Simple Magic

“Simple Magic explores the paradox of how love and illusion both sustain and ruin our lives.”

Inspired by the two phenomena common to all humans, love and death,Simple Magic considers the dilemma of how to move on after the death of a loved one. Simple Magic is a live one-woman performance, conceived and performed by an interdisciplinary puppeteer, Miriam Jones.

Project Collaborators: Keith Skretch, Emily Auble, Julianne Just, Alice Tavener, Ryan Bona, Leah Olbrich, Paul DePietro, Michael Darling, and Jessica Evans

After the death of the magician Thaddeus, his lover and assistant Hetty was both sustained and damaged by clinging to her bittersweet memories and glorified illusion of Thaddeus. The play starts at the moment that Hetty decides to overcome her grief by performing her own magic show, assuming his persona.

The Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts was established in 1998 to allow CalArts students to explore contemporary puppetry and performing objects. Housed in the School of Theater, this one-of-a-kind laboratory offers a framework for practical training, artistic innovation, aesthetic inquiry and interdisciplinary investigation. In keeping with the evolution of puppetry through the integration of different art forms, the center strives to combine puppet theater with the use of new technologies and emerging forms and practices that cut across traditional boundaries.