The Martha Heasley Cox

Our annual play festival brings bold emerging and mid-career playwrights together. We are dedicated to giving each writer the time, space and resources to create, experiment, and hear their work out loud. This year, due to the COVID Pandemic, our festival will be virtual, but we are no less committed to giving each of our playwrights the support they need to create.

Recent Virgin Play Festival writers have included: Ricardo Pérez González, Hansol Jung, Ashlin Halfnight, Anna Moench, Chisa Hutchinson, Barbara Hammond, Lauren Yee, Clare Barron, Mfoniso Udofia, and many more. It's an exciting opportunity for writers to work and for us to get to know them. We are particularly interested in scripts that have not yet had productions or numerous development processes. Magic is dedicated to creative risk: we cultivate bold new plays and playwrights to produce explosive, entertaining, and ideologically robust stories that ask substantive questions about our place in humanity.

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December 17 | 8:00pm PST

Juggling her dreams of becoming an actress, a strained relationship with her mother, and the never-ending night shift, twenty-one year old Nur finds herself navigating the complexities of refugee life in London. But when an unwelcome visitor arrives and disrupts the fragile peace of their lives, Nur and her family must stare down the betrayals of their past, the harsh realities of the present, and the secrets that continue to divide them.

Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her stage and screenplays have been developed by/at Atlantic Theatre, Ars Nova (Play Group member), NYTW (2050 fellow), O’Neill, New Group, Dramatists Guild (DGF fellow), IFP, Roundabout Space Jam, Cannes Film Festival, Orchard Project, LaMaMa, the Lark, Noor, Golden Thread Productions, and 24 Hour Plays in the U.S., as well as the Finborough and Park theatres in London. She recently worked on developing a screenplay with Revelations Entertainment headed by Morgan Freeman, appeared in the film “Seneca” on HBOMax, and released her short play Scraps and Things on Playing On Air, starring Carol Kane and herself. Melis is currently developing a musical play with Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams based on their illustrated book Hundred Feet Tall, and is commissioned by Ars Nova. Her play Field, Awakening (Kilroy’s List) will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre directed by Rory McGregor (covid-19 pending). Training: Columbia (MFA), Tufts (BA), RADA (Acting). Representation: CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Evren Odcikin (Director)
is a theater director, writer, and arts administrator with a commitment to bring underrepresented stories and voices to the American stage. He serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Steering Committee member for the MENA Theater Maker Alliance, a co-founder of Maia Directors, and a resident artist at Golden Thread Productions. As a director, he has worked with Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth, ART, PlayCo, Geva, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, The Lark, InterAct, Cleveland Public Theatre, Golden Thread, and Crowded Fire. As a writer, he is under commission with Leila Buck to create 1001 Nights (A Retelling) for Cal Shakes.

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December 17th | When My Mama Was A Hittite by Melis Aker

January 14th | Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson) by Rachel Lynett

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2019 playwrights

Anna Moench
Hansol Jung
César Enríquez
Ted Malawer
 Vichet Chum
Joshua Harmon
Miranda Rose Hall

2018 playwrights

MJ Kaufman
Anna Moench
Ricardo Pérez González
Ashlin Halfnight
Chisa Hutchinson
Mfoniso Udofia
Barbara Hammond

2017 Playwrights

Han Ong
Ashlin Halfnight
Barbara Hammond
Tearrance Chisholm
Kate Tarker
L Feldman
Katja Gottlieb-Stier