Sharr White's Annapurna World Premiere Begins at Magic Theatre

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Denise Cormier and Rod Gnapp are featured in the world premiere of Sharr White's Annapurna, playing Nov. 2-Dec. 4 at Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Artistic director Loretta Greco directs.

Denise Cormier
Denise Cormier

The play, billed as "a breathtaking story about the longevity of love," is by the author of The Other Place, seen at Off-Broadway's MCC Theater in spring 2011.

Here's how Annapurna is described: "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."

Cormier appeared in the national tour of The Graduate and has played regional theatres around the country. Gnapp is a busy Bay Area actor who graduated from American Conservatory Theater's MFA program in San Francisco.

The Other Place was a recipient of the 2010 Playwrights First Award; the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation's Theatre Visions Fund Award; and was an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.

White's Sunlight was commissioned by South Coast Repertory, and premiered at Marin Theatre Company as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere. White's Six Years was produced at the 30th Anniversary Humana Festival of New American Plays. White has also been honored with a Dr. Henry and Lillian Nesburn Award as part of the Julie Harris Award in Playwriting (The Escape Velocity of Savages); a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Six Years); and the 2009 Skye Cooper New American Play Prize (Sunlight). Annapurna was a South Coast Repertory commission, and was developed with Loretta Greco during SCR's 2011 Pacific Playwrights Festival. Magic Theatre is at Fort Mason Center, Building D 3rd Floor, in San Francisco. For tickets and information, call (415) 441-8822 or visit magictheatre.org.

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On Oct. 26, Magic revealed that it was awarded a $300,000 multi-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant, to be used in the 2011-12 through 2013-14 seasons, will support "key artistic initiatives, including the development of new works, playwright residencies and enhanced audience engagement initiatives."

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