It is thirty years later, and Abasiama is living in Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband. Their house is haunted… but only he can see the ghost. runboyrun is a reckoning that brings the shadows of an unspeakable past to a head-on collision with the cruel realities of the present.
“I wrote this play because I wondered at the nature of unconditional love and the circumstances/fears that prohibit us from expressing it.” –Mfoniso Udofia
Mfoniso Udofia is a 1st Generation Nigerian-American storyteller, actress and educator. Mfoniso attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony Award winning, American Conservatory Theater. During her stay in the Bay, she co-pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint.
Mfoniso’s play, Sojourners, which was recently seen at the 2014 NNPN conference as part of the National New Play Showcase will be produced off-Broadway by Playwrights Realm. In Fall 2015, Mfoniso will travel to Whidbey Island to attend Hedgebrook’s rural retreat for women writers. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed and/or presented/produced by Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, The National Black Theater, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, Page73 Development Programs, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, Liberation Theatre Company and JJCEO Youth Programs in Birmingham, Alabama. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize and she’s been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page 73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, NYTW’s 20/50 Fellowship, The Source Festival & Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site www.mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.
Sean San José (Director) is honored to work with Mfoniso Udofia and her profound work and to direct at the Magic Theatre for the first time. San José has
been able to perform in many new works at the Magic Theatre, more
recently in the premieres of works by Luis Alfaro and others. He is
part of the group Campo Santo, whose next new works will be: H.O.M.E. by San Francisco native Star Finch premiering as part of an A.C.T. residency at the Strand June 29- July 10; and Nogales created with Richard Montoya and Joan Osato, which will open the Magic's 2016-17 season in October!
Adrian Roberts* (nsikan
disciple ufot) is
thrilled to be back at Magic where he was last seen as Charles Boyd in Pen/Man/Ship and Shaka in Tough Titty. Other Bay Area credits
include King Basillio in Life is a Dream
directed by Loretta Grecco, at Cal Shakes Gabriel in Fences at Marin Theater Co., Gabriel
in Breakfast With Mugabe at Aurora
Theater Co.,Claudius in Hamlet at Cal
Shakes, Martin Luther King Jr in The
Mountaintop at Theaterworks. Regional credits include Booster in Jitney at American Stage, Asagai in Raisin in the Sun at Huntington Theater
Co. Ken in Playboy of the West Indies
at Lincoln Center, three seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Fest among many others.
Television credits include Scrubs, Criminal Minds, Brothers & Sisters. Mr.
Roberts is a graduate of ACT's MFA program.
Omoze Idehenre* (abasiama
ufot) Gem of the Ocean, The Convert, Seven Guitars at Marin Theater Company. The Comedy of Errors and Richard III at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Winter’s Tale, Spunk and Macbeth at Cal Shakes; A Doll’s House, Elektra, Scorched, Clybourne Park,The Caucasian
Chalk Circle, A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Scapin and Marcus:
Or the Secret of Sweet at
A.C.T.; and Welcome Home Jenny
Sutter at Theater First in
Oakland. She also appeared in the films On
the Road and Woman. Idehenre received an MFA in acting from A.C.T and is a
proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Nancy Moricette* (mother) identifies as a Haitian
American actorvist (actor/activist). Her roots lie in performance art and
social advocacy. She works extensively with inner city organizations to create
socially conscious community arts projects that highlight the struggles of
underrepresented ethnic groups. In addition to her work as a community arts activist she is
blessed to work on many coasts as an actor. She has performed at The Public Theatre,
Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists,
Writer’s Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Company.
recently she starred in Danai Gurira’s play The
Convert at The Wooly Mammoth Theater in Washington D.C., for which she
received the Helen Hayes nomination for Best Actress. She also received the
Philadelphia Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress for the same production at
the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia. Nancy is a proud member of the AEA and is
represented by About Artists Talent in New York, NY and Reign Talent Agency in
Los Angeles, CA.
Rafael Jordan* (ben gun) is excited to return to Magic
with the World Premiere of runboyrun,
on the heels of his Magic Theatre debut in Dogeaters . World
York Credits: Caesar and Cleopatra (Resonance Theatre, Off-Broadway)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Metropolitan Playhouse, Obie Award season)
I Feel Your Pain (Performa NYC commissioned, with multiple Obie
winner Kathryn Grody) Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second
Generation, World Premiere, by Lark Fellow Recipient A. Rey Pamatmat).
Bay Area credits: Love and Information, A Christmas Carol
(American Conservatory Theatre) King Lear, The Tempest
(California Shakespeare Theatre) American Buffalo (Aurora Theatre
Company, Theatre Bay Area Best Ensemble Acting, Theatre Critics Circle Best
Production) The Liar (Livermore Shakespeare Festival).
Regional Credits: 365 Days/365 Plays, The Open Road Anthology
by Rolin Jones, Michael Jon Garces, Kia Corthron, A.Rey Pamatmat, Constance Congdon
(Actors Theatre of Louisville). Films: Me, You and the Road
(Feature, C&I Productions) Best Laid Plans (Feature,
Messyhouse Productions) Othello the Web Series (www.ReadySetGoTheatre.com) Rafael is a graduate of the MFA program at ACT.
Katherine Renee Turner*
(Abasiama Ekpeyoung – Sojourners /
sister – runboyrun) This marks
Katherine’s Magic Theatre debut, and she is thrilled to be working on a
soon-to-be classic body of work amongst an amazing group of artists. Her other
Bay Area theatre credits include The Convert (Jekesai/Esther; awarded
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Principal Role by Theatre Bay
Area; nominated Best Principal Actress by San Francisco Bay Area Theatre
Critics Circle) and Fetch Clay, Make Man (Sonji Roi Clay; nominated Best
Featured Actress by SFBATCC) both at Marin Theatre Company. Regional Credits: Dontrell,
Who Kissed the Sea (Theatre Alliance, DC); Fetch Clay, Make Man
(Sonji, remounted at Round House Theatre, MD and the National Black Theatre
Festival, NC); The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and A
Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC); The Laramie
Project (Ford’s Theatre, DC); The Threepenny Opera (Signature
Theatre, VA) and others. Katherine is a proud AEA member, alumnus of Ithaca
College, and in the fall she will begin her journey towards receiving her MFA
in acting with Group 49 at The Juilliard School.
Rotimi Agbabiaka* (Disciple Ufot – Sojourners / boy - runboyrun) is thrilled to make his Magic
Theatre debut. He most recently appeared in Hair (Hud) with Bay Area Musicals, Holiday High Jinx (Dancing Dan) with Word for Word, Choir Boy (Junior) at Marin Theatre Company, The Amen Corner (David) with Alter Theater, We Are Proud To Present ... (Another Black Man) at Just Theater,
and Raisin in The Sun (Asagai) at Cal Shakes. He is a
collective member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Associate Artist of
Alter Theater, a former cast member at Beach Blanket Babylon, and his solo
play, Homeless, won Best Solo Performance at the SF Fringe Festival. Mr.
Agbabiaka also teaches youth theatre with the SF Mime Troupe, SF Shakes, and
Each One Reach One. He has directed for the SF One Minute Play Festival and
writes articles for Theatre Bay Area magazine. He studied at Moscow Art Theatre
and earned his MFA from Northern Illinois University.
Christina Hogan* (Stage Manager - runboyrun) is super happy to be back at Magic! She previously
worked on And I and Silence, Hir, Arlington, Every Five Minutes, The
Happy Ones, Terminus, Se Llama Cristina, and Any Given Day.
Other theater credits include Monstress, Love and
Information (A.C.T.); Hookman (Encore Theatre
Company); A Raisin in the Sun, Blithe Spirit, Much Ado About Nothing,
The Verona Project, and Pastures of Heaven (California
Shakespeare Theater); Selkie,
Thieves (Rising Phoenix
Rep); Fuddy Meers and Good People(Marin Theatre
Company); and very still and hard to see (A.C.T. Master of
Fine Arts Program). Hogan has a B.A. in theater arts from Saint Mary’s College
Erik Flatmo** (Scenic Designer) recently designed the sets for Bright Half Life, Fred’s Diner, The Sister Play and Bad Jews at The Magic. His work at other theatre companies includes A.C.T., Asolo Repertory Theatre (Florida), Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, South Coast Rep, Theatreworks, The Old Globe and Yale Rep. He works regularly with choreographers Joe Goode and Trajal Harrell, and recently designed the set for an original LGBT Mass Requiem composed by Holcombe Waller. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and teaches set design at Stanford University.
Karina Chavarin (Costume Designer) is excited to be making her Magic Theatre Costume Design debut. Karina is a West Coast designer who studied Theatrical Design at UC Santa Cruz, where she won the Art's Deens Award for Costume Design. Recent credits include Associate Costume Design for Dogeaters at the Magic Theatre; Associate Costume Design for the entire 2015 season at California Shakespeare Theatre. Karina anxiously awaits what's up next at California Shakespeare Theatre where she is designing costumes for Much Ado About Nothing. Her favorite previous designs include Rent directed by Danny Scheie and Machinal directed by Kristen Brandt.
York Kennedy** (Lighting Designer) is a Lighting Designer for the Performing Arts and Architecture. His designs for the stage have been seen in theatres across America, in Europe and Asia in companies including Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, Sacramento Opera, Polish National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, The Alley Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Yale Rep, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Goodspeed Musicals and the Denver Center. He has designed over 45 productions for The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA and spent six seasons as resident lighting designer for the company’s Shakespeare Festival. Awards for theatrical lighting include the Dramalogue, San Diego Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West Garland, Arizoni Theatre Award and the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. In the dance world he has designed for Malashock Dance, Brian Webb and Tracey Rhodes. As an architectural lighting designer he has designed both nationally and internationally numerous themed environments, theme park, residential, retail, restaurant and museum projects. Current projects include Moscow Dream Island, Russia, Motiongate, Dubai, The Invisible Hand at Marin Theatre Company and Rear Window (Broadway). He is a graduate of the California Institute for the Arts and the Yale School of Drama.
David Molina (Composer and Sound Designer) is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist/designer, recording engineer, and instrument inventor. He has created music and sound for the performing arts, film, and multimedia productions for the past 20 years. Theater has allowed him to collaborate with companies nationally and internationally. His instruments and sound installations have been displayed throughout bay area galleries and festivals. He performs with Idris Ackamoor, The Pyramids, and Ackamoor/Molina Duo. Molina's music and bands: Ghosts and Strings, Transient, and Impuritan are available on Resting Bell (Berlin,) Dorog Records (Peru), Black Note Music, and Distant Spore, or self released. More information: www.drmsound.com
Sonia Fernandez (Dramaturg - runboyrun) joined Magic staff as Associate Artistic Director last summer. She is a scholar, translator and dramaturg, specializing in new work. Recent production dramaturgy projects include Life is a Dream, at CalShakes, and Bright Half Life at Magic. She has worked with various Bay Area and San Diego theaters, including Playwrights Foundation, Brava, Cutting Ball, Moxie, PlayGround and Crowded Fire Theater, where she is a company member. A PhD candidate at UC San Diego, Sonia’s research focuses on audience experience of racial humor. She received an AB in English from Princeton and Master's from SF State.
Jessica Berman (Dialect Coach) is a dialect, voice, and text coach. She continues her work with Magic Theatre after co-coaching Fred’s Diner in 2015. As a teacher and coach, Jessica has led dialect workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and taught voice and speech at UC Berkeley, A.C.T.’s STC, and Academy of Art University. Recent coaching credits include Punk Rock (A.C.T.’s YC), Summertime and Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act (UC Berkeley), andJerusalem (SF Playhouse). Jessica holds an MA from the Birmingham School of Acting and an MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Rashad Pridgen (Choreography & Movement Director) is a performance artist, creative director and cultural competency facilitator. He is the first African American graduate of the Moving On Center School for Participatory Arts (CMT/SE). Rashad's work spans dance, theater, film, video, music and fashion with recent works that include: artistic director of The Global Street Dance Project & Masquerade (YBCA, Somarts, Dance Mission Theater). Choreographer for Superheros with Cutting Ball Theater and Babylon is Burning with Campo Santos, dance artist in Dying While Black and Brown at Harvard Law School and UMass Amherst choreographed by Joanna Hiagood/Zaccho Dance Theater. Connect with his artistry at: www.soulnubian.com
Rooster Productions, LLC (Scenic Construction) is a small employee-owned scene shop located in Martinez, California. Rooster provides each client with hands-on, dedicated service, and creative, effective technical solutions to ensure complete realization of their designs. Rooster's team consists of experienced multi-disciplinary project managers, scenic carpenters, welders, sculptors and painters who have a deep appreciation of the possibilities of construction materials. Rooster's approach to scenic construction provides creative solutions that are as budget-sensitive as they are spectacular, and can be delivered as envisioned. Over the past few years, Rooster's theatrical client roster has rapidly grown to include many companies ranging from Fremont Opera and Oakland School for the Arts to American Conservatory Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, and the recent hit production of Home Street Home at Z Space.
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