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Magic Theatre Gala 2015
MAGIC RETURNS TO ASHLAND!
Magic @ The Costume Shop
Join us as we migrate downtown for a special residency at A.C.T.’s The Costume Shop at Market and 7th from February 19th through March 3rd! We will feature a “raw” production of Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina as well as ten brilliant writers whose work is in different stages of development. Plus, there will be exciting and diverse late night programming to highlight some of our community’s most inspiring and talented young artists.
Tickets to the “raw” production of Se Llama Cristina cost $25 each and seating is open.
All readings and Late-Night events are free and open to the public!
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Friday, February 22nd:
5:00pm – Waafrika by Nick Mwaluko
8:00pm – Bird in House by Alysha Oravetz
Saturday, February 23rd:
7:00pm – Exit Wounds by Tim Bauer
Monday, February 25th:
7:00pm – Game On by Tony Taccone and Dan Hoyle
Tuesday, February 26th:
7:00pm – Outside Lands by Octavio Solis
9:30pm – A Night for Poets
Wednesday, February 27th:
7:00pm – Cow Play by Matthew George
Thursday, February 28th:
7:00pm – Hookman by Lauren Yee
9:30pm – Multidimensional Musical Experience featuring Emcee Infinite AKA Carlos Aguirre
Friday, March 1st:
7:00pm – And I and Silence by Naomi Wallace
9:30pm – Drag Diva Extravaganza
Saturday, March 2nd:
7:00pm – Outside Lands by Octavio Solis
9:30pm – Comedians, Clowns and Improv
Sunday, March 3rd:
6:00pm – I and You by Lauren Gunderson
The Costume Shop
1117 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Note: Schedule is subject to change.
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Tim Bauer (Exit Wounds) is a Bay Area playwright. His plays have been produced by theaters like Southern Rep, Sleepwalkers Theatre, PlayGround, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Colonial Playhouse, Stage Werx, PianoFight, Arclight Rep, Bay One Acts Festival and Austin Script Works, and developed by Just Theater, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and the Great Plains Conference. He has received commissions from the Magic Theatre/Sloan Foundation and PlayGround, where he is a Resident Playwright. Tim has been a three-time finalist for the Humana Festival’s Heideman Award; a finalist for the Lark Playwright’s Festival, the STAGE International Script Competition and Aurora’s Global Age Project; and a winner of the Storer Boone Award for Best Original Play. He’s often at timbauer.wordpress.com or hosting literary events as a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony.
Matthew George (Cow Play) is a writer and performer based in Chicago. His most recent plays include Thine (Walkabout Theatre Company, Chicago) and This and That (Pleasance Theatre, London). Other works include the narrative orchestral piece Abyss (New Haven, February 2013), a musical adaptation of the Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood (April 2011) and Commandments (February 2010). Cow Play received runner-up to the 2011 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Student Playwriting Award. Matthew graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies.
Lauren Gunderson (I and You) is an award-winning playwright living in San Francisco. She studied at Emory University and NYU’s Tisch School of Performing Arts where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Playwrights Foundation, The Lark, and The O’Neill (Fire Work). Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight is published with Sam French. The first play in her Shakespeare Series, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, is now published with Playscripts. Her second, Toil and Trouble, premiered last year at Impact Theatre and the third, The Taming, at Crowded Fire in October. By and By will premiere at Shotgun Players this May. She is currently under commission with SF Playhouse, Crowded Fire, and South Coast Rep and is cowrote a Christmas musical with Harry Connick Jr. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the intersection of science and theatre. She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. More on Lauren here: LaurenGunderson.com
Dan Hoyle is an actor, playwright, and journalist based in San Francisco. His recent solo show The Real Americans, directed by Charlie Varon, enjoyed a long run at The Marsh in San Francisco, and played Joe’s Pub in New York, The Painted Bride in Philadelphia, The Lensic in Santa Fe, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse and Portland Center Stage. His third solo show, Tings Dey Happen, also directed by Charlie Varon, won the 2007 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play before running five months Off-Broadway at Culture Project, where it was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Tings Dey Happen was based on Hoyle’s experiences as a Fulbright Scholar living in the Niger Delta of Nigeria studying oil politics. In October 2009, Hoyle returned to Nigeria to perform the show in five Nigerian cities, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Hoyle is working on a new solo project about digital media, supported by the Pew Philadelphia Theater Initiative and the Fleishhacker Foundation, as well as a multi-actor play commission for SF Playhouse. His essays have been featured in Salon, Mother Jones, and Sports Illustrated and he also performs with his father, actor and comedian Geoff Hoyle. Hoyle holds a double degree in Performance Studies and History from Northwestern University. Website: www.danhoyle.com
Nick Mwaluko (Waafrika) was born in Tanzania and raised mostly in neighboring Kenya. Nick has written several one-act and full-length plays including Waafrika (a trilogy), S/He, Asymmetrical We, Blueprint For A Lesbian Universe, Queering Macbeth, Brotherly Love, Trailer Park Tundra, Once A Man Always A Man, Mother Africa, Heel and others. Nick has participated in five residencies, most recently with Just Theater Lab in Berkeley, California and Djerassi Artists Residency in Woodside, California. Nick was a member of the inaugural Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG) at The Public Theater in New York City; Groundbreakers’ Group TerraNova Theater Collective (New York City) and was commissioned by Freedom Train Productions (Brooklyn, NY). In addition to writing plays, Nick is currently writing a screenplay for Juli Rivera (Berlin Film Festival) and a fictional novel.
