Vogel's Long Christmas Ride Home and Five World Premieres Set for Next Magic Theatre Season

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Basil Twist directs the west coast premiere of Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home as part of San Francisco's Magic Theatre new 2005-2006 season full of premieres which also includes works from Edna O'Brien, David Rambo and Steven Sater with Duncan Sheik.

"This is an ambitious season – we will hire more actors than ever before and four out of the seven directors are current or previous artistic directors,” stated Magic artistic director Chris Smith in a release. "I am also thrilled that we are able to feature so many female playwrights and directors in one season."

In addition to its four announced productions, the Magic will also present its third annual Hot House festival, featuring three world premieres in rotating repertory.

The 2005-06 Magic season lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Family Butchers by Edna O'Brien (Sept. 24-Oct. 23)
    Paul Whitworth directs the American premiere of the playwright of The Country Girls trilogy which finds a woman returning to her rural Ireland home hoping "to forgive and be forgiven, [but] the shadow of a domineering patriarch continues to loom over the family."


  • The Hopper Collection by Mat Smart (Nov. 12-Dec. 11)
    Chris Smith stages the world premiere about a devoted husband and scheming wife who are unexpectedly visited by a pair of young lovers.
  • The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (Jan. 21-Feb. 19, 2006)
    Puppetmaster Basil Twist directs the staging penned by How I Learned to Drive Pulitzer Prize winner which features his creations and actors playing three siblings and their parents on a wild ride home one night following a holiday gathering.
  • The Ice-Breaker by David Rambo (Feb. 18-March 19, 2006)
    Art Manke directs this world premiere play by God's Man in Texas scribe about a "young PhD student on the verge of a momentous discovery [who] seeks an ally in a disgraced genius. Cold science gives way to warm emotion, leading them to reveal the passions and demons that drive their quests."
  • The Hot House (April 15-June 11, 2006)
    • Rust by Kirsten Greenidge
      Raelle Myrick-Hodges directs the comedy which explores cultural stereotypes which poses the questions: "What if Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben decided to reclaim their lives – rebuild their families? Can they help a black football superstar to play the game on his own terms?"
    • Morbidity And Mortality by Courtney Baron
      Loretta Greco stages the "portrait of one woman's most intimate pain and loss – and her obsession with the doctor who failed to save her baby."
    • The Golden Rooms of Nero by Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik
      Beth Milles directs the work in which "the indulgent, political and personal world of [controversial boy-emperor] Nero comes to life in this feast of language, imagery, and music."

    Subscriptions to the new season at the Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center (Building D) in San Francisco, CA are available by calling (415) 441-8822. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 16. For more information, visit the Magic Theatre website at www.magictheatre.org.

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