written by Richard Montoya
directed by Sean San José
in collaboration with
Campo Santo & Borderlands Theater
Laney College Performance: October 29th @ 2:30
Ran October 12 - October 31, 2016
With irreverence and searing humor, Richard Montoya, famed member of Culture Clash, explores the conflicts and supersized personalities in the iconic border town of Nogales. Blending a variety of historical and current sources, Nogales delivers a powerful story about a contemporary America that has lost its moral center.
"Nogales rests primarily on the sturdy shoulders of its actor-creators, Richard Montoya and Sean San José. Separately and as a team, they deliver powerful performances that show the audience what can happen when two master craftsmen are at work. I truly hope this play has a longer life span than its initial co-production. Montoya’s script is a most impressive achievement." -Huffington Post
"Two hours after Donald Trump referred to “bad hombres” illegally crossing the border in the Wednesday, Oct. 19, presidential debate, Magic Theatre, in collaboration with Campo Santo and Tucson’s Borderlands Theater, opened a show that marked a stunning rebuke to the Republican candidate’s racism, xenophobia and demagoguery."
"A co-founder of the pioneering Latino performance trio Culture Clash, which specialized in satire, Montoya is wonderfully restrained with his punch lines. He makes you lean in and work to keep up, much as it must be like to play audience to the real-life master manipulator."
Richard Montoya is an American playwright, actor, filmmaker, and co-founder of the collective performance trio, Culture Clash, which was formed in 1984 in San Francisco’s Mission District. Born in 1959, Montoya is the son of well- known artist, poet, and activist José Montoya, a co-founder of the Chicano artistic collective known as the Royal Chicano Air Force. While José Montoya went to art school in the East Bay (CCAC) in the early 60’s he quickly gravitated to Berkeley and the Beat Movement still percolating in SF’s North Beach.
While growing up, Montoya witnessed his family’s involvement in the civil rights movement and Cesar Chavez’ United Farm Workers movement as artist activists. He continues that legacy through his career as a playwright, actor and indie filmmaker. Through searing satire or heightened realism Montoya’s writings dig deep into the margins of America. The shadow lands: barrios, deserts, jails where characters confront racism, discrimination, and the difficulties and dangers of displacement and the ghosts of a post-colonial reality on the Mexico-U.S. border. He has co-authored several important works for the national stage and several published anthologies of plays. Among others, he has authored commissioned works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cal Shakes, Arena Stage, the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory, Huntington Theater, Berkeley Rep, Getty Villa, South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse. As a solo writer he has created Water & Power, Palestine New Mexico, Anthems, American Night and The River. Montoya is an alumni of Luis Valdez’ Teatro Campesino and of the Sundance Institutes Writers and Directors Lab, as well as a two-time Annenberg Film Fellow. Montoya was also a staff writer on the critically acclaimed television show Southland. He studied drama at CSU Sacramento and graduated from the Summer Training Congress at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco under Artistic Director Bill Ball. Life on the Water, Asian American Theater, Stages/Studio 24 with Rene Yanez, La Pena and The Intersection are where he cut and sharpened his satirical fangs. He is writer and star of the recently released film The Other Barrio filmed entirely on location in the Mission District with producers Rene Yanez, Lou Dematteis, and Dante Betteo. Grateful for this Magic Theater debut and to be in the orbit of Loretta Greco and stardust of playwright hero Mr. Sam Shepard! Montoya dedicates his performance in Nogales to the memory of director Mark Rucker (The Birds) and to all who hazard their souls to the misfortunes of the desert.
written by Sam Shepard
directed by Loretta Greco
Laney College performance: February 25 @ 2:30 pm
EXTENDED: Now through March 5!
In a run-down motel at the edge of the Mojave desert, two former lovers unearth the dark secrets of their tangled relationship. Reality and fantasy, past and present collide in this explosive and timeless masterwork which first premiered at Magic in 1983.
"a transcendent, caveat-free work of theater. "
"Campbell’s portrayal [of May], under the taut, finely calibrated direction of Loretta Greco ... is ferocious."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"The mysteries of passion have never felt more intense, more deeply human"
"On top of the outstanding direction and acting, the creative team excels in this Magic revival of Fool for Love."
