Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright

Magic Theatre, San Francisco’s home for new plays, announced its 2010-2011 season. The four plays featured include the west coast premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, an unforgettable tale of brotherhood directed by Octavio Solis; the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against, a subversive comedy about men, women, and survival in the workplace directed by Loretta Greco; the west coast premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ Or, a cross-dressing contemporary restoration comedy directed by Loretta Greco; and the rolling world premiere of The Lily’s Revenge, a fantastical 5-hour cornucopia of theatre, party, and circus, written by and starring playwright and burlesque performer Taylor Mac.

Details about the season will be shared in a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30pm at Magic Theatre.

“I am delighted to unveil this remarkable season of work by emerging, mid-career and established playwrights – all at the top of their game,” says Artistic Director Loretta Greco. “I’m thrilled to have Liz make her Magic debut and to have the great honor and joy of making something new with Theresa. ”

Magic Theater 2010-2011 Season

The Brothers Size (West Coast Premiere)
an unforgettable tale of brotherhood
written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Octavio Solis
Am I my brother’s keeper? After a homecoming in the bayous of Louisiana, the Size
brothers, Ogun and Oshoosi, try to start fresh. This haunting, funny, and heartbreaking
tour-de-force by Tarell Alvin McCraney probes sexuality, coming of age, and the bonds
of family. The Brothers Size marks the emergence of a major new voice in American
The Brothers Size is the second play of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays, a
trilogy presented across the Bay Area by Magic Theatre, A.C.T., and Marin Theatre
Company this fall.
Dates: September 9 – October 17

Or, (West Coast Premiere)
a cross-dressing contemporary restoration comedy
written by Liz Duffy Adams
directed by Loretta Greco
Aphra Behn is getting out of the spy game and into showbiz. If she can finish her play by
morning, she’ll become the first professional female playwright. All that’s standing in her
way are King Charles II, actress Nell Gwynne, and double agent William Scot, who may
or may not be trying to murder the king. Double-crossing, cross-dressing, sex, art, and
politics all come together in playwright Liz Duffy Adams’ hilarious bodice-ripper that
peers into the life and times of the literal first lady of the stage.
Dates: November 4 – December 5

What We’re Up Against (World Premiere)
a laugh-out-loud comedy
written by Theresa Rebeck
directed by Loretta Greco
In the world of architecture, there’s a system. Stu and Ben get it; they’ve paid their
dues. Webber gets it. Even Janice gets it. But Eliza, the new woman at the firm, just
won’t play by the rules. This is What We’re Up Against. Theresa Rebeck, one of
America’s master playwrights, returns to Magic after her hit show Mauritius with this
laugh-out-loud world premiere comedy about men, women, and survival in the
Dates: February 2 – March 6

The Lily’s Revenge (Rolling World Premiere)
a flowery fantasia
written by and starring Taylor Mac
featuring dozens of Bay Area artists
When a flower falls in love with a blushing bride, can he complete a quest to become a
man and win her love? Should he? Playwright and burlesque performer Taylor Mac,
along with dozens of Bay Area artists, tackle love, marriage, and Prop 8- using vaudeville,
haiku, drag queens, ukuleles, feminist theories, dream ballets, public dressing rooms, and
everything else in Mr. Mac’s theatrical arsenal. A fantastical cornucopia of theatre, party,
circus, and social experiment, The Lily’s Revenge cross examines with humor, heart, and
irreverence one of our oldest institutions.
Dates: April 21 – May 22