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The Present is inspired by Helder Guimarães’ own life experience with quarantine during childhood. Using his signature mind-bending illusions, Guimarães recalls the funny, moving, and ultimately illuminating lessons he learned when he least expected them.

Having sold out its entire 24 week run with rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, The Present has become one of the most successful interactive virtual shows of 2020. We're opening up the production to the entire world for one, final blow-out spectacular live-streaming event, with donation proceeds directly supporting COVID-19 relief for artists and arts professionals.


A core group of 24 invited participants comprised of special guests will participate with Guimarães in the grand finale Zoom performance. Audiences will be able to purchase viewing-only tickets for $25 to watch on Stellar, a new premium streaming company for live entertainment that delivers exceptional theater experiences on every device.

Audiences can request a mystery envelope to be mailed for just $15 more (International: $25), including some of the same contents from the original mystery boxes, allowing everyone to experience the magic of the show in their own hands.

Note: Due to shipping time, mystery envelopes are only available for orders through September 30 for United States / September 16 for International.


100% of these tax-deductible donations will benefit the COVID-19 emergency relief funds for The Actors Fund and Arts Administrators of Color Network; both providing direct assistance to artists, crew, administrators, and other entertainment professionals currently experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund


The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has provided more than $15 million in emergency financial assistance to over 12,000 people who work in performing arts and entertainment. With shutdowns on Broadway and in film and television, theater, concerts, dance, music and many other areas of entertainment, the need is great and growing. This emergency financial assistance is helping our most vulnerable and those in financial crisis to cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more.

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Founded in July 2016, the Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC) is a volunteer-led arts services network that focuses on supporting the specific needs of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists and arts administrators. AAC’s pillar programs include an annual convening, a mentoring program, year-round professional development, networking and affinity space opportunities, and a monthly podcast called Art Accordingly. In 2019, they began the Accomplices Leadership Institute which is geared towards white folks in the arts who are interested in dismantling systems of oppression and racism in their everyday lives and workplaces.

In March 2020, AAC created the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund. The Fund raises money specifically for BIPOC artists and arts leaders who are experiencing financial need during the pandemic. As of August 2020, they have raised approximately $110,000 that are being distributed through $200 microgrants.

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Performance Information

Running Time
70 minutes, no intermission.
Late Seating

The virtual lobby will open 30 minutes prior to your showtime. Be sure to log on at least 15 minutes prior to your showtime so we can check you in. There will be no late seating.


Recommended for audiences 12 years and older. Adult supervision required for participation.

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“A storyteller with a philosophical air” “'The Present' sure makes isolation a lot more bearable.” “One wonder bled into the next.” “A storyteller with a philosophical air” “'The Present' sure makes isolation a lot more bearable.” “One wonder bled into the next.” “A storyteller with a philosophical air” “'The Present' sure makes isolation a lot more bearable.” “One wonder bled into the next.”


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