Taylor Mac in Act 7 of "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music" at St. Ann's Warehouse. (Photo by Teddy Wolff)

Magic Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season

The season will include three world premieres and Taylor Mac’s ‘A 24-Decade History.’

SAN FRANCISCO: Magic Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

“It has been Magic Theatre’s great privilege to support the shapeshifting work of visionary Taylor Mac over the last eight years,” said artistic director Loretta Greco in a statement. “We are over-the-moon to be a part of bringing Mac’s latest masterwork, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, to San Francisco in this unprecedented partnership with Pomegranate Arts, the Curran, and Stanford Live.”

The season will kick off with Taylor Mac and Matt Ray’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Sept. 15-24), copresented with the Curran Theater, Stanford Live, and Pomegranate Arts, a concert performance that presents the history of the United States through music beginning in 1776.  The concert will be presented as four six-hour concerts at the Curran.

Next up will be the world premiere of Barbara Hammond’s The Eva Trilogy (Fall), with the three plays Eden, Enter the Roar, and No Coast Road. The trilogy follows an Irish expat who returns home from Paris and makes an irreparable choice when her ailing mother’s fate is placed in her hands. Julia McNeal will star, and Greco will direct.

Following will be the world premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Reel to Reel (Winter 2018), which chronicles a 55-year marriage through recorded conversations, arguments, and household noises. Will Marchetti will star, and Kolvenbach will direct.

The season will conclude with the world premiere of Jessica Hagedorn’s The Gangster of Love (Summer 2018), an autobiographical tale of Hagedorn’s immigration from Manila to San Francisco. Greco will direct.

Programming will also include the Martha Heasley Cox Virgin Play Festival, which will showcase new plays by emerging writers.

Founded in 1967, Magic Theatre produces bold new plays that reflect the diversity of the world.

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