season at New York Theatre Workshop. Other recent work includes: Hear Their There Here (a site-specific installation currently at St. Ann’s Warehouse): Holoscenes (an aquatic performance/installation created with Lars Jan) and Pandaemonium (a multi-media dance piece created with Nichole Canuso and Lars Jan). His work with Trey Lyford under the name Rainpan 43 includes: all wear bowlers (a dreamscape clown vaudeville – Drama Desk Nomination), Amnesia Curiosa, (a cabinet of curiosities, spirits and forgotten family), machines machines machines machines machines machines (a rube-goldberg-inspired junk play – Obie Award for Dufala Bros* design) and Elephant Room (a surreal magical spectacle created with Steve Cuiffo). Independent work includes Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (a comedy about human extinction – Edinburgh Fringe-First award). Before coming to New York, Geoff lived in Philadelphia where he created and performed original works with Pig Iron Theater Company for twelve years. Geoff was among the first teachers at the Pig Iron School, an accredited two-year physical theater training program in Philly. Other Philadelphia collaborations include: Headlong Dance Theatre, Subcircle, NCDC and Thaddeus Phillips Intercontinental. Almost all of his original works have premiered at the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.
In New York, his work has been seen at BAM Next Wave, St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York Live Arts, HERE Arts Center, BRIC, Clubbed Thumb and Bard College; nationally in Philadelphia (FringeArts), Boston (Arts Emerson). Washington DC (Studio Theater), Minneapolis (Walker Arts Center), Columbus (Wexner Center), San Francisco (Curran, Theater Artaud), Berkeley (Berkeley Rep), Los Angeles (Kirk Douglas Theatre), La Jolla (La Jolla Playhouse); internationally in the UK (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London Mime Festival/ Barbican); France (Paris Festival d’Ete); Gemany (Ruhrfestspiele); Poland (Konfrontacja Teatralne Festival); Australia (Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Commonwealth Games); South Korea (BIPAF), New Zealand (NZ Festival), Taiwan (Taipei Arts Festival).
Geoff is a Pew Fellow and a Creative Capital grantee. He is a graduate of Stanford University and trained in physical theater at the Lecoq school in Paris.

Steve Cuiffo: Off-Broadway credits include Dana H. (Vineyard Theatre); The Thin Place (Playwrights Horizons); Old Hats, Antipodes (Signature); Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading… (Soho Rep.); Home, The Object Lesson (BAM); Consultant on several of David Blaine’s ABC television specials, and Magic Director for the U.S. and U.K. tour of “David Blaine Live”. Co-Founder of SECRET ARTS, a creative company that develops visual effects and illusions for theater, film and special events. Associate performing artist with The Wooster Group. Co-creator of Elephant Room, an absurdist magic extravaganza.


Elephant Room: Dust from the Stars was commissioned by Center Theater Group, LA, and was developed with assistance and residencies from St. Ann’s Warehouse with additional support from the Orchard Project. 

Festival Producers: Larry & Ann Rosen Spector

Festival Co-Producers: Bill & Joyce Kunkle; Cat, Annie, & Steven Bohnenberger

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