Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces The Journey: An immersive theatrical event from famed illusionist Scott Silven, live from his home in Scotland for a limited engagement only, January 12–24, 2021.
Hailed as a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, this intimate live experience transports 30 participants at a time from their living rooms to Silven’s own childhood home in rural Scotland—carrying on the longstanding international tradition of the acclaimed WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare series.
Scott Silven has mesmerized audiences around the globe for more than a decade with seemingly impossible illusions. But when the pandemic cancelled Silven’s world tours and confined him in his home outside of Glasgow, he was inspired to devise The Journey, an all-new virtual experience exploring our collective sense of home and the transformative power of place.
The production team has converted the artist’s home into a one-of-a-kind performance space equipped with an innovative audio-visual platform, allowing participants to share the experience on-screen with Silven and each other through elaborate projections. Over the course of the show, audience members are tasked with sharing a meaningful object from their lives, which Silven seamlessly incorporates into his logic-defying illusions.
Created and performed by Scott Silven, The Journey is directed by Allie Winton Butler, designed by Jeff Sugg, and written by Rob Drummond—with sound design by Gareth Fry and music composed by Jherek Bischof. The Journey is produced by Double M Arts & Events, LLC and Journey Productions Limited. It was created with the generous support of The Momentary and co-commissioned by The Broad Stage, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, Arizona Arts Live, Traverse Theatre, Purdue Convocations, Utah Presents and Krannert Center - University of Illinois.