World Premiere The Hopper Collection Hangs Longer at San Francisco's Magic

News   World Premiere The Hopper Collection Hangs Longer at San Francisco's Magic The world premiere run of Mat Smart's The Hopper Collection at San Francisco's Magic Theatre has extended "by popular demand" through Dec. 31.

Magic artistic director Chris Smith stages the new work which began Nov. 12 and opened Nov. 19 for a run at the company's California home originally slated through Dec. 11. The work now adds three weeks of performances.

Penned by the recent graduate of University of California San Diego's MFA Playwriting Program, The Hopper Collection is billed as "a post-modern riff on age-old relationships" which centers on Marjorie and her devoted husband Daniel — who is "her favorite target until a pair of young lovers crashes the party."

The cast features Julia Brothers and Andy Murray as the art-obsessed couple with Zac Jaffee and Anna Bullard as the young guests. The Hopper Collection will also be produced at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company in 2006.

Playwright Smart has also penned The Debate Over Courtney O'Connell of Columbus, Nebraska and Shoes, Chopin's Preludes, Pure, The Bebop Heard in Okinawa and Hand, Foot, Arm, and Face. He is currently at work on Telescopes (with the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Keep Ishmael (an Ethan Deppe rock musical at Chicago's White Horse Theatre Company) and a commission from South Coast Repertory.

Director Smith will repeat directorial duties on Charles Grodin's The Right Kind of People (which debuted at Magic) for its upcoming Off-Broadway premiere. The design team includes Erik Flatmo (set), Christopher Studley (lighting), Callie Floor (costumes) and Yvette Janine Jackson (sound). Magic Theatre's 2005-2006 season continues in 2006 with Hot House, an annual repertory festival featuring full-production world premieres of The Golden Rooms of Nero by Steven Sater, with music by Grammy-nominated Duncan Sheik as well as Morbidity and Mortality by Courtney Baron (Feb. 11-April 9). David Rambo's The Ice-Breaker (March 11-April 9, 2006) and Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home (May 13-June 11, 2006) will conclude the season.

Tickets to The Hopper Collection at the Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center (Building D) in San Francisco, CA are available by calling (415) 441-8822. For more information, visit the Magic Theatre website at www.magictheatre.org.

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