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the eva trilogy

The eva trilogy

  Enter the Roar
 No Coast Road

written by Barbara Hammond
directed by Loretta Greco

Run time: 3 hours with two intermissions

​The Eva Trilogy is comprised of three plays that run in succession every performance. Your ticket is for the trilogy in its entirety. 


Julia McNeal* // EVA

Previously appeared at Magic as Heather in Fred’s Diner and Meg in A Lie of the Mind.  An award-winning actress, she performed in numerous theater and film productions in New York and Los Angeles before making the Bay Area her home. Recently seen as Claire in The Events at Shotgun Players; other local credits include: Aurora Theatre, SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Porchlight Theatre, TheatreFirst, Center Reperatory Company, Pacific Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of SF, First Person Singular, and PlayGround (company member). Film and TV: The Unbelievable TruthFlesh and BoneLaw and Order and Law & Order, SVU, among others.  Julia is a Guest Artist in the conservatory theatre program at Tam High, she also coaches solo performers in a distinct method for playing multiple characters.  Deep bow of gratitude to: Barbara, Adam, and Mom.

Lisa Anne Porter * // Teresa

Lisa Anne Porter has previously performed in A Bright Half Life, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Pharmacist’s Daughter, and The Brief But Exemplary Life of a Living Goddess at the Magic Theatre.  She has performed with the American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare/Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Center Repertory Theatre, SF Playhouse, BRAVA Theatre Center, Shakespeare & Company, Syracuse Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, GeVa Theatre Company, and Boston Theatreworks. She has coached voice and dialect in over sixty productions nationwide. She is currently the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects for the American Conservatory Theatre and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on the faculties of Syracuse University, UC Davis, San Francisco State University, Shakespeare & Company, The Tepper Center in NYC, Naropa University, California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Academy of Art University. She has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre.

Rod Gnapp* // Eamon 

A veteran of Bay Area stages, Mr. Gnapp was last seen at Magic in Fool For Love, 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.

Justin Gillman * // Father O'Leary

Justin Gillman is a Bay Area native currently residing in New York City, and is thrilled to be making his Magic debut with The Eva Trilogy. NYC credits include Twelfth Night with Classic Stage Company, Hamlet with Gallery Players, and When Last We Flew (Best of NY Fringe). In the Bay Area, Justin has performed with San Francisco Playhouse (My Fair Lady), Center Repertory Company (Born Yesterday), Shotgun Players (The Rover), Custom Made Theatre Company (BellevilleMiddletownThe Pain and the Itch), The Breadbox (TBA Award Recipient, Leading Actor in a Play for Katurian in The Pillowman; The AwakeningBlood Wedding‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore), Shakespeare Santa Cruz, 42nd Street Moon, Cutting Ball Theater, and New Conservatory Theatre Center, among others. He is also a recent recipient of the Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award. BFA: UC Santa Barbara. MFA: Columbia University.

Amy Nowak // Roisin

Amy is ecstatic to be making her Magic debut! She grew up on the east coast, and then attended Fordham University's theater program in NYC. After traveling for a bit, she landed in the Bay Area, where she's worked with companies like We Players, Do it Live! and Theatre First.

Caleb Cabrera // Tom

Caleb is honored to be making his debut here at Magic Theatre.  Past credits include The EventsGrand Concourse, Hamlet (Shotgun Players), Into the Beautiful North, Totem & Taboo (Central Works), My Mañana Comes (Marin Theatre Co.), A Maze (Theatre Battery), Year of The Rooster (Impact Theatre), This Is All I Need (Mugwumpin).  Next up is Fugue (Detour Dance.)  He received his B.A. in Drama - Performance from San Francisco State University.  

Megan Trout // Nymph

Megan was last seen at the Magic Theatre in the staged reading of Ivanka: A Medea for Right Now. Other Bay Area credits with: Marin Theater Company (Shakespeare in Love [Dec 2017] ), Shotgun Players (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Grand ConcourseThe Village BikeHamlet [a roulette], The Mousetrap, Eurydice, Bonnie & Clyde, The Coast of Utopia), Aurora Theatre (Widowers’ Houses [Jan 2018], A Bright New Boise, Metamorphosis), Central Works (Dracula Inquest, Richard the First), Just Theater (We are Proud to Present), the O'Neill Foundation (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Boxcar Theater’s Sam Shepard Festival (A Lie of the Mind, Buried Child). More information at

World Premiere

Begins October 19, 2017

Barbara Hammond's THE EVA TRILOGY is a lyrical Irish epic spanning thirty years over the course of three plays: EDEN, ENTER THE ROAR, and NO COAST ROAD. In Hammond's trilogy, an Irish expat named Eva returns home from her rebellious life in Paris and makes an irreparable choice when her ailing mother's fate is placed in her hands. Her decision becomes legendary within her community and proceeds to haunt her through the rest of her life. Each play in the trilogy champions its own theatrical landscape, reflecting the tremendous range of Hammond's writing and the evolving state of her subject. Magic will be the first theatre to take on all three parts in a single production. Julia McNeal (FRED'S DINER, A LIE OF THE MIND) will star as Eva.

Meet The Playwright

Barbara Hammond

is a New Dramatists resident playwright and
is a citizen of both the United States and Ireland. Awards and recognitions: 2015-17 Royal Court Theatre new play commission, 2017 Headwaters Theatre Festival in Creede, CO, 2017 University of Arkansas New Play Award, 2017 Theatresquared Festival of New Plays, 2017 lyricist for the 25th anniversary concert of the AIDS Quilt Songbook at National Sawdust, 2016 Duke University residency, 2016 Emerson Stage workshop production, 2015 Play Commission from the Contemporary American Theatre Festival for WE ARE PUSSY RIOT, 2015 Lippmann Family "New Frontier" Award, 2015 P73 Fellowship finalist, 2014 Seven Devils Theatre Conference; the 2012 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award;  Yale Playwrights Festival mentor since 2010; a 2011 Edward Albee Foundation Fellow; Tyrone Guthrie Centre repeat resident in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland; finalist at the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival and the Kerouac Project; Special Jury Award, First Irish 2009 Theatre Festival.  She is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and was named one of the Influential Women of 2011 by the Irish Voice.  Her work has been funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, The Venturous Theater Fund, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Plays: WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R., TERRA FIRMA, VISIBLE FROM FOUR STATES, THE EVA TRILOGY: EDEN, ENTER THE ROAR and NO COAST ROAD, BEYOND THE PALE, JAMES, NORMAN AND BEATRICE, PAPER TIGERS and a collection of three one-acts entitled NEW YORK IN JUNE.  Visit her website at

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