And I and Silence

And I and Silence
(October 29 - November 23, 2014)

by Naomi Wallace
directed by Loretta Greco

In segregated 1950's America, two women bridge a racial and cultural divide to transcend their fate. From Naomi Wallace comes a playful and poetic story of survival.

"Wallace is one of the most subtle and politically engaged playwrights of her generation." -Variety


Meet the Playwright

Naomi Wallace is a playwright from Kentucky. Her plays—which have been produced in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East—include In the Heart of America,Slaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The FeverChart: Three Visions of the Middle East, And I and Silence, The Hard Weather Boating Party,The Liquid Plain. Her stage adaptation of William Wharton's novel Birdy was produced on theWest End in London. In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated into the permanent répertoireof the French National Theater, the Comédie-Française. Only two American playwrights havebeen added to La Comédie's repertoire in 300 years. Films: Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, FlyingBlind (co-written with Bruce-Mcleod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), JosephKesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award, and the 2012Horton-Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of theMacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. In 2013 Wallace received the inaugural Windham Campbell prize for drama.

Meet the Cast & Crew

Loretta Greco (Director/ Producing Artistic Director) is in her seventh season as Magic’s Producing Artistic Director where she is proud to have produced a body of work for Taylor Mac, Lloyd Suh, Luis Alfaro, Theresa Rebeck, Linda McLean, Octavio Solis, Sharr White, John Kolvenbach, and numerous others. Her selected directing credits while at Magic include: Buried Child, Se Llama Cristina, The Other Place, BrujaAnnapurna, Or, Oedipus el ReyGoldfish, and Mauritius. Ms. Greco’s New York premieres include: Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story, the Obie Award-winning Lackawanna Blues by Ruben Santiago Hudson, and Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano at The Public Theater; Katherine Walat’s Victoria Martin Math Team Queen, Karen Hartman’s Gum, Toni Press Coffman’s Touch, and Rinne Groff’s Inky at Women’s Project; Emily Mann’s Meshugah at Naked Angels; Laura Cahill’s Mercy at The Vineyard Theatre and Nilo Cruz’s A Park in Our House at New York Theatre Workshop. Additional regional credits include the critically acclaimed revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and the West Coast premiere of David Harrower’s Blackbird at American Conservatory Theater; Romeo and Juliet and Stop Kiss at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as productions at LaJolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Studio Theater, Intiman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Arena Stage, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Playmakers Repertory Company, and The Cleveland Play House. She directed the national tour of Emily Mann’s Having Our Say as well as the International premiere at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Greco has developed work with dozens of writers at Sundance, The O’Neill, South Coast Rep, The Mark Taper Forum, New Harmony, New York Stage and Film, The Cherry Lane, New Dramatists, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and The Public. Prior to her Magic post, she served as Producing Artistic Director of New York’s Women’s Project and as The Associate Director/Resident Producer at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton where she conceived and launched their Second Stage-On-Stage Initiative and commissioned work from Doug Wright, Nilo Cruz, and Joyce Carol Oates among others. Ms. Greco received her MFA from Catholic University, her BA from Loyola University, New Orleans. She is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and the recipient of two Drama League Fellowships and a Princess Grace Award.

Jessi Campbell* (Dee) is very happy to be returning to the stage and so grateful to be working again with her dear longtime friend. Jessi has worked in theater, film, and TV in NYC and San Francisco. Favorite acting credits include: Blackbird (American Conservatory Theater), Speed-the-Plow (American Conservatory Theater), Inky (Women’s Project), Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Women’s Project), Commedia Dell Smartass (Ohio Theatre) and Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane Theater). She received her B.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Member of AEA and SAG.

Tristan Cunningham* (Jamie) Tristan Cunningham started her performing days when she was only ten with Vermont’s own country circus, Circus Smirkus. After touring for eight years, she decided to change her focus to acting and recently graduated with a B.F.A from S.U.N.Y Purchase Acting Conservatory. Her Bay Area credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, A Winter's Tale, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream with California Shakespeare Theater, and The Arsonists with The Aurora Theater.  She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and she is honored to be work with Magic Theater for the first time.

Siobhan Marie Doherty (Young Dee) is thrilled to be back at Magic after making her debut here as Queen Bee in Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge.  A graduate of NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, she performed in numerous NYC venues before her return to west coast.  Select Bay Area credits include: 2012, The Musical! (Suze) with SF Mime Troupe, Speakeasy (Dorothy) with Boxcar, Merry Wives of Windsor (M. Quickly) with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and Tenderloin (Cara/Mary Anne) with Cutting Ball, a documentary play which she helped research and perform, and for which she was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.  A wearer of many artistic hats, she also performs sketch comedy (Killing My Lobster, PianoFight, The Mess), directs (Playwrights Foundation, Bay One Acts Festival), and teaches drama (Nueva, Theatreworks, Word For Word).  Everlasting gratitude to her family, Jim Shelby, and many others who have been both support and beacons over the years.  She can be seen next in KMLZ Holidaze! at ZSpace.

Angel Moore* (Young Jamie) is from Cincinnati, OH.  Some of her favorite credits include: Cassandra (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) at Shakespeare and Company, Beneatha (A Raisin in the Sun), Esther (Intimate Apparel), Ismene (Antigone), Gwen (A Song for Coretta), Penny (You Cant Take It With You) and Mary (Black Nativity). Angel holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and a BA from Alabama State University.

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