Welcome to...Wyoming? Screenwriter and novelist Barry Gifford's drama on the American Dream will have its world premiere in a different Western state -- California -- at San Francisco's Magic Theatre. The production, directed by the Magic's associate artist Amy Glazer, runs April 7-30 with an opening April 14.
Set as a series of vignettes during a cross-country car trip during the 1950's, Wyoming puts a mother and her eight year old son on a quest for the American Dream in a place they've never been. Escaping the dangers from the mob that face the boy's father, street-wise Kitty talks to her son Roy about everything from dinosaur brains and planetary disasters to racial discrimination and the death of love. Gifford is the author of the novel "Wild at Heart," which was then made into the David Lynch film. His other collaborations with Lynch include "Lost Highway" and "The Hotel Room Trilogy." His works have also included books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
Glazer directed the California premiere of An American Daughter as well as the West Coast premieres of Pride's Crossing, Conversations With My Father, Marvin's Room, Stonewall Jackson's House and Mrs. Klein.
Anne Darragh stars as Kitty with Alex Brightman as her child, Roy. Darrah's credits include the Magic's A Common Vision, Speaking in Tongues and The Baltimore Waltz.
Tickets are $30-$15. The Magic Theatre is located at Bldg. D, Fort Mason Center on Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street. For more information, call (415) 441-8822. The Magic Theatre is on the web at http://www.magictheatre.org. *
The rest of the Magic's 1999-2000 runs as follows:
• June brings the premiere of Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch, recently workshopped in the Magic's Lesbian Playwrights Festival. Based on her book of updated fairy tales, Witch features strong, courageous and sexy heroines not afraid to pursue what they want. Donoghue is best known for her Ladies and Gentlemen and her novels "Stir-Fry" and "Hood." Kent Nicholson (Stones in His Pockets) directs the play, which runs June 2 25.
• Finally, Charles L. Mee, Jr.'s Summertime will run June 30-July 23. Set in and around a garden terrace, the play is a comic and serious look at love and sex through a long and complicated series of characters who weave in and out of each other's romances. Kenn Watt, who directed the 1999 workshop of the same, will return to helm the full Magic production.
-- By Christine Ehren