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Fool for Love
The Baltimore Waltz
2017-18 Season

Rolling World Premiere

written by Richard Montoya
directed by Sean San José

in collaboration with
Campo Santo & Borderlands Theater

Laney College Performance: October 29th @ 2:30

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Loretta's Opening Night Speech

Nogales is now closed - thank you for your interest and patronage!


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."
-SF Chronicle

Meet the Playwright

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.

Legacy Revival

written by Sam Shepard
directed by Loretta Greco

Eddie (Andrew Pastides) looms over May (Jessi Campbell)

The Old Man (Rod Gnapp) tells his side of the story

Eddie and May share a moment while Martin (Patrick Russell) looks on in the background
photos courtesy: Jennifer Reiley

Fool for Love is now closed - thank you for your interest and patronage!

Fool for Love

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"
-SF Examiner

"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. "

-Theatre Eddys

Meet the Playwright & Director

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.”

Loretta Greco+ (Director/Artistic Director)

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. 

Meet the Cast & Crew

Jessi Campbell* (May)

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.

Rod Gnapp* (The Old Man)

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.

Andrew Pastides* (Eddie)

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.

Patrick Russell* (Martin)

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.

Julie Haber* Stage Manager

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.

Andrew Boyce** (Scenic and Costume Designer)

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.

Christopher Akerlind** (Lighting Designer)

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.

Sara Huddleston (Sound Designer)

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.

Sonia Fernandez (Dramaturg)

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.

Dave Maier (Fight Director)

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)

Legacy Revival

written by Paula Vogel
directed by Jonathan Moscone

Laney College performance: April 1st @ 2:30 pm

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The Baltimore Waltz is now closed - thank you for your interest and patronage!

The Baltimore Waltz

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.

"The show’s giddiness helps it soar past the limitations of realism."

"The Baltimore Waltz puts forth one of American drama’s most poignant, most lavishly theatrical visions of sibling bond, of sickness, of grief."
-San Francisco Chronicle

Meet the Playwright

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.

Meet the Director

Jonathan Moscone is the Chief of Civic Engagement at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ​where - through creative placemaking, youth programming, political advocacy and community partnerships - Jonathan ​​activates YBCA’s mission in the public realm. His previous Magic credits include The Happy Ones​, The Pharmacist's Daughter​ and Kingfish. ​P​reviously ​he ​served as Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater for 15 years​, where his credits include​ Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep, Shaw’s Pygmalion​, Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby ​and ​Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. His other credits include Tribes at Berkeley Rep, and the world premiere of Ghost Light, which he co-created and developed with playwright Tony Taccone for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Rep. In addition, he directed Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park for American Conservatory Theater​. At Cal Shakes​ he brought writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Octavio Solis​ and Amy Freed, along with a broad array of writers of the canon of world theatrical literature, under the direction of many of our country’s most inventive and passionate directors. He is the first recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for “transforming the American theatre through his unique and creative work.” His regional credits include​:​ Huntington Theatre, Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Dallas Theater Center, ​Intersection for the Arts, among others. Jonathan has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Arts Council,​ and he currently serves on the boards of Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates, as well as on the national board of Alice Waters' Edible School Yard Project.

Meet the Cast & Crew

Patrick Alparone* (Carl) 
was last seen at Magic in A Lie of the Mind.  Also at the Magic: Buried Child, Every Five Minutes, Any Given Day, Mrs. Whitney, Octopus. Other credits include:  The Normal Heart, Elektra (American Conservatory Theatre); Red (Portland Center Stage)Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear (Cal Shakes); Phaedra (Shotgun Players); Period of AdjustmentOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (San Francisco Playhouse); Man of Rock (Climate Theatre); Twelfth NightAmbition Facing West (TheatreWorks); Olive Kitteridge, 36 Stories(Word for Word/Zspace); All’s Well That Ends Well (Livermore Shakespeare Festival ); 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 for  the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (Golden Thread Productions).  Member of AEA and SAG.

Lauren English* (Anna)
is excited to be back at The Magic where she was last seen as Lily in The Legacy Revival of Why We Have a Body. Most recently, she became a mom. Before that, she played Sally in Talley's Folly at The Aurora Theatre. Locally, she has worked at California Shakespeare Festival, Word for Word, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, among others. Lauren is a founding member and Artistic Associate at The SF Playhouse. Favorite onstage roles there include: Kate in Seminar, Pilot in Grounded, Steph In reasons to be pretty, Sally in Cabaret, Emily in Our Town and Lisa in The Glory of Living. Selected New York Theater performance credits: TACT's Off Broadway Production of The Cocktail PartyHamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Idealist at The New York Times Theatre. Also in NY she worked at The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Lark Theatre and Playwrights Realm. MFA, NYU Grad Acting.  She would like to dedicate her performance to her hero, the late Zelda Fichandler.

