San Francisco's Magic Nixes Rust; Moves Long Christmas Ride Home Debut

News   San Francisco's Magic Nixes Rust; Moves Long Christmas Ride Home Debut San Francisco's Magic Theatre has postponed its Hot House staging of Kirsten Greenidge's Rust until next year and will move its west coast premiere of Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home to the end of this season.

"I am deeply disappointed to have to hold off presenting Kirsten's fantastic gem," said Magic artistic director Chris Smith, "but given the financial realities of the non-profit arts world and the dynamics of our new works mission, it's important to be responsible at this moment and scale back. Having Paula and [director and puppet creator] Basil [Twist] share their brilliant artistry with the Bay Area in the late spring will simply be the icing on the cake of what is still a remarkably ambitious season."

The shift in the Hot House lineup will allow the company to take advantage of both stages for the other works in the third annual repertory festival — Courtney Baron's Morbidity And Mortality and Steven Sater's The Golden Rooms of Nero featuring music by Duncan Sheik.

The 2005-06 Magic season now lines up as follows:

  • Family Butchers by Edna O'Brien (Sept. 24-Oct. 23)
    Paul Whitworth directs the American premiere of the playwright of The Country Girls trilogy which finds a woman returning to her rural Ireland home hoping "to forgive and be forgiven, [but] the shadow of a domineering patriarch continues to loom over the family."

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  • The Hopper Collection by Mat Smart (Nov. 12-Dec. 11)
    Chris Smith stages the world premiere about a devoted husband and scheming wife who are unexpectedly visited by a pair of young lovers.
  • The Hot House (Feb. 11-April 9, 2006)
    • Morbidity And Mortality by Courtney Baron
      Loretta Greco stages the "portrait of one woman's most intimate pain and loss – and her obsession with the doctor who failed to save her baby."
    • The Golden Rooms of Nero by Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik
      Beth Milles directs the work in which "the indulgent, political and personal world of [controversial boy-emperor] Nero comes to life in this feast of language, imagery, and music."
  • The Ice-Breaker by David Rambo (starting March 11, 2006)
    Art Manke directs this world premiere play by God's Man in Texas scribe about a "young PhD student on the verge of a momentous discovery [who] seeks an ally in a disgraced genius. Cold science gives way to warm emotion, leading them to reveal the passions and demons that drive their quests."
  • The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (May 5-June 11, 2006)
    Puppetmaster Basil Twist directs the staging penned by How I Learned to Drive Pulitzer Prize winner which features his creations and actors playing three siblings and their parents on a wild ride home one night following a holiday gathering. Subscriptions to the new 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. 16. For more information, visit the Magic Theatre website at www.magictheatre.org.