"For the first-time Shepard viewer (if there is any such person) and certainly for the perennial fan of the playwright genius, no better choice could be made than to experience him at the Magic. "
Sam Shepard, is an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director, whose body of work spans over half a century. He is the author of forty-four plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York described him as “the greatest American playwright of his generation.”
is currently in her ninth season as Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director where she has proudly developed and premiered Taylor Mac’s Hir; Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey, Bruja, and This Golden State Part I: Delano; Polly Pen and Victor Lodato’s Arlington; Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes; Sharr White’s Annapurna; Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap and Jesus in India; Anna Zeigler’s Another Way Home; Octavio Solis’s Se Llama Cristina; and shepherded the American premieres of Penelope Skinner’s Fred’s Diner, Linda McLean’s Any Given Day, and Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus among many others. Ms. Greco’s New York directing premieres include: Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story (Kesselring), Ruben Santiago Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues (Obie), and Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano (Kesselring) at NYSF/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.
is very happy to be returning to the Magic and so grateful to be working with her dear longtime friend, Loretta, once again. Jessi has worked in theater, film, and TV in NYC and San Francisco. Last season at the Magic Theatre, she played Chloe in Fred's Diner. Previously at the Magic: Sister Play, A Lie Of The Mind, and And I And Silence. Other favorite acting credits include: Blackbird (American Conservatory Theater), Speed-the-Plow (American Conservatory Theater), Inky (Women’s Project), Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Women’s Project), Commedia Dell Smartass (Ohio Theatre) and Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane Theater). She received her B.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Member of AEA and SAG.
A veteran of Bay Area stages, Mr. Gnapp was last seen at Magic in This Golden State, Every Five Minutes, Buried Child and Se Llama Cristina. He recently appeared in Seared at the SF Playhouse and The Realistic Joneses at American Conservatory Theater. His credits also include work at Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, San Jose Rep, Marin Theatre Company, 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.
AEA/SAG/AFRTRA. Theatre: Tribes (Denver Center), Half and Half and Half (Merrimack Rep), Goldfish (Magic Theatre), 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: Home is Where the Heart Aches (Dir. Julien Levi), Deja Vu (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), Miss Tenderfoot Takes a Lover (Dir. Melissa Tomjanovich), Shadows and Lies (Dir. Jay Anania), Life (Dir. S. Gibson), and MA (Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall). Andrew is a graduate of The SCGSAH and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
most recently appeared in King Charles III at A.C.T. and was last seen at Magic Theatre in the West Coast Premiere of The Other Place. Regional credits include: Red Velvet, Trouble Cometh (world premiere), 77% (world premiere), Seminar, and reasons to be pretty at San Francisco Playhouse; Once in a Lifetime and A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.; A Bright New Boise, Wilder Times, Body Awareness, Trouble in Mind, and Awake and Sing! at Aurora Theatre Company; Old Wicked Songs (CenterREP), Othello (Marin Theatre Company), Comedy of Errors (Marin Shakespeare Company), and Care of Trees (Shotgun Players). Film credits include the feature length film Being Us and the award winning animated short film Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero. Voice-over credits include numerous internet advertisements. Patrick holds a BFA in acting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater where he currently serves on the faculty in several of the conservatory’s actor training programs. Patrick is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
is delighted to return to Magic after stage managing last season's Fred’s Diner. Other Magic productions include This Golden State Part One: Delano, Arlington, Se Llama Cristina, Bruja, and Jesus in India. She has stage managed at many theatres around the country including the Bay Area’s Berkeley Rep, A.C.T., and Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and served as Company Stage Manager at South Coast Repertory for 20 years. She enjoys doing children’s theatre at MainStreet Theatre Company. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama and has taught stage management at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Cal Arts, and Yale. Julie is proud to be celebrating 40 years as a member of Actors Equity Association.
is a Chicago and NYC based designer working in Theatre, Opera, and Film/TV. Past credits at Magic: The Lily’s Revenge, Buried Child, Se Llama Christina, This Golden State, Bruja, and Annapurna. Other Bay Area Credits: Realistic Joneses and The Hard Problem (A.C.T.); Confederates, Velocity of Autumn, Now Circa Then (Theaterworks), Life is A Dream (CalShakes), Circle Mirror Tranformation; A Steady Rain (M.T.C.). NY credits with: Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theater Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, etc. Regional credits with most major regional theaters across the U.S. MFA - Yale School of Drama. www.andrewboycedesign.com
returns to Magic where he designed Annapurna, working alongside Loretta Greco and Andrew Boyce. In the San Francisco area, his work has been seen at A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, San Jose Rep, and at San Francisco Opera, most recently on the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. For nearly thirty years, his work has been seen across the United States, in Europe, Asia, on Broadway, and at opera houses around the world.