Alysha Oravetz (Bird in House) is a newcomer to the Bay Area, moving from Montana, where she resided for the last nine years, studying playwriting, Native American studies, and drama at the University of Montana. She decided to leave the “last best place on Earth” for the city. She grew up in a small steel mining town outside of Pittsburgh, and is obsessed with the culture and class of the blue-collar man and the underbelly of American society, that is rarely shown in commercial theatre. Alysha has been involved with the Missoula Writer’s Colony for over 5 years, where the late great James McClure, was one of her main influences as a playwright. Her favorite novel is The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which she believes she could title every poem, play, and impromptu monologue she has ever written. She would like to thank the Magic Theatre for picking up Bird in House, and wandering this strange path to California, Pennsylvania. Alysha’s goal as a playwright is to make theatre an utmost visceral experience, where the audience gets to be voyeuristic mice, peeking in on a secret and scurrying out the door if the secret is too painful to watch…but hopefully they stay and endure.
Octavio Solis (Outside Lands) is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica have been mounted at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, the New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Thick Description, Campo Santo, the Imua Theatre Company in New York, and Cornerstone Theatre. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, with Music by Adam Gwon, Burning Dreams, cowritten with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust. He has also just been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship for 2012. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild.
Tony Taccone (Game On) is artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre. During his tenure, the Tony Award-winning nonprofit has earned a reputation as an international leader in innovative theatre and an incubator of new plays. In those 15 years, Berkeley Rep has presented more than 60 world, American and West Coast premieres and sent 18 shows to New York, two to London, one to Hong Kong and many more on tour. As a director, Taccone has staged more than 35 plays at Berkeley Rep, including new work from Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long, Itamar Moses and Lemony Snicket. In the last decade, seven shows developed in Berkeley landed on Broadway, including two that he directed: Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel and Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking. He directed the productions that transferred to London as well: Continental Divide at the Barbican and Tiny Kushner at the Tricycle Theatre. Taccone commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America, co-directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum and has collaborated with Kushner on seven projects including Brundibar, which featured designs by Maurice Sendak and played off Broadway. His regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, the Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, the Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, as well as San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre where he served six years as artistic director before coming to Berkeley Rep. Last season, Taccone turned his hand to playwriting and debuted Ghost Light and Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup.
Lauren Yee (Hookman) Lauren Yee’s plays include Ching Chong Chinaman, Crevice, Hookman, in a word, A Man, his Wife, and his Hat, The Tiger Among Us, and Samsara, which will receive its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theatre in their 2013/2014 season. Her work has been produced at AlterTheater, Artists at Play, Company One, Impact Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Pan Asian Rep, SIS Productions, and others. Lauren’s plays have been also developed at Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, The Public Theater, Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre Company, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and PlayPenn. Lauren is a MAP Fund grantee and has been a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, and Public Theater EWG member. She was a finalist for the Jerome, the PONY, the Princess Grace, and the Wasserstein Prize. She is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab and the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre. Lauren is under commission from Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3 and Encore Theatre (with support from the Gerbode Foundation). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com
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by Nick Mwaluko
Meet Awino from the Luo tribe.
Meet Bobby, a blond American formerly with the Peace Corps.
