The Other Place

The Other Place
(September 12 - October 14, 2012)

by Sharr White
directed by Loretta Greco


Sharr White (playwright of last season's Annapurna) returns to Magic with the West Coast premiere of his critically acclaimed emotional thriller. Hailed as “a cagy, emotionally resonant drama packed with plot twists,” by The New York TimesThe Other Place follows brilliant scientist Juliana Smithton as she unravels a personal, 10-year-old mystery, sifting through disjointed facts, half truths, and cloudy memories that lead her back to a Cape Cod cottage where a revelation awaits her.

"Engrossing...tantalizingly intense, edgily suspenseful...Every element falls perfectly into place."
–Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

The Broadway production of The Other Place was just announced in June.

Meet the Playwright

Sharr White (Playwright) is thrilled to be back at the Magic Theatre with the West Coast premiere of The Other Place, following last year’s World Premiere production of Annapurna (also directed by the incomparable Loretta Greco), which was a finalist for the 2012 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. Mr. White’s plays have been developed or produced at theatres across the country and Europe, including Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC Theatre, Nationaltheater Mannheim, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Six Years at the 2006 Humana Festival), Marin Theatre Company (Sunlight; winner of the 2009 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and more, and Magic will always be one of his favorites. The Other Place received its world premiere production Off-Broadway with MCC Theatre at the Lucille Lortel, featuring Laurie Metcalf (Lucille Lortel, Obie awards) and directed by Joe Mantello (nom. Lucille Lortel); and was subsequently presented with its European premiere at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where it is currently running in rep. The Other Place is a recipient of the 2010 Playwrights First Award; the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund Award; and was an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. Mr. White has also been honored with a Dr. Henry and Lillian Nesburn Award as part of the Julie Harris Award in Playwriting (The Escape Velocity of Savages); and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Six Years). This production of The Other Place at the Magic has allowed White to make crucial script adjustments before the play’s upcoming Broadway premiere with Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman theatre in December, 2012.

Meet the Cast & Crew

Loretta Greco+ (Director/ Producing Artistic Director) is proud to be launching her fifth season as Magic’s Producing Artistic Director where in the last four seasons she has developed and produced more than a dozen new plays. Her selected directing credits while at Magic include: MauritiusGoldfishOedipus el ReyOr, , What We’re Up AgainstAnnapurnaBruja, and The Other Place. 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, Area 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 Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, New Harmony, New York Stage and Film, The Cherry Lane, New Dramatists, 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 the work of 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 and is recipient of two Drama League Fellowships and a Princess Grace Award.

Donald Sage Mackay* (Ian) returns home to the Bay Area after 20 years. Born and raised in nearby Walnut Creek and having attended San Francisco State University he then received his MFA in Acting from UCSD/La Jolla. He currently works out of both Los Angeles and New York. Most recently he appeared at La Jolla Playhouse in the west coast premiere of Blood & Gifts. Other regional theatres include the lead role in Ken Ludwig’s world premiere The Game’s Afoot (Cleveland Play House), Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson, numerous seasons at Shakespeare Festivals in Utah, Idaho and nearby Lake Tahoe, Milwaukee Rep, San Jose Rep, and A Noise Within (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award/Lead Actor). Film/TV: Guest Stars on The Good WifeMad MenHouseWeedsNCISCriminal MindsThe West WingFrasierERThe Shield, feature film Transformers 2, recurring roles on ScrubsThe PracticeProvidence and many others. Mr. Mackay is a proud 20-year member of Actors’ Equity Association and a 14-year member of Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA.

Carrie Paff* (The Woman) is very happy to return to the Magic where she has previously been seen in The Right Kind of People and Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress, which she went on to perform with Ms. Rivers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s Leicester Square Theatre. She has previously had the great pleasure of working with Sharr White on the world premiere of Sunlight at Marin Theatre Company, where she has also been seen in A Streetcar Named Desire and Tiny Alice. Regional credits include A Delicate BalanceSmall Tragedy, and Betrayal at Aurora Theatre Company; After the War at A.C.T; Double Indemnity at ACT Seattle; Legacy of Light and A Picasso at San Jose Rep; Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Arizona Theatre Company; and How the Other Half Loves at Center REP. Film work includes Love & TaxesPresque IsleOpalThis is Macbeth, and This is Hamlet. Ms. Paff holds a master’s degree in educational theater from New York University and is the cofounder of StageWrite, Building Literacy through Theatre.

Henny Russell* (Juliana) BROADWAY: LombardiThe Royal FamilyImpressionismMajor Barbara. OFF-BROADWAY: Fuddy Meers (Minetta Lane); Boy Gets Girl (Manhattan Theatre Club); Marion Bridge (Urban Stages). REGIONAL credits include: God of CarnageProof (Virginia Stage); Life of RileyThe Constant WifeComedy of ErrorsMacbeth (Old Globe); Speaking in TonguesOne (Cincinnati Playhouse); The Scene (Hartford Stage & George Street Playhouse.); Same Time Next Year (Maltz Jupiter); Dinner With Friends (Pittsburgh Public); Frozen (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Season’s Greetings (Denver Center); Something in the Air (Merrimack Rep); Spinning Into Butter (Hartford TheatreWorks); Smell of the Kill (Cleveland Play House); Things We Do For Love (Studio Arena); It Pays to Advertise (Yale Rep); Abigail’s Party (Two River); Mask of Moriarty (Paper Mill Playhouse). FILM: Kilimanjaro (2013 release), You Don’t Know JackRevolutionary RoadTie a Yellow RibbonCornLoopy. TELEVISION: Law & OrderGossip GirlPossible Side EffectsHope & Faith. Ms. Russell holds an MFA from the University of San Diego/Old Globe and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. For more info visit

Patrick Russell* (The Man) is proud to be making his Magic Theatre debut with The Other Place. Most recently, Patrick appeared as Cassio in Othello at Marin Theatre Company and as Jared in Body Awareness at Aurora Theatre Company. Other credits include Once in a Lifetime and A Christmas Carol at ACT, Care of Trees for Shotgun Players, and Trouble in Mind and Awake and Sing! at Aurora Theatre Company. In addition, he has performed with Killing My Lobster, PlayGround, The Jewish Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Foundation. Film credits include the feature film Us and the animated short Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero. Mr. Russell is a graduate of American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. He can next be seen in Wilder Times at Aurora Theatre Company.

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers.+ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

Kevin Johnson* (Performance Stage Manager) is working with the Magic Theatre for the first time. In the Bay Area, some of the other theatres he has stage-managed for include Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and Word for Word. After The Other Place he will be stage-managing Wilder Times at the Aurora Theatre and, in December, The Nutcracker for Oakland Ballet Company...

Megan Q. Sada* (Rehearsal Stage Manager), a proud member of AEA, is honored to be the stage manager for The Other Place. Other Magic productions include: AnnapurnaOr,The Brothers SizeOedipus el Rey, and Goldfish. Some other favorite productions include Endgame & PlayScorchedOnce in a LifetimeClybourne Park (American Conservatory Theater), Lydia (Marin Theatre Company) and her most recent endeavor as assistant director for Blithe Spirit at California Shakespeare Theater. Ms. Sada graduated with a B.F.A. in theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she stage managed often. Megan would like to thank her friends and family for their continuing love and support!..

Myung Hee Cho** (Set & Costume Designer) is a set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance and other entertainment productions. She has collaborated with Loretta Greco on set design for Goldfish by John Kolvenbach at South Coast Repertory; set and costume design for Lackawanna Blues at ACT, The Public Theater, McCarter Theatre that toured North America. Ms. Cho has recently designed set and costumes for Emotional Creature at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre; The Magic Flute at the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; Fear of Writing and Awaking for TheaterWorks, Singapore. Other design credits include: Extraordinary Chambers at the Geffen; Futura at Theater @ Boston Court; The Good Person of Szechuan at the Landestheater, Linz, Austria; Yellow Face at the Mark Taper Forum and The Public Theater; The Word Begins at The Signature Theatre, Washington DC; System Wonderland and The Piano Teacher at South Coast Repertory; Citizen 13559 at the Kennedy Center; The Golden Mickeys for Disney, Hong Kong; Le nozze di Figaro at the Chicago Opera Theater; Flight and Distant Shore at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre. She designed the production of Wit that toured North America. Ms. Cho is a professor of Stage Design at UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television...