joined Magic staff in March ’07. For Magic, selected designs include Dogeaters, Fred’s Diner, Sister Play, A Lie of the Mind, And I And Silence, pen/man/ship, Every Five Minutes, Hir, Arlington, Terminus, Se Llama Cristina, Any Given Day, What We’re Up Against, Or, The Brothers Size, An Accident, Mrs. Whitney, Goldfish, Mauritius, Evie’s Waltz, The K of D, and Octopus (Magic/Encore Theatre Company). Further Bay Area sound design credits include: Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley and Gem of the Ocean (Marin Theatre Company); In On It and T.I.C (Encore Theatre Company); The Shaker Chair (Encore Theatre Company/Shotgun Players); Macbeth (Shotgun Players); Three on a Party (Word for Word); A Round Heeled Woman (Z Space); I Call My Brothers, Invasion!, and 410 [Gone] (Crowded Fire). Ms. Huddleston received a B.F.A from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
is a scholar, translator, and dramaturg specializing in new work. Recent production dramaturgy includes: The Shipment by Young Jean Lee with Crowded Fire, and Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield and runboyrun by Mfoniso Udofia with Magic Theatre. New play dramaturgy projects include a bilingual (English and Cantonese) workshop of Madam Ho by Eugenie Chan and directing Cucaracha and the Bogeyman by Matthew Keuter in Crowded Fire’s Matchbox reading series. She has worked with various Bay Area theater companies including Aurora, Playwrights Foundation, Brava, Cutting Ball, Magic, PlayGround, and Crowded Fire, where she is a long-time company member. Sonia received her A.B. in English from Princeton University and Master’s in Theater from San Francisco State; she is a PhD candidate at UC San Diego.
has choreographed violence for 18 Magic Theatre productions including Dogeaters, And I And Silence, Any Given Day, and Oedipus el Rey. His work has been seen at Berkeley Rep, ACT, SF Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Center Rep, Impact Theatre, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and Shotgun Players, among others. He is the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera and California Shakespeare Theatre and he teaches combat related classes and workshops at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, St. Mary’s College of California, and Stanford University. Mr. Maier is currently serving as president of Dueling Arts International.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association.
**Member of United Scenic Artists local 829.
+Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC)
written by Paula Vogel
directed by Jonathan Moscone
Laney College performance: April 1st @ 2:30 pm
Begins March 22, 2017
Paula Vogel’s fantastical satire takes us on a whirlwind odyssey through Paris, Amsterdam, Munich and Vienna in search of romance and a cure. Part heartfelt tribute and part political indictment, this groundbreaking work from the beloved Pulitzer Prize winner was given its West Coast premiere at Magic in 1992.
How I Learned to Drive, The Long Christmas Ride Home (The Vineyard); Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq (Wilma Theater); A Civil War Christmas (Long Wharf, New York Theatre Workshop); The Mineola Twins (Roundabout); Hot ‘n’ Throbbing (A.R.T., Signature Theatre); The Baltimore Waltz, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven (Circle Rep); The Oldest Profession (Signature Theatre). Awards include the Pulitzer Prize, two Obies, the NY Drama Critics Circle, Theatre Hall of Fame, Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement, and The Thornton Wilder Award. She is most honored by three awards given in her name: the Paula Vogel Award at the American Theatre College Festival, the Paula Vogel mentorship program for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award given by the Vineyard Theatre. After teaching for 30 years at Brown University and Yale School of Drama, she now conducts workshops at theatres, schools, and community organizations. Upcoming projects: Jitterbugging and the War Effort (Long Wharf), Baby Girl, a musical theatre work with Matt Gould, and the book, How to Bake A Play.
written by Han Ong
directed by Loretta Greco
featuring Carl Lumbly
Laney College performance: June 17 @ 2:30 pm
Begins May 31, 2017
It’s a homecoming for MacArthur Genius award winner Han Ong, who returns to Magic after a 25 year hiatus. Grandeur imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the shape-shifting music legend, Gil Scott-Heron. Questions of legacy, art, hope, and redemption drive this funny and gut-wrenching exchange.
Han Ong is a novelist and playwright. His novels are Fixer Chao (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001), which was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and cited as a new immigrant classic by the New York Times; and The Disinherited (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2004), nominated for a Lambda Book Award. Among Ongʼ s more than three dozen plays are The L.A. Plays (1990), The Chang Fragments (1996), Middle Finger (1997), and The Suitcase Trilogy (1992–97). They have been widely produced in the US in such venues as the Joseph Papp Public Theater (New York), Berkeley Repertory Theater (Berkeley, California), the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, California) and the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts), as well as abroad, at Londonʼ s Almeida Theater. Ong is one of the youngest recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, awarded to him in 1997, when he was 29. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Born in the Philippines to Chinese parents, he immigrated to the US with his family as a teenager. He lives in New York city. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University and Long Island University and has taught playwriting for several years at New Yorkʼ s 92nd Street Y.