They fall in love when lesbians don’t exist.
BIRD IN HOUSE
by Alysha Oravetz
An American gothic tale about the under belly of a dying coal mining town, California Pennsylvania. The story focuses on a broken husband and wife who enable each other to go down a dark road, filled with superstition and loss of reality.
by Tim Bauer
A conspiracy theorist battles his father, the preeminent JFK assassination expert, to be King of the Truth Seekers. A full-length dark comedy with sex, violence, hacked voting machines, the ghost of a dead president, and some fancy high school wrestling moves.
by Tony Taccone and Dan Hoyle
Two guys are sitting in a room watching a baseball game. They place a bet. Then another. Then another. With every person who walks into the room the stakes get higher. What starts out as a humorous way for two sports junkies to pass the time ends up as a game with their lives on the line. And of course, it’s funny.
by Octavio Solis
A story of the Sunset District in San Francisco, this work plays upon the political and personal fears that suffuse our lives. An Iranian political emigre and his wife hire a Mexican babysitter to watch over their newborn, only to learn that she suffers from a curious paranoia. Is the threat a fanciful invention of a frightened mind, or is it real?
by Matthew George
A play about love, loss and cows. Told through poetic and hilarious theatricality, Cow Play follows two brothers from a dairy farm whose lives diverge after a family tragedy. When they reunite one summer, along with a budding, troubled actress from New York City, the three confront their own sense of purpose and place in the world. Blending reality, fiction, time, space and cows, Cow Play explores the struggle of pinpointing who we are in the larger context of the relentless flow of time.
by Lauren Yee
Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls’ throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty.
I AND YOU
by Lauren Gunderson
On the night before a class assignment is due, teenagers Caroline and Anthony meet, clash, and plumb the mysteries of a Whitman poem…gradually aware of the deeper mystery that has brought them together.
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A NIGHT FOR POETS
Tuesday, February 26th @ 9:30pm
Celebrate a Night For Poets, hosted by Magic’s own poetry maven, Baruch Porras-Hernandez. Featuring spoken word, poetry, and some of the best new writing happening in San Francisco we are so thrilled to be hosting the great Sonya Renee Taylor, Bucky Sinister, Tim “Toaster” Henderson, Sam Sax, Sara Griff & Baruch Porras-Hernandez for what will surely be a night to remember.
Sonya Renee Taylor is an award winning Poet, Activist and Transformational leader. Sonya is a National and International poetry slam champion who has shared her work and on stages across the US, New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands in prisons, treatment facilities, homeless shelters, universities, festivals and elementary schools. Sonya is founder of The Body is Not An Apology and the creator of the RUHCUS Project( Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US) a 30-day transformational healing action to address pain, shame, trauma and fear in our lives. Her poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Spoken Word Revolution: Redux, Growing Up Girl, Off Our Backs, Beltway Quarterly, Just Like A Girl, X Magazine, and On the Issues Magazine. Her first collection of poetry, A Little Truth on Your Shirt was released by GirlChild Press in 2010. Sonya’s work has been translated into Dutch, Swedish and German, used as curriculum in universities across the country and abroad, and as a tool for community and national action for organizations such as the Black AIDS Institute, HIV Campus Education, and Gloria Steinem’s reproductive rights organization, Choice USA. Ms. Renee has also appeared on HBO, Oxygen Network, BET, CNN, and MTV. She has served on the National Board of Directors for the arts and activism organization, Blackout Arts Collective. She is a teaching artist for Lyrical Minded, an arts and transformational learning program working with incarcerated, at-risk and mentally ill youth in locked and alternative facilities in San Francisco, CA.
Bucky Sinister entered the world of poetry in 1987. Now residing in Oakland, he counts nine chapbooks to the best of his knowledge, and three books of poetry. His fourth book, Time Bomb Snooze Alarm, came out in Spring 2012, on Write Bloody Press. There’s also going to be a vinyl release of some of his poems from the Post Consumer record label. Most of his poems are about drugs and alcohol. Bucky was long interested in standup comedy, but aside from trying the open mike at the Holy City Zoo the week he turned 21, he didn’t pursue it until the age of 37. He currently participates in a weekly show at the Dark Room called The Business. Most of his jokes are about drugs and alcohol. The self-help thing surprised him as much as it did anyone else. Bucky’s been clean and sober since 2002. He has a very unconventional take on the world of 12 Step recovery, which led to him writing two books, Get Up and Still Standing. He’s a staunch atheist but also a strong proponent of the higher power part of 12 Step, and doesn’t see a conflict there. Most of the self help books are…no, all of the 12 Step books are about drugs and alcohol.
Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a San Francisco based writer, organizer, actor and storyteller. He has performed as a featured writer in Washington D.C., New York City, Canada and all over California. His poetry appears in Aim for the Head anthology of Zombie Poetry –Write Bloody Publishing, Divining Divas 100 poems by gay men on their muses– Lethe Press, and Tandem anthology of the LitSlam contest winners for 2012 – Bicycle Comics Press. He has work forthcoming in Capturing Fire National Queer Anthology. His manuscript was a finalist for the Write Bloody Publishing national poetry contest. He has been a resident artist in the Spoken Word Program 2011, at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and Air Space (Artists in Residence) part of the Garage All Stars in San Francisco, where he developed his first solo play, Reasons to Stay on the Ground which later premiered as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2010. His other solo plays, First Gentleman, and It Gets Gayer, have previewed at The Mash Theatre, in 2011 and 2012. November of 2012 he co-wrote and performed a show with artist Kevin Seaman titled Dr. Zebrovski’s Hour of Power. He is the head organizer and curator for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic and has organized and curated several packed poetry shows in San Francisco. Mr. Porras-Hernandez holds a Bachelor Arts in Theatre Arts, acting concentration from Sonoma State University. He was born in Toluca, Mexico. Find his hilarious blog Notes From My BackFat and comic Dirk of Desire on baruchporrashernandez.wordpress.com.
Tim Toaster Henderson is an artist out of Chicago, Illinois. A muralist, poet and musician, Toaster uses a kaleidoscope of artistic vision to create, express and teach. In 2012, Toaster competed as Berkeley’s Individual World Poetry Slam representative, toured most of Northern California and Seattle, and served as a regular host for local poetry venues including the “Berkeley Slam” and the “Oakland Poetry Slam.” An Outreach coordinator, performer and teaching artist with The Voice of A Generation, Toaster has made a name for himself providing opportunities for youth to express themselves across the US.
Sam Sax is a Bay Area based writer, educator, and performer. He’s the first ever Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion and Oakland’s first two-time queer Grand Slam Champion. Sam curates the new sh!t show, a reading series in San Francisco aimed at producing new poetry, and is the poetry curator for The Modern Times Bookstore. He has toured internationally, performing at universities, slams, basements, alleyways, and amphitheaters. One of his most favorite features was the time he featured at The San Francisco Queer Open Mic. Sam is currently leading writing and literacy workshops for queer at risk youth. You can find some of his other work (or forthcoming work) in Rattle, Muzzle Magazine, The Evergreen Review, The Orange Quarterly, Union Station Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, DeComp etc.
Sarah Maria Griff is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. Her poetry has been published extensively in Ireland, and her first collection, Follies, was published by Lapwing in 2011. Her essays on emigration have appeared in The Irish Times and The Rumpus, and her poetry is played regularly on the national radio arts show in Ireland, RTE Arena. She tweets @griffski, and blogs at wordfury.tumblr.com.
MULTIDIMENTIONAL MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
Featuring Emcee Infinite AKA Carlos Aguirre
Thursday, February 28th @ 9:30pm
Featuring one of Magic’s most beloved beat-box gurus EMCEE INFINITE aka Carols Aguirre of Felonious & the great SOULATI. Come to enjoy a night of musical experimentation, special guests and more!
DRAG DIVA EXTRAVAGANZA
Friday, March 1st @ 9:30pm
Hosted by the glorious Chateauneuf-Du-Qween aka Travis Rowland, this event features some of the drag scene’s brightest lights including Martha T. Lipton, U-Phoria Glitter, Miso Hornay, Raya Light, Landa Lakes, Gina LaDavina, Elijah Minelli & Dulce de Leche! A late night show of feathers, sequins, and fabulousity, which you will not want to miss!
COMEDIANS, CLOWNS, AND IMPROV
Saturday, March 2nd @ 9:30pm
Featuring the raucous hilarity of Bruce Glaseroff and Tyler Parks of the famed Pi Clowns, 3 Woman 1 Woman Show, and the bombastic improv stylings of The Force. It will be a dynamite way to spend your Saturday night with side-splitting comedy!