FETCH CLAY, CHOIR BOY & More Set for Marin Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
Last night at Opening Night of Carson Kreitzer's Lasso of Truth, Marin Theatre Company's artistic director Jasson Minadakis and managing director Michael Barker announced the company's 2014-15 season programming today. Featuring six new plays by living contemporary playwrights in MTC's intimate 231-seat mainstage Boyer Theatre, the season includes:
- the return of Tarell Alvin McCraney - his first since the triumphant local premiere of "The Brother/Sister Plays" at MTC, Magic Theatre and A.C.T. - with the Bay Area premiere of Choir Boy
- West Coast premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man by San Francisco native Will Power
- Bay Area premiere of The Convert, the Bay Area debut of playwright Danai Gurira (an Obie Award-winning dramatist and also the actor best known as Michonne in AMC's The Walking Dead)
- two winners of MTC's Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, including the Bay Area premiere of The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter and the West Coast premiere of The Way West by Mona Mansour
- a special holiday season presentation of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)
Based in Mill Valley, MTC is a 47-year old professional nonprofit theater. It is a destination for provocative plays by contemporary playwrights and some of the finest acting in the region.
"I am delighted to announce our extraordinary 2014-15 season and to welcome to our theater five of our country's most unique, provocative new voices (as well as a dash of Marin-bred comic genius)," said Minadakis. "This is the most diverse, exciting line-up of plays and playwrights that has ever been offered on our mainstage. For the first time, two of our Sky Cooper Prize winners will share the same season: Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale, one of the most compassionate and devastating plays to hit the American theater in years; and Mona Mansour's The Way West, an irreverently funny play-with-music about a Central California family of women. For the first time in our history, we will also offer three plays from African-American playwrights: The Convert, the Bay Area debut of playwright Danai Gurira, is an astonishing, passionate examination of the historical colonization of Southern Africa; the West Coast premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, Will Power's bracing, percussive new play about the friendship between two of the 60s most polarizing personalities - Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit; and the Bay Area premiere of Choir Boy, a beautiful and hopeful gospel-infused coming-of-age play by McArthur Genius grant-awardee Tarell Alvin McCraney, returning to MTC after his In the Red and Brown Water thrilled our audiences in 2010. And for the holidays, we bring back Marin's comic favorites, Reduced Shakespeare Company, with their abridged and hysterical look at the history of comedy."
MTC opens its 2014-15 season in August with the West Coast premiere of Will Power's Fetch Clay, Make Man. Why would the shining son of the Nation of Islam seek help from one of the most vilified figures of black American culture? In this knockout new play, San Francisco-native Power investigates one of the most unlikely friendships of the Civil Rights era, between the young, largely untested heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and the disgraced and disregarded Hollywood actor Stepin Fetchit, who is inseparable from his demeaning onscreen character. "Plenty of verbal punches are thrown" in this "eye-popping [and] intriguing" (The New York Times) new historical drama that is also a "fascinating [and] bracing look at the politics of identity" (Backstage.com).