Magic Theatre artistic director Loretta Greco confirmed that the five-play season includes the freshly added titles, plus the previously mentioned return of playwright Claire Chafee's hit Why We Have a Body and the world premieres of Jesus In India by Lloyd Suh (American Hwangap) and Bruja by Luis Alfaro (Oedipus el Rey).
Why We Have a Body will be directed by Katie Pearl. It features Lili, a lesbian P.I. who stalks men cheating on their wives. According to Magic, "When she is not channeling Joan of Arc, Lili's sister, Mary, holds up a 7-Eleven and directs traffic. Their mother, Eleanor, an archeologist, specializes in — what else? — the female brain. The play premiered at Magic in 1993 and ran to sold out houses for six months."
Greco will direct Annapurna, biled as "a breathtaking story about the longevity of love. After 20 years apart, Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere for a final reckoning. What unfolds is a visceral and profound meditation on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements: two people in one room. Playwright Sharr White's wit is razor sharp, his insight deep, and his poetry spare. Nothing could be more epic."
Jesus In India is "a contemporary parable imagining a wild stretch in the lost years of Jesus Christ in which the "teenaged and wayward Jesus of Nazareth journeys to the east with his friend, Abigail of Galilee, towards a spiritual haven full of Maharajas, music, and some really good weed." Daniela Topol directs.
Any Given Day is made up of two plays: "It's 2 PM in the East Side of Glasgow: Bill and Sadie are preparing for the arrival of their favorite person. It's all going like clockwork until they discover they've forgotten the bread. It's 2 PM in the West Side of Glasgow: two people are closing up the bar for the afternoon. A chance call opens up the opportunity for a future which they have stopped imagining." Jon Tracy directs the work, which "explores the fleeting nature of love and happiness set against a backdrop of violence and disappointment."
Bruja, directed by Greco, is a reimagining of Euripides' Medea in a contemporary setting. It's billed as "a sizzling look at a sorceress scorned." Alfaro's modern barrio retelling of Sophocles' Oedipus previously played at Magic in 2010 and went on to be named one of San Francisco Chronicle's 10 Best of the Bay Area in 2010. It won Alfaro the prestigious Will Glickman Playwright Award for Best New Play in the Bay Area in 2010.