"Bright Half Life" by Tanya Barfield at the Women's Project Theatre in 2015. Pictured: Rebecca Henderson and Rachael Holmes (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Magic Theatre Announces All-Female Season for 2015–16

The slate includes new plays by Mfoniso Udofia, Tanya Barfield and Penelope Skinner, as well as a revival of Jessica Hagedorn’s ‘Dogeaters.’

SAN FRANCISCO: Magic Theatre has announced a season of five plays, all of them penned by women, including two world premieres.

“This season is a journey…a fierce, adventurous and decidedly global odyssey and we are tremendously excited to share it with you, ” said producing artistic director Loretta Greco in a statement.

The season will open with Penelope Skinner’s Fred’s Diner, about a diner located on a busy motorway in England that houses a deadly secret.

Next will be Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, a 1998 adaptation of her novel about a girl growing up in the 1950s in the Philippines who grapples with the country’s political turmoil.

Following will be Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life, about two women’s relationship through snapshots of scenes spanning a 40-year period.

Closing the season will be the world premieres of Sojourners and Runboyrun by Mfoniso Udofia, which were both developed in the Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series. These two plays are part of a nine-play series titled Ufot Family Cycle, about a Nigerian family’s transition to life in America. Udofia will be on a two-month residency with Magic Theatre while she completes the cycle.

  • Fantastic to see this crop of diverse and talented women writers in the Magic’s season. Who will announce the next all female playwright season in the Bay Area? In addition to what’s been mentioned already, I’m excited to see the #genderparity in the 15-16 season at Aurora. Regionally, we are starting to snowball! #whosgotnext

  • Miss_Led

    This is a fantastic development! Brava Magic and Loretta!

  • Bravo. First, Shotgun Players in Berkeley. Now, the Magic in San Francisco. So jazzed to be part of this vibrant theatre scene. And a big shout out to the “Yeah, I said Feminist” Theatre Salon, Works by Women, and the Counting Actors Project for getting — and keeping — the conversation about women in theatre on everybody’s mind — and in these wonderful theaters’ seasons

  • Tiiu Eva Rebane

    Congrats to the Magic for taking the baton and running with it! 2nd Bay Area company in the past few months to announce an all-female season of playwrights! It’s a great step forward in the fight for equality. I’ll be in the audience with a smile on my face. Who’s next??

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