Hot playwright Rebecca Gilman will be getting another break out production — this time a world premiere in San Francisco, introducing the writer to the Bay Area. The American in Me, to be directed by Amy Glazer (Wyoming, Stonewall Jackson's House), will make its debut at the Magic Theatre June 8-July 8.
This new social satire tells of the lengths a contemporary couple will go to conceive a child, often with surprising consequences. A longtime associate of Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Gilman has recently sent two of her Goodman plays to New York City - Spinning Into Butter, which played Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Stage; and Boy Gets Girl, which recently began previews at Manhattan Theatre Club. She is also the author of Osborn Award winner The Glory of Living, The Land of Little Horses, My Sin and Nothing More and Blue Surge, which premieres at the Goodman Theatre this summer.
Gilman will be in residence at the Magic during the play's run.
Also added to the Magic's schedule is Frank Wortham's solo show, House of Lucky. A San Francisco story to the core, this 80-minute piece takes a ride on the MUNI through drugs and alcohol, dangerous sex and poetry slams.
House of Lucky had its San Francisco premiere at The Marsh, where it garnered two Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards. Josh Costell directs the show, running March 30-April 29. The Magic Theatre is located in Building D at the Fort Mason Center on Marina Boulevard. For reservations, (415) 441-8822. The Magic Theatre is on line at http://www.magictheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren