Frank Oz, Derek DelGaudio and Glenn Kaino
Frank Oz, Derek DelGaudio and Glenn Kaino

Designing the Undefinable

Michael S. Eddy

Glenn Kaino discusses the creative partnership for In & Of Itself

For In & Of Itself, there is one man onstage, Derek DelGaudio performing to audiences at the Daryl Roth Theatre in NYC. But no man is an island and every one-man show has a creative team of people behind it. DelGaudio’s longtime creative partner Glenn Kaino was instrumental in helping to shape his vision into a theatrical event. He is the artistic producer for In & Of Itself. Kaino, a well-respected conceptual artist whose works have been shown and are in museum exhibitions around the world, is also one half of A.Bandit, with DelGaudio the other half. As A.Bandit each inform the other’s work through their collaborative approach to ideas that is redefining art and magic themselves; stretching their audience’s perception of both experiences. Stage Directions caught up with him to discuss the collaboration that resulted in the rather undefinable In & Of Itself.

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Derek DelGaudio in In & Of Itself
Derek DelGaudio in In & Of Itself

Elusive Illusions

Howard Sherman

Derek DelGaudio conjures an undefinable show with In & Of Itself

"The only reason we call this a magic show is because you call it a magic show.”

That’s Derek DelGaudio speaking about In & Of Itself, his one-man show that began performances in April at New York’s Daryl Roth Theatre, following an extended run at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. “I don’t mean you,” he reassures his guest, “I mean everyone. The only reason that I’ll have a conversation about it being a magic show is because there’s not really a word for what I feel it is yet.”

“When I tell a story,” he continues, describing the structure of In & Of Itself, which contains many very personal stories from DelGaudio, “I’m not telling a story to get to a trick. I’m using a moment of illusion as a metaphor to punctuate the idea of a story that I just told, or I’m using sleight of hand as a metaphor for the idea that I’m trying to convey. There’s a massive difference there.”

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