New Magic Season Launches in SF with Start of Sam Shepard's The God of Hell Sept. 23

News   New Magic Season Launches in SF with Start of Sam Shepard's The God of Hell Sept. 23 Sam Shepard's The God of Hell opens the new season for San Francisco's Magic Theatre when the politically-charged drama begins previews Sept. 23.
Anne Darragh and Michael Santo in The God of Hell.
Anne Darragh and Michael Santo in The God of Hell. Photo by Nick Shoob

Amy Glazer (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball) directs the work which will open at the California company's home for a run through Oct. 22.

In The God of Hell, a rural Wisconsin farming couple out of touch with the world of politics find themselves amid a "plot involving military secrets, torture, and mysterious blue sparks" when two unwelcome visitors come to their door.

The cast features Bay Area notables Anne Darragh and John Flanagan as the farmer couple with Jackson Davis as their unsuspecting neighbor and Michael Santo as a salesman.

The design team for The God of Hell includes Erik Flatmo (set), Kurt Landisman (lighting), Fumiko Bielefeldt (costumes) and Don Seaver (sound). Scott Walecka serves as assistant director and Angela Nostrand is stage manager.

Randy Quaid, J. Smith-Cameron, Frank Wood and Tim Roth starred in the world premiere of God of Hell ("The" has since been added to the title) at the Actors Studio Drama School Theatre (formerly the Westbeth Theatre Center) in New York. Lou Jacob directed the Off-Broadway production which ran in November 2004. The work has since played in London at the Donmar Warehouse and Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse. Shepard (also an actor and director) is known to the theatre world as a playwright for such works as True West and his Pulitzer Prize winner Buried Child. He recently starred Off-Broadway in Caryl Churchill's A Number which marked his return to the stage after a 30-year absence. On film, he has appeared "Days of Heaven," "The Right Stuff," "Fool for Love," "Crimes of the Heart," "Baby Boom," "Steel Magnolias" and "The Pelican Brief."

The new Magic season continues with Moving Right Along by Elaine May and Jan Mirochek (Oct. 21-Nov. 19), Hot House '07 (Feb. 3-April 7, 2007) — featuring three world premieres in rotating repertory: Pleasure and Pain by Chantal Bilodeau, Rust by Kirsten Greenidge and 'Bot by C. Michèle Kaplan — as well as Claire Chafee's Why We Have A Body (May 19-June 17, 2007).

Tickets to The God of Hell at the Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center (Building D) in San Francisco, CA are available by calling (415) 441-8822. For more information, visit the Magic Theatre website at www.magictheatre.org.

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