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The Magic Theatre SF in Oakland Free Performance Series
Community Producer, Awele Makeba
Partner: Laney College Theatre Arts Department
 
Magic Theatre SF
in Oakland 
in partnership with
Laney College
Theatre ARts Department

2011-2012 
Free Performance Series
Saturdays  2:30 pm

9/17
Why We Have A Body
by Claire Chafee
Directed by Katie Pearl

11/19
Annapurna
by Sharr White
Directed by Loretta Greco

2/11
Jesus in India
by Lloyd Suh
Directed by Daniella Topol

4/14
Any Given Day
by Linda McLean
Directed by Jon Tracy

6/16
Bruja
by Luis Alfaro
Directed by Loreta Greco

Laney College Theatre
900 Fallon Street.
Oakland, CA  94607

Info: 510-601-0432
Awele Makeba, 
Magic Oakland,
Community Producer.

Magic Theatre SF
http://magictheatre.org/about/oakland

Artistic Director: Loreta Greco

Please spread the word about this FREE community performance series--a 

partnership between The Magic Theatre, San Francisco & Laney College 

Theatre Arts Department in Oakland!  Community Producer: Awele Makeba


Doors open at 2 pm.  Performances are 2:30-4. 

 Audience/Actor Talkback 4-4:20.

1st Come, 1st Serve. No Reservations Needed.  311 FREE seats.
Bring your book club, theatre club, best friend, date, etc...
PG-13 or PG-16 rating
Audience Talkback with Actors immediately following every performance (20 min)
http://magictheatre.org/about/oakland

Laney College Theater
900 Fallon St., Oakland, CA, 94607


Laney College Theatre is 200 feet from Lake Merritt BART and across the street
from Oakland Museum of CA.  Street metered parking is available.


The 2015-2016 season of Magic Theatre in Oakland


Fred’s Diner  by Penelope Skinner

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 @ 2:30pm

On a busy UK motorway sits “Fred’s Diner,” a not-so-busy establishment with a secret beneath its cheerful veneer of 1950’s Americana. English playwright Penelope Skinner serves up a subtly plotted, blackly comic thriller that examines the darker reaches of class and sovereignty.

 

“Award-winning playwright Penelope Skinner’s new play Fred’s Diner is stylish and great fun – Skinner’s verbal adroitness is always joyful, and the production sets off at a tremendous pace on a wave of well deserved laughs.”

 – Jane Shilling – The Guardian


Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield

Saturday, November 21st, 2015 @ 2:30pm

Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life is a fast-paced and vibrant love-story that follows Erica and Vicky through the big and small moments of their relationship. “Bright Half Life isn’t about being gay,” Barfield says, “It’s about being alive and in love.”

 

“In Tanya Barfield’s engaging new play… two attractive and articulate women meet at work in their twenties, date secretly, fall in love, have children, get married (when it becomes legal), fight a lot, split, and, separately, watch their kids grow up. This well-written portrayal of smart women finding, losing, and finding themselves and each other again is profound.”

–The New Yorker

“Tanya Barfield’s new play Bright Half Life commences catapulting through a romance. Barfield’s fluid drama time-travels across a long-term relationship, fast-forwarding to its end and flashing back to its origins with few markers to divide scenes.”

–Tom Sellar, The Village Voice

“Romantic! Virtuosic! For sheer loveliness, you won’t surpass Tanya Barfield’s exquisite Bright Half Life.

– Time Out New York

Bright Half Life is the rare play you actually wish went on longer…the actresses’ easy rapport seems comfortable and real – like the best love stories.” 

– New York Post

Tanya Barfield

 



Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn

Saturday, February 20, 2016 @ 2:30pm

Magic Theatre literally transforms into Manila’s mythical Studio 54 – where you’ll find drag queens, beauty queens and movie stars alongside statesmen, activists and rebels. Welcome to the Philippines 1982 and Jessica Hagedorn’s no holds bar, Dogeaters. Explore the inner workings of power, culture clash, sex and celebrity as a country unravels at the end of the Marcos regime.

Dogeaters isn’t just a play to watch, it’s an experience to remember.

It’s always a treat when sitting in the theater feels like travel, when the world onstage reaches out to include you, and suddenly you’re transported to another time and place. It’s even better when your destination is exotic, strange and specific: say, Manila, 1982. 

–Bruce Weber, NY TIMES

“Putting history onstage is a huge undertaking, especially if it’s history that hasn’t yet been documented for generations of schoolchildren. Jessica Hagedorn painted a pastiche of colorful and violent history in her novel, then adapted it as a play, or, more concisely, a pageant.”

–Madeleine Shaner, backstage

“Dogeaters, is infused with a Filipino pop culture aesthetic that draws from American movies, local radio soap operas, and a celebrity-driven political system. Hagedorn’s own stage adaptation successfully transforms this mix into a vibrant theatrical landscape.”

–Dan Bacalzo, Theatre Journal

“The scenes of elite excess recall some of the better moments in “Evita,” and the seamy club world holds its own fascination.”

 –David Mermelstein, Variety



Sojourners  by Mfoniso Udofia  TBA

Newlywed Abasiama has a plan: she will go to America with her husband to get an education, and then return home to join in Nigeria’s rebirth after the Civil War. But in a country where home, marriage, and love don’t mean what she expects, she finds her loyalties tested in the face of an impossible choice.

 

Mfoniso Udofia

Mfoniso Udofia is a 1st Generation Nigerian-American storyteller, actress and educator. Mfoniso attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony Award winning, American Conservatory Theater. During her stay in the Bay, she co-pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint.

