Thaddeus Phillips – Zoo Motel

Opens Globally September 28, 2020
Tickets on Sale September 7, 2020

Visionary director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips invites you into the mysterious & playful ZOO MOTEL, an interactive and immersive theatrical event created for the here & now. Phillips brings his signature dazzling stagecraft direct into your home in collaboration with the mind blowing designer and artist, Steven Dufala (Designer of Geoff Sobelle´s Home and The Object Lesson).

Limited to only 21 audience participants nightly,  who check into virtual “rooms”, this wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema explores what connects us and is broadcast live and online from a small room in a village in South America, where Phillips remains in quarantine.
Phillips & Dufala have transformed Phillips studio in to a magical motel room where time stops, mysterious and illuminating stories emerge from across the globe & analog objects take on their own potent meaning. New York magician Steve Cuiffo has invented a series of interactive magic and illusions for this wholly unique evening of adventurous theatre about lost soles of the past, our global new reality & the possibilities for the future.
Created and performed by Thaddeus Phillips (Inflatable Space at MLP in 2019), ZOO MOTEL is directed by Tatiana Mallarino (Lortel Award nominee for ¡El Conquistador!), designed by Steven Dufala (Obie and Bessie Award Award winner),  Magic by Steve Cuiffo (NYC slight of hand master and collaborator with David Blaine) and music supervision by DJ Mario Cotto (of Los Angeles KCRW).
Runtime is 63 minutes.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
No late arrivals.
Miami Light Project is not responsible for participant technical difficulties.



Thaddeus Phillips is a Colorado native who directs theater in Europe, tours with his own work globally and moonlights on TV. Created works include: 17 Border Crossings, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, Inflatable Space, A Billion Nights on Earth, Capsule 33, Lost Soles, The Earths Sharp Edge, The Melting Bridge, King Lear, The Tempest, Henry V and The . . . Adventures of Barry Seal. He has been presented & commissioned by NYTW, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barrow Street Theater, Territory Festival (Moscow), Hong Kong Festival, Miami Light Project, Teateri (Sweden), Buntport Theater, Teatro La Abadia  (Madrid), The Mat, and Sibiu International Festival. He is a Pew Fellow, A Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and appeared Narcos and a Spider-Man film. 


Bessie and Obie award winning designer HOME and THE OBJECT LESSON. He makes art with his brother Billy as The Dufala Brothers.


Directed 17 Border Crossings & El Conquistador! at NYTW, worked with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz on a Pablo Escobar picture. She teaches emotional intelligence.


Steve Cuiffo is one of the leading sleight of hand artists in New York City and creates unique performance, art, theater and magic. He has performed with The Wooster Group, worked with David Blaine and played Lenny Bruce onstage. ZOO MOTEL is his first collaboration with Thaddeus Phillips.


Newton Buchanan selected credits: A Streetcar Named Desire (Philly Fringe 2016), ALIAS ELLIS MACKENZIE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, Noises Off (Curio Theatre)