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The Martha Heasley Cox virgin play festival

December 10-15, 2019

Our play festival  brings emerging and mid-career playwrights together, giving each writer the time and space to create and experiment and hear their work out loud.

Recent writers have included: Jessica Hagedorn, Ashlin Halfnight, Barbara Hammond, John Kolvenbach, Lauren Yee, Clare Barron, Dipika Guha, Han Ong, Mfoniso Udofia & many, many more. It's an exciting opportunity for writers to get space and time to work, for us to get to know new playwrights and familiar playwright's work, and for our audience to meet new playwrights and new plays. We invite Magic Family patrons to join us for readings presenting new work by writers we love.


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2019 Playwrights

   UNTITLED MAGIC COMMISSION by ANNA MOENCH                  no public presentation  

    Anna Moench is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include MOTHERS (Playwrights Realm     2019), MAN OF GOD (East West Players 2019, InterAct 2020), BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA (BETC 2017,     ThrownStone 2019, Theatre With A View 2019), and SIN EATERS (Local Theater Co. 2020). She is currently the     2019/2020 Page One Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Realm and has received fellowships from the      New York Foundation of the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation, and her awards include      the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company’s   Generations Award, and East West Players’ 2042: See Change Award. She is an alum of UCSD’s Playwriting MFA  program, the Emerging Writers Group at The Public, Youngblood at EST, and the Jam at New Georges. Anna is a staff writer on SEVERANCE (Apple TV) and the recipient of a Gerbode Special Award in the Arts commission for a new play that will be produced at Magic Theater in 2022.

   DOUBLETHINK by HANSOL JUNG                   Tuesday, 12/10 at 7:00pm

Hansol Jung Productions: Wolf Play (Artist Rep, Soho Rep), Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival), Among the Dead (Ma-Yi), and No More Sad Things (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions: National Theatre (UK), Public Theater (NY), Alliance Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory, Ma-Yi, Artist Rep, and OSF. Residencies/Fellowships: Hodder, Royal Court, NYTW, Berkeley Repertory, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Theater Center, and Page 73. Awards: Whiting Award, DGF Award, Helen Merrill Award. Hansol is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, NYTW’s Usual Suspects, and The New Class of Kilroys. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

  LA PRIETTY GUOMAN by CESAR ENRIQUEZ              Wednesday, 12/11 at 7:00pm
translated by ENRIQUE URUETA     

   Cesar Enriquez is an actor, playwright, director, producer and teacher. His work, considered to be one of the major influencing forces in Mexican cabaret theatre, reimagines the traditions of the Mexican Tent theater; speaking with a powerful dissident voice, it employs political satire, gender bending, improvisation, music and dance. La Pretty Guoman has toured throughout Mexico, and has been seen in many renowned festivals such as El Festival Iberoamericano de Cádiz, in Spain, El Festival de Teatro de Donostia in San Sebastián, and the Festival Latino de Chicago. It has also been presented in New York where it took residence at the The Lark Institute as part of the 2019 Playwright Exchange program. Por jodidos y hocicones mataron a los actor was voted  Best Cabaret production for 2019  by the Asociacion de Críticos de Periodistas de Teatro. This year he also created Las Hijas del Aztlán for the Teatro Penitenciario which was recognized as one of the best of year by la Muestra Nacional de Teatro. His new playFIERCE/FIERA, premiered in November to rave reviews. It deals with HIV, past and present, and the power of forgiveness. Cesar graduated from El Foro Teatro Contemporáneo de Ludwik Margules and has been a three time Scholar of FONCA in the category of Scenic Creator. He also spent three happy years as in Bansai and Scar in Julie Taymor’s production of THE LION KING.

 EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL HAPPENS AT NIGHT BY TED MALAWER                              Thursday, 12/12 at 7:00pm

Ted Malawer is a recent graduate of the Juilliard Playwriting Program. He has received Lincoln Center's Lecomte du Nouy Prize and The Kennedy Center's Blanche and Irving Laurie Award, and his theatrical work has been developed and commissioned by T Magazine / The New York Times, The Public, NYTW, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC, and others. Ted is a Supervising Producer on Ryan Murphy and Sharr White’s upcoming Simply Halston series for Netflix, and other TV credits include shows for Hulu, Showtime, NBC, Freeform and Disney+, where he developed an original pilot. Ted has also written several novels, including the Mystic City series for Penguin Random House. A former opera singer, Ted is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a graduate of The Juilliard School-Columbia University Exchange Program, and received his Masters from Fordham University. He is currently adapting the novel Red, White & Royal Blue into a film for Amazon and writing an original musical with Kate Nash and Andy Blankenbuehler.


    GO by VICHET CHUM                              Saturday, 12/14 at 7:00pm


A PRAYER FOR THE FRENCH REPUBLIC by JOSHUA HARMON                                  Sunday, 12/15 at 2:30p

Joshua Harmon’s plays include BAD JEWS (Roundabout Underground; Roundabout/Laura Pels; West End), SIGNIFICANT OTHER (Roundabout; Broadway/Booth Theatre), ADMISSIONS (Lincoln Center Theater; West End), and SKINTIGHT (Roundabout). His plays have been produced across the country including at The Magic, Geffen Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Theater Wit, Speakeasy, and Actor's Express, and internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, and throughout the U.K. He is a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow and under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and Roundabout, where he is an Associate Artist. Education: Juilliard.

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2018 playwrights

MJ Kaufman
Anna Moench
Ricardo Pérez González
Ashlin Halfnight
Chisa Hutchinson
Mfoniso Udofia
Barbara Hammond

2017 Playwrights

Han Ong
Ashlin Halfnight
Barbara Hammond
Tearrance Chisholm
Kate Tarker
L Feldman
Katja Gottlieb-Stier