Geffen StayHouse presents “The Present”

WORLD PREMIERE of The Present.

Written & Performed by Helder Guimarães

Directed by Frank Marshall

May 7 – June 7, 2020

Purchase tickets here.

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, and shares this story with us at a time when we need it most.

This new production will take place virtually via Zoom with a maximum of 25 households per show. In a unique twist, The Present will provide both a virtual and physical experience, as magic will also take place in your own hands, from the comfort of your own home.


1) Purchase a ticket online through this website at least 7 days in advance.
2) A mystery package will be mailed to you.
3) DO NOT OPEN this package until instructed during the show.
4) Follow the instructions and log-in to the Zoom virtual theater at the date and time of your performance.
5) Enjoy the show.


It’s a true play in every sense. A mysterious package arrives at your door. You pour a glass of wine, dim the lights, settle into your favorite spot with your loved ones, and step into our virtual theater. 


Preview tickets are $60 and regular tickets start at $75. These prices are per household and all-inclusive. You do not need to purchase additional tickets for family members for the show as long as everyone is sitting around the same computer.


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Your mystery package will be mailed by United States Priority Mail and will arrive at least 48 hours before your show.

Purchase tickets here.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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