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Fascinated by the relationship between sound and memory, Kolvenbach has written the story of a fifty-five-year marriage as told through the simple sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments, and household noises. What emerges is a collage of life captured on audio tape. Magic veterans from the 80’s: Will Marchetti (Fool for Love premiere) and Carla Spindt (Aunt Dan and Lemon) will play as Walter and Maggie. Their younger counter parts will be played by Magic favorites: Zoë Winters (Mauritius) and Andrew Pastides (Fool for Love, 2017).

In addition to Mr. Kolvenbach, the creative team includes Erik Flatmo (Scenic Design), Sara Huddleston (Sound Design), Meg Neville (Costume Design), and Wen-Ling Liao (Lighting Design).

“I have been privileged to work at the Magic for almost a decade,” said playwright/director John Kolvenbach. “REEL TO REEL will be my fourth collaboration with Loretta, her staff and her audience. I am thrilled to be back.”

“We are thrilled to welcome John back with his beautiful new play,” said Loretta Greco, Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director. “Over the years, John has become an integral part of our Magic family. I am over the moon to see him trying something wonderfully new in Reel to Reel which explores a long- standing intimate relationship through sound. I know that our audiences will be moved and charmed by this emotionally unique experience.”

About John Kolvenbach

John Kolvenbach is the author of Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney, Love Song, on an average day, Gizmo Love, Fabuloso, Bank Job, and Marriage Play (or Half ‘n Half ‘n Half) which premiered in 2012 at Merrimack Repertory. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory in the spring of 2009, directed by Loretta Greco. Goldfish was then produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the fall of that year. The Magic also premiered Mrs. Whitney in the fall of 2009, under Kolvenbach’s direction. Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in the spring of 2006, directed by Austin Pendelton. Love Song went on to the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award, best new comedy. The London production was directed by John Crowley, with Neve Campbell, Cillian Murphy, Kristen Johnston and Michael McKean. Love Song has been produced in New York, Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul and Rome. There have been over fifty productions in the US. on an average day premiered at the Comedy Theatre on the West End in 2002, with Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, also directed by Mr. Crowley. Average Day has been produced in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Lisbon among many other places. Fabuloso premiered at the Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre in 2008, directed by Mr. Kolvenbach. Fabuloso was staged in San Juan and Zurich, in Spanish and Swiss German, respectively.


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