Eric Southern** (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be back at the Magic after working on the world premier of Luis Alfaro’s Bruja. Most recently his work on The Secret Agent (Sam Helfrich director) was seen at the Avignon Opera House and as part of the Armel International Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary. Other recent projects include an outdoor production of Coriolanus in the Boston common with director Steve Maler, Cymbeline with director Chris Coleman at Portland Center Stage, The Last 5 Years with director Leah Gardiner at Crossroads Theater, The History of Kisses with director/performer David Cale at Kansas City Rep, and a fully staged version of Handel’s Messiah with director Sam Helfrich at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming projects with Portland Center Stage, Virginia Opera, and the Rattlestick Theater...

Brandon Wolcott (Sound Designer & Composer) has composed music and designed sound for dance and theatre at dozens of spaces around NYC and the U.S. He is the resident sound designer for Collaboration Town and The Woodshed Collective. Recently: Sound Design for Kiss the Air at the Park Avenue Armory with Elizabeth Streb; original music and sound design for Titus Andronicus at The Public; The Maids with Red Bull Theater Co.; The Tenant, a massive theatrical installation with the Woodshed Collective; an immersive Balm in Gilead at Industry City, directed by Brian Mertes. Mr. Wolcott’s music project, Smirk, has performed all over the world, including appearances at Unsound in Krakow, Mutek in Montreal, and the Save Festival in Moscow. Upcoming release of post-classical music on Clown and Sunset Aesthetics...

Hana Sooyeon Kim (Video Designer) Ms. Kim’s most recent design credits include: projection design for Disney’s new musical Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theater, directed by Casey Nicholaw; set and projection design for Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld at The UCLA Herb Albert School of Music, directed by Peter Kazaras. She has been nominated for Best CGI/Video category in Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and LA Weekly Award for her projection design on Futura at the Theater@Boston Court in 2010. Ms. Kim is the recipient of 2012 Princess Grace Awards in Scenic Design. She holds a MFA in Scenic Design from UCLA...

Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Fouquet, CSA (NY Casting) Just completed casting for PBS movie Souls on Fire to air in 2013, and the mini-series Mystery of Matter. Previously cast 7 Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say and 25 Off-Broadway Shows. Additionally, three “Movies of the Week” (with Tyne Daly, Claire Danes, Christopher Reeve, Ed Asner and Daniel J. Travanti), 5 pilots and 2 PBS specials by Wendy Wasserstein and Terrance McNally (with Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Blythe Danner, Spike Lee and Paul Sorvino), the Peabody Award-Winning mini-series Liberty as well as the Emmy Award-Winning mini-series Benjamin Franklin, and John & Abigail Adams. Also cast mini-series God In AmericaThe People v. Leo FrankDolley Madison and Louisa May Alcott. Some regional casting includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won 3 Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”..

Meryl Shaw (Local Season Casting) is delighted to return to the Magic after casting Why We Have a Body and Any Given Day last season, after the pleasure of casting The K of D in artistic director Loretta Greco’s debut season. In addition to casting, Meryl coaches actors and teaches classes for actors and theater enthusiasts. She was casting director at American Conservatory Theater for 17 years and has cast roles for the Huntington Theatre Company, San Francisco Symphony and Opera, Elektra at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and commercial productions in San Francisco, including White ChristmasJitney, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Ms. Shaw also stage managed more than 60 productions throughout the Bay Area, many as Resident Stage Manager at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for twelve years. She has taught or lectured at A.C.T., Rutgers, Carnegie-Mellon, Santa Clara University, St. Mary’s College, and San Francisco Academy of Art, Stagebridge, and other institutions...

Jessica Heidt (Local Season Casting) was the casting director and associate artistic director at Magic Theatre for 9 years, where she directed the world premieres of The Lily’s RevengeTerritoriesPleasure and Pain, and The Black Eyed. She works as a freelance casting director for many Bay Area theatre and film companies including Aurora Theatre, TJT, Encore, SF Playhouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Theatre on the Square, BBC radio, Liru Productions, Mekanism, This is MacBeth, This is Hamlet, Reflective Films, more. Ms. Heidt currently teaches audition skills at Film Acting Bay Area (FABA) and is an active freelance director around the Bay Area...* Member of Actors' Equity Association** Member of United Scenic Artists local 829.[tab:END]

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