$60–$72 for one ticket for best-available seating at previews for four different shows (up to $120 value). Ticket prices vary depending on your choice of showtime:
- Select Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
- Select Fridays at 8 p.m.
$132 for one ticket for best-available seating at four different shows (up to $220 value). Choose from the following showtimes:
- Select Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
- Select Thursdays at 8 p.m.
- Select Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.
$108 for one ticket for best-available seating at a three-play sampler (up to $144 value). Choose from five different plays.
- Fred’s Diner: Penelope Skinner, the English playwright behind Village Bicycle, premieres her latest work, a dark comedy about a supposedly mundane diner along a UK roadway. Of course, things are nowhere near as mundane as they seem, which prompted The Guardian to call it “stylish fun” and praise Skinner for her “verbal adroitness.”
- Bright Half Life: Erica and Vicky are married with children when they split up, but their story isn’t linear. Rather, award-winning playwright Tanya Barfield weaves in and out of past moments in the women’s relationship. This tinkering with time was heralded by The New Yorker as “profound.”
- Dogeaters: Adapted for the stage from Jessica Hagedorn’s novel of the same name, Dogeaters explores a world of excess, titillation, and uncertainty in the last days of the Philippines’ Marcos regime. In the words of New York Times’ Bruce Weber, “It’s always a treat when sitting in the theater feels like travel, when the world onstage reaches out to include you, and suddenly you’re transported to another time and place. It’s even better when your destination is exotic, strange and specific: say, Manila, 1982.”
- Sojourners: Emerging playwright Mfoniso Udofia unveils the story of Abasiama, a newly married Nigerian woman who moves to the U.S. with her husband to attend school. In the process, she finds her world upturned and loyalties challenged.
- runboyrun: Thanks to a residency with Magic Theatre, Udofia’s story of Abasiama continues in a second play, this time three decades later as the married couple grapples with a ghost only Abasiama’s husband can see. Both works are part of a nine-play series about the Nigerian Ufot family.
When Academy Award–nominated actor and writer Sam Shepard premiered La Turista at the Magic in 1971, he was far from the last heavy hitter to work with the theater. Throughout his tenure as Playwright In Residence, he's collaborated with everyone from Joseph Chaikan to Nick Nolte and Sean Penn, and that's to say nothing of the other dynamic writers who have seen their work on the Magic's stage—David Mamet, John O'Keefe, and Penelope Skinner, to name a few. Such household names are no doubt drawn to the Magic by its mission to produce "explosive, entertaining, and ideologically robust plays that ask substantive questions about, and reflect the rich diversity of, the world in which we live." That's a far cry from what most of the films actors and writers get to work on in Hollywood.