Mfoniso’s play, Sojourners, which was recently seen at the 2014 NNPN conference as part of the National New Play Showcase will be produced off-Broadway by Playwrights Realm. In Fall 2015, Mfoniso will travel to Whidbey Island to attend Hedgebrook’s rural retreat for women writers. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed and/or presented/produced by Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, The National Black Theater, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, Page73 Development Programs, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, Liberation Theatre Company and JJCEO Youth Programs in Birmingham, Alabama. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize and she’s been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship,  Page 73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, NYTW’s 20/50 Fellowship, The Source Festival & Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site www.mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.


runboyrun by Mfoniso Udofia   TBA


It is thirty years later, and Abasiama is living in Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband. Their house is haunted… but only he can see the ghost. runboyrun is a reckoning that brings the shadows of an unspeakable past to a head-on collision with the cruel realities of the present.

“I wrote this play because I wondered at the nature of unconditional love and the circumstances/fears that prohibit us from expressing it.” –Mfoniso Udofia

 

Mfoniso Udofia

Mfoniso Udofia is a 1st Generation Nigerian-American storyteller, actress and educator. Mfoniso attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony Award winning, American Conservatory Theater. During her stay in the Bay, she co-pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint.

Mfoniso’s play, Sojourners, which was recently seen at the 2014 NNPN conference as part of the National New Play Showcase will be produced off-Broadway by Playwrights Realm. In Fall 2015, Mfoniso will travel to Whidbey Island to attend Hedgebrook’s rural retreat for women writers. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed and/or presented/produced by Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, The National Black Theater, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, Page73 Development Programs, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, Liberation Theatre Company and JJCEO Youth Programs in Birmingham, Alabama. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize and she’s been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship,  Page 73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, NYTW’s 20/50 Fellowship, The Source Festival & Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site www.mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.

 






 

Jessica HagedornJessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include ToxicologyDream JungleThe Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, winner of the American Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Hagedorn is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of three anthologies: Manila NoirCharlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World.

Work in theatre includes the musical play Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett and director Michael Greif at La Jolla Playhouse; Fe In The Desert and Stairway To Heaven for Campo Santo in San Francisco, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, which was presented at La Jolla Playhouse and at the NYSF/Public Theater (dir. by Michael Greif), at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City (dir. by Jon Lawrence Rivera) and in Manila (dir. by Bobby Garcia).

Hagedorn wrote the screenplay for Fresh Kill, a feature film directed by Shu Lea Cheang. She wrote the scripts for the experimental animated series The Pink Palace, which was created for the first season of the Oxygen Network.

From 1975-85, Hagedorn was the leader of a band called The Gangster Choir. One of her signature songs, “Tenement Lover”, is included in John Giorno’s ‘80s downtown music anthology, A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth Of A Corpse.

Honors and prizes include a Lucille Lortel Playwrights’ Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, a Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention for Dogeaters, an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab.

Hagedorn has taught in the Graduate Playwriting Program at the Yale School Of Drama, and in the MFA Creative Writing Program at NYU and Columbia University. She is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing and the Director of the MFA Writing Program at LIU Brooklyn.

 

Jessica HagedornJessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include ToxicologyDream JungleThe Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, winner of the American Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Hagedorn is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of three anthologies: Manila NoirCharlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World.

Work in theatre includes the musical play Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett and director Michael Greif at La Jolla Playhouse; Fe In The Desert and Stairway To Heaven for Campo Santo in San Francisco, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, which was presented at La Jolla Playhouse and at the NYSF/Public Theater (dir. by Michael Greif), at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City (dir. by Jon Lawrence Rivera) and in Manila (dir. by Bobby Garcia).

Hagedorn wrote the screenplay for Fresh Kill, a feature film directed by Shu Lea Cheang. She wrote the scripts for the experimental animated series The Pink Palace, which was created for the first season of the Oxygen Network.

From 1975-85, Hagedorn was the leader of a band called The Gangster Choir. One of her signature songs, “Tenement Lover”, is included in John Giorno’s ‘80s downtown music anthology, A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth Of A Corpse.

Honors and prizes include a Lucille Lortel Playwrights’ Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, a Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention for Dogeaters, an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab.

Hagedorn has taught in the Graduate Playwriting Program at the Yale School Of Drama, and in the MFA Creative Writing Program at NYU and Columbia University. She is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing and the Director of the MFA Writing Program at LIU Brooklyn.

Jessica HagedornJessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include ToxicologyDream JungleThe Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, winner of the American Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Hagedorn is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of three anthologies: Manila NoirCharlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World.

Work in theatre includes the musical play Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett and director Michael Greif at La Jolla Playhouse; Fe In The Desert and Stairway To Heaven for Campo Santo in San Francisco, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, which was presented at La Jolla Playhouse and at the NYSF/Public Theater (dir. by Michael Greif), at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City (dir. by Jon Lawrence Rivera) and in Manila (dir. by Bobby Garcia).

Hagedorn wrote the screenplay for Fresh Kill, a feature film directed by Shu Lea Cheang. She wrote the scripts for the experimental animated series The Pink Palace, which was created for the first season of the Oxygen Network.

From 1975-85, Hagedorn was the leader of a band called The Gangster Choir. One of her signature songs, “Tenement Lover”, is included in John Giorno’s ‘80s downtown music anthology, A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth Of A Corpse.

Honors and prizes include a Lucille Lortel Playwrights’ Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, a Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention for Dogeaters, an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab.

Hagedorn has taught in the Graduate Playwriting Program at the Yale School Of Drama, and in the MFA Creative Writing Program at NYU and Columbia University. She is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing and the Director of the MFA Writing Program at LIU Brooklyn.