Have you ever wondered how a play gets from the page to the stage? The 2016 Virgin Play Festival is an exclusive insider's look at writing in the making! Showcasing young playwrights working side-by-side with Magic's family of mid-career writers, 2016 will feature work in progress from Christina Anderson, Dipika Guha and John Kolvenbach among many others.
Friday, Dec. 2 - 8pm
You Got Older by Clare Barron
Saturday, Dec. 3 - 8pm
How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson
Sunday, Dec. 4 - 2:30pm
Eva Trilogy by Barbara Hammond
Tuesday, Dec. 6 - 7pm
No One is Forgotten by Winter Miller
Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 8pm
Go. Please. Go. by Emily Feldman
Thursday, Dec. 8 - 8pm
Reel to Reel by John Kolvenbach
Tuesday, Dec. 13 - POSTPONED • Stay Tuned
Hoodwinked by Emily Mann
Wednesday, Dec. 14 - 2:30pm
Untitled play by Dipika Guha
When her dad gets sick at the same moment her life implodes, Mae moves back to her childhood home. Tender and darkly comic, You Got Older is a meditation on the fragility of ordinary happiness, a new play about family and fantasy—and how we learn to keep going.
What would we forgive for those we love? What can we give up for them? Weaving through San Francisco over 40 years How to Catch Creation explores family, connection, and parenthood. A celebration of the power of regeneration this story asks the question—who has the right to start over?
An Irish expat returns home from her rebellious life in Paris. A reunion with her mother forces her to make a choice that has irreparable consequences. We move through time and space, the mundane and the magical to celebrate a woman unbound by social constraint. Spanning thirty years The Eva Trilogy asks how do you stand up for what you know to be true when the world asks you to compromise?
A woman. A man. Indefinite time. Their lives filled with un-answerable questions, two people create a whole world in the confines of captivity. No One is Forgotten celebrates the power of intimacy, imagination, and the radical resilience of the human spirit.
A couple decides: This isn’t working. He says he’ll leave, and then he doesn’t. He stays and stays and stays. Through seventy years of marriages, bar mitzvahs, baptisms, and funerals, he stays. People get drunk. People get sober. People plan vacations. People die. Somebody wins the lottery. A baby grows up. Everybody dances. GO. PLEASE. GO. asks what it means to love somebody for a lifetime, and what a lifetime even means.
What does it sound like when you fall in love? Moving through time and space, sound and word, Reel to Reel presents a collage of sounds, a spliced portrait of a life together. This is an aural history, a love story told over fifty-five years and three months.
Drawing from interviews, transcripts and other primary sources Hoodwinked is a riveting exploration of Islamic extremism sparked by the 2009 mass shooting on the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas. Urgent and difficult, the play asks how we make sense of the questions, confusion and misinformation surrounding one of the most pressing issues of our time.
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We invite you to celebrate with us as we memorialize our past fifty years, and look forward to the next fifty as a home for playwrights and new work! Join us as we honor the legacy of Magic's Artistic Directors as well as renowned Magic playwrights Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, and Taylor Mac.
This is an evening not to be missed!
NextGen Tier Tickets:
(for those ages 35 and under)
Bronze Tier Ticket:
Silver Tier Ticket:
$500 - Enjoy Premier seating near the center of the festivities.
Gold Tier Ticket:
$1,000 - Celebrate with exclusive VIP seating with an honored artist at your table.
Silver Tier Table:
$5,000 - Enjoy a Premier table for ten in the middle of the action.
Gold Tier Table:
$10,000 - Honor our past and support our future with a VIP table for ten and the opportunity to dine with one of our honored artists.
Festive cocktail attire
The critically acclaimed NY production of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” comes to San Francisco for a limited run at the Magic Theatre.
“My Name Is Rachel Corrie” is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and e-mails – creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali – loving chain smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premier, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.
"Funny, passionate, luminously intelligent."
- Time Out London
"Theatre can't change the world. But what it can do, when it's as good as this, is send us out enriched by other people's passionate concern."
- The Guardian
Saturday April 29 - actor Charlotte Hemmings and director Jonathan Kane
Wednesday May 3rd - Rachel's parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie
Thursday May 4th - Rachel's parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie