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Now–May 6

Magic Theatre presents
World Premiere

THE GANGSTER OF LOVE

By Jessica Hagedorn
Directed by Loretta Greco

Fort Mason
2 Marina Blvd.
Building D, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123


Jessica Hagedorn’s The Gangster of Love focuses on the author’s own story of immigration from Manila and is based on her book of the same name. Raquel "Rocky" Rivera and her eccentric family settle in the Haight during the 1970s, amidst a dynamic period of conflict, social change, and artistic flourishing in San Francisco. The lauded city of poets, rebels, and thriving musicians will be reclaimed at Magic Theatre through the eyes of Hagedorn's immigrant artists. This world premiere stage adaptation—20 years in the making—will feature live music, poetry reading, and the music video as key narrative forms. The Gangster of Love is a Magic Gerbode commissioned new play.

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April 20–29

UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents

the Dream of Kitamura

Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda
Co-Directed and Choreographed by Katie Faulkner

Zellerbach Playhouse
Berkeley, CA 94720

Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, the Dream of Kitamura tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be? And what of the icy Lady Zuma, and his petulant daughter Otsu? Danger lurks in the House of Rosanjin as great love kills great love.

One of America's leading playwrights, and UC Berkeley TDPS Professor, Philip Kan Gotanda directs this early work, more experimental than most of his plays, in collaboration with choreographer Katie Faulkner. The play stems from a haunting image that appeared to Gotanda in a nightmare: "The dream was very potent. I woke up and, out of it, I built a murder mystery—a ferverish, dream play."  

This hallucination was part of Gotanda's early search for what theater would look like for a young Asian American artist—blending Butoh, The Three Stooges, martial arts, Japanese fashion mash-up, Spaghetti Westerns, and Gagaku–Japanese court music.  

Students & Seniors, Cal Staff & Faculty: $13 online in advance, $15 at the door. ID required.
General Admission: $18 online in advance, $20 at the door.

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May 3–27

Marin Theatre Company presents
Bay Area Premiere

Marjorie Prime

By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

It’s 2062, the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. Harrison is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters Innovative Playwright Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, a NYSCA grant, and an NEA/TCG Residency with The Empty Space Theater.

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