Masquerades and Murder

Pierre Corneille’s 17th Century classic L’illusion Comique is brought to life by Dyson Performing Arts students on January 31-February 4.

Voodoo, mystery, lust, love, jealousy, murder, buffoonery, betrayal, reality, and illusion. Sound intriguing to you? Head on over to the Schaeberle Studio Theater on the NYC Campus to see Performing Arts students take the stage in L’illusion Comique, adapted and directed by Pace student Kevin P. Joyce.

Performances will be held on January 31-February 4 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and can be reserved by emailing  

In this new adaptation of Corneille’s masquerade of buffoonery, betrayal, and beauty, set in 1916 New Orleans, Pridamant, a wealthy aging lawyer, seeks the aid of Alcandre, a voodoo priestess, to find his estranged son Clindor. Alcandre conjures visions of Clindor’s adventures and foils including the love labyrinth between he, the wealthy Isabelle, her suitor Adraste, the clownish Matamore, and the sly maid Lyse. The visions become a farce of plots, passions, tears, trials, magic, and… murder. To get a sneak peek, check out this video.