Greg Jackson* (The Third Man)
is excited to be making his Magic Theatre debut! Greg enjoyed a thrilling Broadway run in the Tony award-winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, covering Jefferson Mays’ mammoth role(s) as the many-(dis)membered D’Ysquith family.  Off-B’way: The 39 Steps, Duet! Regional: Cleveland Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Geva, Cape Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Triad Stage, Portland Center Stage, Pioneer Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Orlando Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare and more! NYU Grad Acting alum. 

Christina Hogan*
Stage Manager

is so excited to be back at Magic! Other theater credits include runboyrun, And I And Silence, Hir, Arlington, Every Five Minutes, The Happy Ones, Terminus, Se Llama
Cristina, and Any Given Day (Magic Theatre); It Can't Happen Here (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Monstress, Love and Information (A.C.T.); A Raisin in the Sun, Blithe Spirit, Much Ado About Nothing, The Verona Project, and Pastures of Heaven (California Shakespeare Theater); Hookman (Encore Theatre Company); Hare and Tortoise (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 of California.

Nina Ball**
Scenic Designer

has had designs seen at A.C.T., California Shakespeare Theater, Shotgun Players, The San Francisco Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Center REP, Z Space, among many others. Recent honors include a TBA award for The Nether at SF Playhouse, SFBATCC awards for My Fair Lady at SF Playhouse and Metamorphosis at Aurora Theatre, a Broadway World San Francisco Award for Care of Trees at Shotgun Players, and a Shelly Award for her design of Mirandolina at CenterREP.  Ball is also a company member of Shotgun Players. In addition to theatre, Ball also works as a production designer in film and television. Upcoming projects include Phedre at Cutting Ball, As You Like It at Cal Shakes and The Roommate at SF Playhouse.

Meg Neville**
Costume Designer

came to San Francisco to work with Jon at the Magic 20 years ago on The Pharmacist's Daughter and is still here. Recent work includes costumes for Hand to God, It Can't Happen Here at Berkeley Rep, and Party People at the Public Theater NY. She has designed many productions for Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as at Marin Theatre Company, Southcoast Rep, The Guthrie, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, San Jose Stage, ACT, Joe Goode Performance Group, Chicago Opera Theater, The Atlantic Theater Company, Dallas Theater Company, Portland Stage, Second Stage, NY and BAM.  Meg is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and resides in Mill Valley with her family.  

Heather Gilbert**
Lighting Designer

is a Chicago based lighting designer, where her work has been seen on many stages including The Hypocrites, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and countless storefronts all over the city. Her regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. International credits include the Almeida in London and the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Heather was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Grant and the 3Arts Award. Heather serves as the head of lighting design at Columbia College Chicago, and received her MFA at the Theatre School at DePaul. Heather is a member of The Hypocrites.

Theodore J. Hulsker
Sound Designer

is a San Francisco Bay Area native and is thrilled to be making his debut at the Magic Theater. He had designed sound and video for many theater companies in the Bay Area including Marin Theater Company, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, Mugwumpin, Aurora, and many more. In addition to design work Theodore curates a monthly event, Klanghaus, showcasing the work of local performing and visual artists in an immersive environment, for which he received a Theater Bay Area CA$H grant in 2016. He graduated with Honors from San Francisco State University in 2012. For more information and sounds visit:

Jessica Berman
Dialect Coach

continues her work with Magic Theatre after coaching Sojourners and runboyrun in 2016 and co-coaching Fred’s Diner in 2015.  Jessica has taught and led workshops at the Royal Shakespeare Company, U.C. Berkeley, Academy of Art University, and in A.C.T.’s Summer Training Congress.  Recent coaching credits include, Hand to God (Berkeley Rep), August: Osage County, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and Native Son (Marin Theatre Company), Fences (Cal Shakes), and Jerusalem (SF Playhouse).  Jessica holds an M.A. from the Birmingham School of Acting, and an M.F.A. in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

World Premiere

written by Han Ong
directed by Loretta Greco
featuring Carl Lumbly

Regrettably, due to scheduling conflicts, the performances of Grandeur on June 17th and 22nd have been cancelled. Additionally, the free matinee at Laney College on June 17 has been cancelled. Please contact the box office at 415.441.8822 if you planned on attending the Laney performance.
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Begins May 31, 2017 / Closes June 25, 2017

Runs 1 hour and 45 minutes with one 10 minute intermission

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.

Meet the Playwright

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.

