CA's Marin Theatre Co. Will Premiere Magic Forest Farm

News   CA's Marin Theatre Co. Will Premiere Magic Forest Farm Marin Theatre Company's 2008-09 season in Mill Valley, CA, will be spiked with the world premiere of Zayd Dohrn's Magic Forest Farm, "a riveting story of a young woman's desperate search for her past."

The Equity troupe's new season was announced by artistic director Jasson Minadaskis and managing director Ryan Rilette. Dohrn's play won The Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, which comes with a $10,000 award and the Marin Theatre Company (MTC) staging in the 99-seat Lieberman Theatre.

The Sky Cooper New American Play Prize is awarded to an established or emerging playwright for an outstanding new work.

MTC's main stage is the 231-seat Boyer Theatre.

The 2008-09 season also includes:

  • Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally, directed by Jasson Minadakis, Sept. 11-Oct. 5. The "touching, often hilarious romantic comedy by one of the country's leading playwrights. Frankie, a waitress, and Johnny, a short order cook, fall into bed together at the end of their first date. Johnny knows this is love; Frankie thinks he's nuts. ….Their one night stand begins to offer the promise of something much more."
  • The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, Nov. 13-Dec. 7. A Bay Area premiere. The Broadway and London play about a group of misfit gamblers who welcome a sinister player to their card game on a boozy Christmas Eve. (This replaces the previously announced 1001, which Playbill initially reported.)
  • My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard, Jan. 15-Feb. 8, 2009. "This heartfelt and moving play by Nobel Prize winner Athol Fugard follows the friendship of two teenagers — one black, one white — in apartheid-torn South Africa."
  • Lydia by Octavio Solis, directed by Jasson Minadakis, March 19-April 12, 2009. A Bay Area premiere. "A 1970s Mexican immigrant family is mired in grief, rage and guilt over a daughter's debilitating accident on the eve of her quinceanera. When the undocumented Lydia arrives in El Paso from Mexico to work as a maid for the family, her nearly miraculous bond with the brain-damaged girl elates, then angers, and finally destroys the troubled family — and Lydia herself."
  • What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton, June 4-28, 2009. "When psychiatrist Dr. Prentice tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts leads to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer, and ultimately, the formidable manhood of Sir Winston Churchill." MTC, in San Francisco's North Bay area, is now in its 41st year. For more information visit www.marintheatre.org.

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