American Hwangap by Lloyd Suh (The Children of Vonderly, The Garden Variety) is one of two world premieres in the Magic season. The season will culminate with the world premiere of Craig Wright's Mistakes Were Made, "a darkly humorous take on modern existence." Wright's credits include the plays Orange Flower Water, Recent Tragic Events, Grace, Lady, Better Late, The Pavilion and writing for the award-winning TV drama "Six Feet Under." He also created TV's "Dirty Sexy Money."
The San Francisco premiere of Tough Titty, Lampley's autobiographical look at a woman facing breast cancer will be bittersweet. Lampley lost her battle to the disease in recent days.
Here's the Magic Theatre's 2008-09 season at a glance:The K of D, an urban legend by Laura Schellhardt, Sept. 20–Oct. 19. "A small town girl spins the story of an urban legend. When a reckless driver kills her twin brother, Charlotte receives an eerie power from his dying kiss. This quirky and touching play offers that magical perspective of a child on the big questions of life and death. Theatrical storytelling at its best, The K of D uses nothing but one actress and your imagination to create the familiar world of a Midwestern town."
Edie's Waltz by Carter W. Lewis, directed by Loretta Greco, Nov. 8–Dec. 7. "Gloria and Clay are living every parent's nightmare — their son has been expelled for bringing a gun to school. As they struggle with the ramifications of this fact on their family, an unexpected visit from their son's girlfriend turns their backyard barbeque into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse."<I>Tough Titty by Oni Faida Lampley, directed by Robert O'Hara, Jan. 24-Feb. 22, 2009. "Eat healthy, work-out, and think positive thoughts. When Angela's routine cannot keep breast cancer at bay, she must face the disease and her family with willpower, tenacity, and humor. Sassy, funny, and emotional, Tough Titty is a bold exploration of one woman's journey to find grace in living."American Hwangap by Lloyd Suh, Feb. 28–March 28, 2009. "On his 60th birthday, Min Suk, a Korean immigrant, decides to return to the U.S. to reconnect with the family he abandoned 15 years ago. In this world premiere play, as the preparations for the big celebration proceed, his wife and three grown kids must wrestle with their broken past to welcome him to the land he once loved."Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Loretta Greco, April 18-May 17, 2009. "Who knew stamp collecting could be so dangerous? A young woman discovers the rarest of stamps in her dead mother's inheritance. Can she outsmart collectors, dealers, and her own sister all the way to the bank? Pulitzer Prize nominee and Emmy Award winner Rebeck weaves a funny and fast-paced thriller that will keep you guessing 'til the end."
Mistakes Were Made by Craig Wright, May 16-June 14, 2009. "Felix is a master in handling whatever life throws his way. As the 'hold' lines on his phone keep blinking, how long can he ignore the explosions outside of his office? This world premiere play explores the darkly humorous side of modern existence as one man must negotiate the worst day of his life." For more information visit the Magic Theatre website at www.magictheatre.org.