In & Of Itself


In & Of Itself

May 3 - August 28, 2016
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Created & Performed by Derek DelGaudio
Directed by Frank Oz
World Premiere

"Might be the best piece of theater you'll see this year. Magic has been officially redefined!" Los Angeles magazine
"An unexpected puzzle of a show. Raises questions about how identity is felt, expressed, and perceived." – Los Angeles Times
"It's hard to imagine any evening at the theater being more personal, more moving, or more magical." – Los Angeles magazine
“Your eyes betray you at every turn, showing you events that seemingly could not have possibly taken place – and yet they have.” –

"In & Of Itself makes the case for the art of magic with the power of storytelling. Derek DelGaudio isn’t just performing magic tricks but presenting a moving deeply personal and compelling narrative, using magic as a metaphor to reach a deeper truth.” – /Film

"An enticing and intelligently moving show by a great magical artist." – Steve Martin
"Derek has created the best magic show I’ve ever seen and that might be damning with faint praise. It’s Marcel Duchamp and Andy Kaufman if they could do perfect bottom deals. It will blow your mind." – Penn Jillette
"Imagine what Samuel Beckett would have written if he'd been optimistic, American, and a virtuoso magician." – Teller
"Derek isn't just raising the bar, he's moving the whole stadium. He's changing the game, and it's exhilarating to watch." – David Blaine

In & Of Itself is a show constructed as a metaphoric labyrinth, filled with allegorical illusions and centered around a single paradoxical truth. From the writer and producers of the highly acclaimed Nothing to Hide and Director Frank Oz, comes the new show by Derek DelGaudio, In & Of Itself, produced by Glenn Kaino and Tom Werner with original music by Mark Mothersbaugh.

No one under the age of 16 will be admitted to this production.
There is no late seating and no re-entry while the performance is in progress. 




Meet The Artists

DEREK DelGAUDIO (Creator & Performer)
Derek DelGaudio is a writer, performance artist and two-time Academy of Magical Arts Award-winning magician. He wrote and starred in the show Nothing to Hide. He was selected to be the Artist in Residence for Walt Disney Imagineering. Derek co-founded, along with Glenn Kaino, the performance-art collective, A.BANDIT. He has staged works at LAxART, Art L.A. Contemporary, SoHo House Hollywood, Art Basel Miami, and The Kitchen in New York City, as well as site-specific performances for Grand Arts, The Ball of Artists and LACMA.

FRANK OZ (Director)
Frank Oz is a four-time Emmy winner, recipient of The Art Director’s Guild Award, The Comedy Award, Saturn Lifetime Achievement Award and George Foster Peabody Award, among others. He’s performed with The Muppets and on the Star Wars Films. The dozen feature films he directed include: Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, In & Out, The Score and Death at a Funeral.

GLENN KAINO (Producer)
Glenn Kaino is a conceptual artist based in Los Angeles. In 2012 he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the country in the 13th International Cairo Biennale and he has had additional solo exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum; The Studio Museum in Harlem, Grand Arts; The Modern Ft. Worth; The Whitney Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and REDCAT, among others. Kaino has also been included in numerous group exhibitions such as the 12th Lyon Biennial, Whitney Biennial, Performa 09 and Prospect.3. With DelGaudio, he co-founded A.BANDIT and the group has its first artist monograph coming out later this year.

TOM WERNER (Producer)
In addition to his membership in the Television Academy Hall of Fame, Tom Werner has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America. That is why he has such a strong respect for illusionists. The Carsey Werner Company, which Marcy Carsey and he cofounded, has produced over 2000 hours of quality half-hour television, and it has won numerous Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, and Peabody Awards. In the last fourteen years, Werner has also been the Chairman of the Boston Red Sox, and the club has won 3 World Series after a drought of 86 years. Werner is extremely proud of his association with Derek DelGaudio and he helped produced the critically acclaimed Nothing to Hide when it traveled to N.Y.C. after its record-breaking run at the Geffen Playhouse.

ADAM BLUMENTHAL (Lighting Designer)
Previously with Derek DelGaudio: Nothing to Hide directed by Neil Patrick Harris at the Geffen Playhouse and Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre and A.BANDIT: Experiments From The [Space] Between (Kitchen Theatre Company, N.Y.C.). Other work includes world premieres of Above the Fold (Pasadena Playhouse) and Manhattan Parisienne, written by Alain Boublil and directed by Graciela Daniele (59e59 N.Y.C.). New York: Signature Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Joe’s Pub, Kitchen Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Clements, Players Theatre, Theatre Row. Los Angeles: Kodak Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, East West Players, Colony, Matrix, Odyssey, Los Angeles Theatre Center. B.F.A. University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts.

JAMES GRABOWSKI (Sound Designer)
James Grabowski is thrilled to be designing sound for In & Of Itself. He joined the Geffen family 16 years ago with the goal of paying off his student loans. Before he could pay them off 12 years ago, he fell in love with the Geffen — not only for the artistic dedication to creating and producing original works, but also for the Geffen’s many community outreach programs, ranging from serious programs such as the educational High School Partnership Program and veteran’s outreach programs to fun, charitable programs such as the Playing For Good poker tournaments or Wine Down Sundays. James is proud to have been involved with every production and concert the Geffen has mounted for the past 16 years. He is honored to have worked with world-class designers, directors, actors, singers, musicians, and magicians — as well as the Geffen’s amazing staff.

Mark Mothersbaugh is a founding member and frontman of the popular band DEVO. He has been a prolific visual and musical artist since before the band’s inception, with a diverse body of work that includes albums, soundtracks, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, prints, eyewear and rugs. Mothersbaugh created the often-imitated sound of Wes Anderson’s beloved films with his scores to Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic. He also composed the musical scores for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the Rugrats series and films, The Lego Movie, Hotel Transylvania, both 21 and 22 Jump Street and hundreds of other films, television series and advertisements.

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Performance Info

No one under the age of 16 will be admitted to this production.

65 minutes, no intermission.

There is no late seating and no re-entry while the performance is in progress.