The new musical adaptation, Grodin's The Right Kind of People and Gilman's London hit The Sweetest Swing in Baseball will be joined in the California venue's 37th season by Wesley Moore's A Reckoning and the second annual Hot House "season-within-a-season" with three world premiere plays — Victor Lodato's 3F, 4F, Betty Shamieh's The Black Eyed and John Belluso's The Rules of Charity.
Starting the season will be the world premiere musical adaptation of The Opposite of Sex based on the 1998 film starring Christina Ricci. The story by screenwriter Don Roos follows the life of a 16-year-old girl with an unstable mother and dead stepfather who decides to move in with her gay half-brother and begins seducing his boyfriend.
Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady) provides music and lyrics with a book by Cohen and Robert Jess Roth (director of Beauty and the Beast) — who is slated to direct the show, billed as an "explosive, quirky, fun and politically-incorrect musical romp."
"If I have to leave home there's no place I"d rather go than San Francisco," stated the sardonic, dry-witted Grodin in a release. "The Right Kind of People is based on my experiences sitting on a Fifth Avenue Co-Op Board in New York. I either personally witnessed or can vouch that all the behavior of these bastions of legally sanctioned bigotry is true." The world premiere stagework by Grodin (director of Lovers and Other Strangers, star of Same Time, Next Year on Broadway) will be directed by Chris Smith.
Playwright Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter, The Glory of Living) will see her latest play The Sweetest Swing in Baseball — which debuted at London's Royal Court Theatre starring Gillian Anderson — come stateside at the Magic. Amy Glazer directs the work in which an artist at her wit's end winds up in a psychiatric hospital and finds solace (or safety from return to the real world) by becoming baseball player Darryl Strawberry. Wesley Moore's A Reckoning — which enjoyed a London run with star Jonathan Pryce — will also see the American premiere of his play in San Francisco. Richard Seyd directs the drama which sets a daughter against her father following her mother's death in a confrontation that may destroy them both.
The Magic's Hot House presentations will feature three world premieres playing in repertory on two stages. John Belluso's The Rules of Charity explores the relationship of a disabled father and his caretaking daughter. Chris Smith directs. Jessica Heidt directs The Black Eyed by playwright Betty Shamieh (Off Broadway's recent Roar) which weaves stories of Samson and Delilah, the first female suicide bomber and an architect looking for love. Victor Lodato's 3F, 4F finds an old British couple whose apartment of 34 years becomes turned upside down when two loud young men move in upstairs.
The complete 2004-2005 season lineup (subject to change) is as follows:
The Hot House (April 23-June 19, 2005) The Magic Theatre, founded in 1967, presented the world premiere of David Mamet's Dr. Faustus last season. The company that is committed to producing new plays has also presented premieres of plays by sam Shepard, Rebecca Gilman, Nilo Cruz and Paula Vogel.
Subscriptions for the 2004-2005 season at the Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center (Building D) in San Francisco, CA are available by calling (415) 441-8822. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 2. For more information, visit the Magic Theatre website at www.magictheatre.org.