Rough Magic

Rough Magic

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick
January 27 – February 25

Part of the Kennedy Center’s

“IF YOU SEE ONLY ONE PLAY during the six-month-long Shakespeare In Washington Festival SEE ROUGH MAGIC… the play itself prooves an inspired choice for an impoverished but balls- to-the-wall theater company.”
– The City Paper

Caliban has escaped from Prospero’s island after being imprisoned for 500 years. On the run from his sadistic and powerful master, he finds himself in modern-day New York where he joins forces with a dramaturg with magical powers and a love-struck lifeguard who might be the child warrior fated to save the world. Taking his cues from many of today’s most popular comic and graphic novel writers like Neil Gaiman (SANDMAN), Bill Willingham (FABLES) and Warren Ellis (PLANETARY), Aguirre-Sacasa, a writer for Marvel Comics and one of America’s hottest young playwrights, melds a very real New York with Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, creating a modern tale of thrills, chills and drag queen furies.

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PRODUCED BY Jenny McConnell Frederick and Randy Baker

FEATURING Company Members Tracy Lynn Olivera, Grady Weatherford and Jason Basinger Linkins and also featuring Diana Cherkas, Danny Gavigan, Cesar A. Guadamuz, Gwen Grastorf, Lee Liebeskind, Dustin Loomis, Ghillian Porter and Vasanth Santosham
DESIGNED BY Eric Grims (Set), Andrew Cissna (Lights), Frank Labovitz (Costumes), Matthew Frederick (Sound), Debra Kim Sivigny (Props)
STAGE MANAGED BY Megan Reichelt and Cecilia Cackley (Asst. Stage Manager)
WITH Casey Kaleba (Fight Choreography), Rachel Miller (Dramaturgy), Ryan Taylor (Asst. Director), Andrew F. Griffin (Asst. Lighting Design)

ROUGH MAGIC is sponsored in part by generous contributions from Samantha & John Foti, Lt. Col. & Mrs. William F. McConnell and an Anonymous Donor.

Season 7 was sponsored in part by the Dobranski Foundation

Performed in THE SANCTUARY THEATRE at Casa Del Pueblo Calvary Methodist Church
(Rorschach Theatre’s home: 2002-2007)