Meet the Cast

 Safiya Fredericks* (Julie Toussaint) was seen last fall in Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem at A.C.T. and received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nomination for her work in Aubergine at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Other local credits include Much Ado About Nothing at California Shakespeare Theatre, Once on This Island at Theatreworks, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the Witch in Into the Woods at SF Playhouse (BATCC nominee), Blackademics at Crowded Fire, It’s a Bird..Plane..Its Superman! at 42nd St. Moon, Merry Wives of Windsor at African-American Shakespeare Company, and the title role in Antigone at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Past favorites include The Civilians production of In the Footprint at ArtsEmerson in Boston and By Hands Unknown at the New York International Fringe Festival. Film work includes the female lead in Black Gold: America is Still the Place alongside Mike Colter and the short film With Children, currently making festival rounds. She studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) the University of California Irvine. She is honored to be making her Magic Theatre debut.

Rafael Jordan* (Steve Barron) was previously seen at Magic in runboyrun and Dogeaters, and is thrilled to return with Grandeur. New York Credits: Caesar and Cleopatra (Resonance Theatre, Off-Broadway), Uncle Tom's Cabin (Metropolitan Playhouse, Obie Award season), I Feel Your Pain (a Performa NYC commission, created by Liz Magic Laser), Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation, World Premiere, by Lark Fellow Recipient A. Rey Pamatmat). Bay Area credits: Love and InformationA Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theatre); King LearThe 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: King Charles III (Tour: ACT, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre of DC), 365 Days/365 PlaysThe Open Road Anthology by Rolin Jones, Michael Jon Garces, Kia Corthron, A.Rey Pamatmat, Constance Congdon (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Film: Me, You and the Road(C&I Productions), Best Laid Plans (Messyhouse Productions), Othello the Web Series ( Rafael is a graduate of the MFA program at ACT.

Carl Lumbly* (Gil Scott-Heron) is excited to return to Magic Theatre after his debut there in Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus in 2013. For the stage, Carl Lumbly most recently starred as Ira Aldridge in the San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Red Velvet, which ran through June 25, 2016. Lumbly was nominated for a San Francisco Bay Theatre Critics Circle award for his 2015 performance in Between Riverside and Crazy at ACT. Earlier in 2015, he starred as ‘Alfred’ in Let There Be Love at ACT and as ‘Leo Price’ in the San Francisco Playhouse’s premiere of Tree. In 2014, he starred as Chester Kimmich in John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church at the San Francisco Playhouse and as Troy in August Wilson’s Fences at the Marin Theatre Company. In 2013, Lumbly starred in Regina Taylor’s off-Broadway play stop. reset.  Also in 2013, he starred in the San Francisco Playhouse’s West Coast Premiere of The Motherf**ker with the Hat. He starred in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s 2012 production of Blue/Orange. Lumbly was featured in the San Francisco Playhouse’s 2010 production of Cormac McCarthy’s Sunset Limited. In 2007, he won a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for his starring role in the San Francisco production of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train. Lumbly’s extensive resume includes five seasons on ABC’s Alias.

Magic's 2017-18 Season

We are honored to announce our 2017-2018 season, featuring Taylor Mac's groundbreaking performance art concert A 24-Decade History of Popular Music and three world premieres by new and returning members of the Magic Family! 

Subscribers also receive access to our Virgin Play Festival 2017 — all three of this year's premieres were workshopped at last year's Virgin, and this year's Festival promises both bold works-in-progress and new plays from America's leading dramatists!


A 24-Decade History of Popular Music*


The Eva Trilogy 

     Enter the Roar
     No Coast Road


Reel to Reel


The Gangster of Love


*Presented by Curran and Stanford Live
In association with Magic Theatre and Pomegranate Arts

The Future is Hazy

Apprentice Showcase

Monday June 19th, 2017, 7pm

Free, no reservations required.

Join us for a night of free staged readings on Monday, June 19th at 7:00pm where our Apprentices have been given the opportunity to share the skills they have honed throughout their year at Magic!

A Portrait of the Artists on Their First Day

Featuring Excerpts From

The Art of Bowing by Nathan Davis directed by Artistic Direction Apprentice Megan Gray

A new play by Artistic Direction Apprentice Katja Gottlieb-Stier, Directed by Ben Randle

Three Women in Four Chairs by Emily Feldman directed by Artistic Direction Apprentice Corinne Hastings

Original work by Literary Apprentice Adam Levonian

Stage managed and Designed by Production Apprentice Arashi Cesana

Featuring Bay Area Artists

Patrick Alparone*

Martha Brigham*

Tristan Cunningham*

Michelle Drexler

Jody Gelb*

Kevin Kemp*

Amy Lizardo*

Nicky Martinez

Mohammad Shehata*

Kenny Watkins

Elena Wright*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association