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reel to reel

reel to reel

written and directed by John Kolvenbach

World Premiere

January 31- February 25, 2018

(Laney College Show: Feb 24 at 2:30p)

John Kolvenbach (SISTER PLAY, MRS. WHITNEY, GOLDFISH) returns to Magic to direct the World Premiere of his own REEL TO REEL. Fascinated by the relationship between sound and memory, Kolvenbach has written the story of a fifty-five-year marriage as told through the mundane sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments, and household noises. What emerges is a collage of love, aging, and death captured on audio tape. Will Marchetti (of Magic's original FOOL FOR LOVE) will lead the cast.

Meet the Playwright

John Kolvenbach is the author of Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney, Love Song, on an average day, Gizmo Love, Fabuloso, Bank Job, and Marriage Play (or Half ‘n Half ‘n Half) which premiered in 2012 at Merrimack Repertory. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory in the spring of 2009, directed by Loretta Greco. Goldfish was then produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the fall of that year. The Magic also premiered Mrs. Whitney in the fall of 2009, under Kolvenbach’s direction. Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in the spring of 2006, directed by Austin Pendelton. Love Song went on to the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award, best new comedy. The London production was directed by John Crowley, with Neve Campbell, Cillian Murphy, Kristen Johnston and Michael McKean. Love Song has been produced in New York, Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul and Rome. There have been over fifty productions in the US.  on an average day premiered at the Comedy Theatre on the West End in 2002, with Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, also directed by Mr. Crowley. Average Day has been produced in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Lisbon among many other places. Fabuloso premiered at the Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre in 2008, directed by Mr. Kolvenbach. Fabuloso was staged in San Juan and Zurich, in Spanish and Swiss German, respectively.

ANDREW PASTIDES* (WALTER 1) Magic Theatre: Fool for Love, Goldfish. Other Theatre: Tribes (Denver Center), Half and Half and Half (Merrimack Rep), Lovesong (59 E59), Makeout Session (Barrow Group), The Glass Menagerie (Two River Theatre), The Chosen (The Cleveland Playhouse), Molly's Delicious (The Arizona Theatre Co.), Tartuffe (Two River Theatre), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Theatre Alliance). Television credits include: CBS's “Blue Bloods”, “Law and Order” on NBC, USA's “Suits”, and HBO's “Boardwalk Empire”. Film credits: Dish (Dir. Isabele Teitler) Home is Where the Heart Aches ( Dir. Julien Levi), Deja View (Dir. Phillip Van), Hank and Asha ( Dir. James Duff),  Si Nos Dejan ( Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall), The Audition  and Gray Dog (Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall), Mrs Tenderfoot Takes a Lover ( Dir. Melissa Tomjanovich), Shadows and Lies (Dir. Jay Anania), Engagement (Dir. Stephanie Gibson), and MA (Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall). Andrew is a graduate of The SCGSAH and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

ZOË WINTERS* (MAGGIE 1) is so happy to be returning to Magic and near her hometown of Santa Cruz. Magic Theatre: Mauritius (dir. Loretta Greco). Kolvenbach Plays: Love Song (59E59, with Pastides), Half 'n Half 'n Half (Merrimack Rep, with Pastides). New York: The Last Match (Roundabout); The Harvest, 4000 Miles (LCT3); Shows for Days, 4000 Miles (Mitzi E. Newhouse/Lincoln Center Theater); Small Mouth Sounds (Signature: Ars Nova Production); Red Speedo, Love and Information (NYTW); Much Ado About Nothing (Public’s Shakespeare in the Park); An Octoroon (Soho Rep); Hater (Ohio Theatre). Regional includes Westport Country Playhouse‬, The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse‬, Baltimore Center Stage, Alliance and Seattle Rep. Film: Gray Dog, In the Family, Under, Giant. TV: "Madam Secretary," “Elementary,” “Law & Order,” “Ugly Betty,” “Gossip Girl,” “Army Wives.” Training: B.F.A. SUNY Purchase. Member: NYTW Usual Suspects, LCT Angels Artists Committee, The Actors Center. For Mer and Dave and their 41 1/2 years. ‬‬

WILL MARCHETTI* (WALTER 2) is pleased to return to Magic Theatre after many years. Will enjoyed several successful shows here in the past; Curse of the Starving Class, Sharon And Billy, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Moon For The Misbegotten, Geniuses, Crossdressing In The Depression, Poetamachia, Hitting For The Cycle and the original production of Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love. He’s very excited to be a part of Reel To Reel and to be reunited with is frequent co-actor in the Bay Area, Carla Spindt. Will has been a Bay Area based actor since he was a young man at San Francisco Theatre Company in the 1950’s.Over the span of his career, he has performed in theatres all over the Bay Area including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Theatreworks, San Jose Stage, SF Playhouse, the Eureka Theatre, Magic Theatre,  Aurora Theatre, Alter Theatre and Marin Shakespeare to name a few. Beyond local theatres, Will has acted in a number of regional theatres including Seattle Rep, the Huntington Theatre, Kansas City Rep, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, Yale Rep and New York Theatre Workshop. Will served as Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company twice and most recently appeared there in August: Osage County last season. Will has won a number of Critics’ Circle awards and the Dean Goodman Lifetime Achievement Award as an actor. As a playwright, his plays have been produced at San Jose Stage, the Phoenix Theatre and the Shelton Theatre in San Francisco. He is grateful for his long career and the support of his family including his wife Susan Brashear (Co-Director of Tamalpais High School’s acclaimed drama program (CTE), also a key player in early MTC days. Will is grateful to his family for their support over the years and to the many who keep coming back to watch him onstage.

CARLA SPINDT* (MAGGIE 2) is thrilled to return to her roots at Magic Theatre. She played Mom with Will Marchetti’s Dad in Magic’s world premiere of Sharon and Billy and played Frankie to his Johnnie in Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune. Carla also appeared in Magic’s Private Scenes, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Temptation and Jacques and His Master. Other Bay Area performances include: Marin Theatre Company’s The Guardsman, The Price, Noises Off! and The Marriage of Bette and Boo; Theatreworks’ All My Sons; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Romeo and Juliet; San Jose Stage’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Aurora Theatre Company’s Trojan Women and Seascape. She also appeared with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and toured the Midwest and East Coast with Houston’s Alley Theatre. Carla is currently a guest-artist teacher/director at Tamalpais High School’s Conservatory Theatre Ensemble in Mill Valley and she teaches and directs throughout Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) and UC Davis.

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