by Linda McLean
A simple homecoming dinner takes a fantastical turn as Mo slips into a dreamscape that even those closest to him can’t imagine. This theatrical odyssey examines the very real experience of trauma survived but not defeated. Can Mo’s friends offer enough emotional ballast to restore his sanctity of self? Deemed “a gritty, fiercely empathetic realist of great skill” (San Francisco Chronicle), Magic is thrilled to welcome back Scottish playwright Linda McLean (Any Given Day).
Linda McLean (Playwright) is a multi-award winning playwright from Scotland. Her plays include Any Given Day (Lessa Rossy Playwrighting Award); Strangers, Babies (Susan Smith Blackburn prize finalist); Shimmer (Herald Angel), One Good Beating (Best One Act Play); Riddance (Fringe First, Herald Angel); What Love Is; This Is Water; Uncertainty Files; Cold Cuts; Doch An Doris; Word For Word; and in 2012, Sex & God. Strangers, Babies (Fractures); Any Given Day (Un Jour Ou ‘Autre); The Uncertainty Files (Dossiers Incertidudes); Cold Cuts (Tranche Froide); What Love Is (Ce qu’aimer veut dire); Sex&God (Sex&God); and Every Five Minutes (Toutes les cinq minutes) have been translated into French. Other translations include Spanish, Turkish, Polish, Macedonian and Greek. Linda adapted Like Water for Chocolate, from the novel by Laura Esquivel, which was translated into Spanish; Olga from the Finnish play by Laura Ruohonen; and Le Problem, from the French play by Francois Begadeau. Linda has written plays for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Scotland, the last being Zombie Rule Number 9 in 2013. Linda is Chairwoman of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and has worked for the British Council in Mexico City, Teluca and Bogota. In 2009 she delivered the keynote speech to the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada. Linda was the Creative Fellow at Edinburgh University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities in 2011, where she and the late Prof Susan Manning published their Conversation: Gathering Uncertainties.
Loretta Greco+ (Director/ Producing Artistic Director) is in her sixth season as Magic’s Producing Artistic Director where she is proud to have produced a body of work for Taylor Mac, Lloyd Suh, Luis Alfaro, Theresa Rebeck, Linda McLean, Octavio Solis, Sharr White, John Kolvenbach, and numerous others. Her selected directing credits while at Magic include: Buried Child, Se Llama Cristina, The Other Place, Bruja, Annapurna, Or, Oedipus el Rey, Goldfish, and Mauritius. Ms. Greco’s New York premieres include: Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story, the Obie Award-winning Lackawanna Blues by Ruben Santiago Hudson, and Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano at The Public Theater; Katherine Walat’s Victoria Martin Math Team Queen, Karen Hartman’s Gum, Toni Press Coffman’s Touch, and Rinne Groff’s Inky at Women’s Project; Emily Mann’s Meshugah at Naked Angels; Laura Cahill’s Mercy at The Vineyard Theatre and Nilo Cruz’s A Park in Our House at New York Theatre Workshop. Additional regional credits include the critically acclaimed revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and the West Coast premiere of David Harrower’s Blackbird at American Conservatory Theater; Romeo and Juliet and Stop Kiss at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as productions at LaJolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Studio Theater, Intiman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Arena Stage, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Playmakers Repertory Company, and The Cleveland Play House. She directed the national tour of Emily Mann’s Having Our Say as well as the International premiere at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Greco has developed work with dozens of writers at Sundance, The O’Neill, South Coast Rep, The Mark Taper Forum, New Harmony, New York Stage and Film, The Cherry Lane, New Dramatists, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and The Public. Prior to her Magic post, she served as Producing Artistic Director of New York’s Women’s Project and as The Associate Director/Resident Producer at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton where she conceived and launched their Second Stage-On-Stage Initiative and commissioned work from Doug Wright, Nilo Cruz, and Joyce Carol Oates among others. Ms. Greco received her MFA from Catholic University, her BA from Loyola University, New Orleans. She is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and the recipient of two Drama League Fellowships and a Princess Grace Award.
+Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the union for stage directors
Patrick Alparone* (Bozo/Ensemble) appeared as Vince in this season's Buried Child. Other credits at the Magic include Any Given Day, Mrs. Whitney, and Octopus. Other credits include The Normal Heart, Elektra (American Conservatory Theater); Red (Portland Center Stage); Phaedra (Shotgun Players); Period of Adjustment, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (San Francisco Playhouse); Man of Rock (Climate Theater); Twelfth Night, Ambition Facing West (TheatreWorks); Olive Kitteridge (Word for Word/Zspace); Lolita Roadtrip (San Jose Stage Company); A Streetcar Named Desire (Marin Theatre Co.); Skin (Encore Theatre Co.); Hamlet (Impact Theatre); Little Dog Laughed (B Street Theatre); Karima’s City in Egypt for The Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (Golden Thread Productions). Film credits include The Wisdom Tree, This is Hamlet, Seducing Charlie Barker, and Two from the Line. This May, Patrick will appear in 36 Stories at Word for Word/Zspace. www.patrickalparone.com
Rod Gnapp* (Mo) A veteran of Bay Area stages, Mr. Gnapp was last seen at Magic in Buried Child and Se Llama Cristina. He recently appeared in Storefront Church at the SF Playhouse and The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Marin Theatre Company. Theatre credits also include work at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, the Huntington Theatre Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Rep, Virginia Playhouse and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Mr. Gnapp can be seen in the independent feature film Touching Home by the Miller Brothers, with Ed Harris. He can also be seen in Valley of the Hearts Delite, Calendar Confloption (Pixar), and Return to the Streets of San Francisco. He is the recipient of many Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (BATCC) Awards and is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theater's MFA program.
Shawna Michelle James (Molly) is very excited to be making her professional debut with the Magic Theatre working on such a beautiful piece of art. She has spent most of her summers training professionally at Center REP's Young REP program (2009-2011) and at Interlochen Arts Camp (2012-2013). Some of her favorite shows include 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Interlochen Arts Camp), Avenue Q (Stars 2000), Midsummer/Jersey (Interlochen Arts Camp), Much Ado About Nothing (Young REP), and Nunsense: Nuncrackers (Tri Valley REP). Shawna is a two-time recipient of the Maddy Summer Artist Award from Interlochen, an honor given to one student from the each of the nine disciplines at camp who excels at his/her craft. Shawna is currently a senior in high school and will be pursuing her BFA in Acting in college.
Sean San Jose* (Ben/Ensemble) works for Intersection for the Arts and performance group Campo Santo. Thank you to Loretta Greco for letting him return to the Magic Theatre after working with her and Luis Alfaro and Octavio Solis here.
Maggie Mason (Census Taker/Ensemble) is very happy to be back at Magic, and so proud to be part of such an incredible production. She was last seen at the Magic Theatre in Why We Have A Body and Or (directed by Loretta Greco). New York Credits: These Seven Sicknesses, and Arok of Java (Exit Pursued by a Bear), Right to the Top (workshop, staged reading) dir. Amy Freed. Select Bay Area Credits: You, Nero, Pericles u.s, Arabian Nights u.s (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Jerusalem, Period of Adjustment (San Francisco Playhouse); The Couch (3 Girls Theatre/ Tides Theatre), Arms and the Man, Christmas Carol (Center Rep); Pitch Perfect, (Central Works); Henry V (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival); Bonnie and Clyde u.s (Shotgun Players); Rock and Roll (San Jose Stage); Intimate Apparel (Pear Avenue Theatre); Possibilidad (San Francisco Mime Troupe); Hamlet and As You Like It (Pacific Repertory Theatre); Oskar the Bully (Theatreworks); Future Me (TheatreFirst); Translations, The Collection, The Applicant (Stanford Summer Theatre). Film and television: Grange Hill (BBC Television) Gemma Lyons, 3 seasons.
Carrie Paff* (Rachel) is very happy to return to Magic, where she has appeared in The Other Place, The Right Kind of People and Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress, which she went on to perform with Ms. Rivers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Recent credits include Ideation at San Francisco Playhouse; This Is How It Goes and A Delicate Balance at Aurora; A Streetcar Named Desire, Tiny Alice and It’s a Wonderful Life at Marin Theatre Company; After the War at A.C.T; Legacy of Light and A Picasso at San Jose Rep; Double Indemnity at A.C.T. in Seattle and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Arizona Theatre Company. Film work includes Quitters, A Fighting Season, Love & Taxes and This is Hamlet. She holds a master's degree in educational theater from New York University and is the cofounder of StageWrite, Building Literacy through Theatre. Carrie was recently named one of the Ten Bay Area Actors We Love by the San Jose Mercury News. www.carriepaff.com
Mia Tagano* (Sara) New York credits: Far East (Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway), 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Theater) and Song of Singapore (Capital Repertory). Regional Credits: Loudest Man on Earth, Snow Falling on Cedars and M Butterfly (TheatreWorks), Snow Falling on Cedars at Portland Center Stage and Hartford Stage, Hamlet and Nicholas Nickleby (California Shakespeare Theater),Tantalus (Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Royal Shakespeare Company - including UK tour, directed by Sir Peter Hall and Edward Hall), Tamburlaine, (Shakespeare Theatre, opposite Avery Brooks), Twelfth Night (San Francisco Shakespeare), Waiting for Tadashi (George Street Playhouse), Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage) and solo show Cincinnati (SF Fringe Festival & Camden People’s Theatre in London, directed by John Barton). TV/film credits include All My Children, Law & Order, Tantalus: Behind the Mask, and John Barton’s The Shakespeare Sessions. Mia received her MFA through the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Jomar Tagatac* (Harpo/Ensemble) is really excited to be back here at Magic Theater to be part of this amazing process. Credits include, Bao in The Happy Ones directed by Jonathan Moscone (Magic Theatre) The Best of Playground Festival 2013, Rights of Passage (New Conservatory Theatre) Down to This (Sleepwalkers Theater) and Sushil in Jesus in India (Magic Theatre). Jomar received his Bachelor's Degree in Theater from San Diego State University, and his Master of Fine Arts Degree from The American Conservatory Theater. Jomar is a teaching artist at The New Conservatory Theater and a Hip Hop Instructor at various studios in the bay area.
* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
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