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It’s Christmas Eve, and widower Ed has gathered with his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking and sibling pranks, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can’t answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they are forced to confront their own identities. Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee takes a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama in this Broadway-bound, history-making new play.

Young Jean Lee has been called “hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She has written and directed nine shows in New York with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. She is the recipient of two OBIE Awards, the Festival Prize of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, a 2010 Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2012 Doris Duke Artist Award.

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Performance Schedule

Evenings

Tue - Sun 7:30pm

Matinees 

Sun (Preview) Jun 16, 4pm
Thu (Perspectives) Jun 28, 1pm
Sat, Jun 23 & Jul 7, 2pm
Sun Jun 24, Jul 1 & 8, 2pm


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Previews (Jun 14-17) $37 $37
Opening Night (Jun 19) $60 $55
Sat Eve $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $49 $44
Matinees $49 $44
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

* Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. 

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  • GROUPS – Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. Call to book with the discount (415) 388-5208
  • SENIORS (65+) – $4 off any performances 
  • UNDER 30 – $22, all performances
  • TEENS – $10, all performances
  • MILITARY – $6 off all performances. MTC is a proud member of the Blue Star Theatres program. Click here to learn more, and call to book with the discount (415) 388-5208
  • EDUCATOR – $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Contact the Education Dept. to request. 

Military and Under 30 discounts and special group rates available only by calling or visiting the Box Office in person: (415) 388-5208.

Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability.  Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order.  Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.

MTC Engaged Special Events

AFTER WORDS

AFTER WORDS

Post-Show

Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Every Wednesday | 7:10 PM

Join us in the theatre—with a beverage!—for a pre-show talk with a member of our artistic staff prior to every Wednesday evening performance.

Perspectives Matinee

Perspectives Matinee

Thurs., June 28 | 12:00 PM

Topical lecture one hour prior to the 1:00 PM performance.

AFTER HOURS

AFTER HOURS

Sat., June 30 | 10:00 PM

Help us celebrate this brilliant Pulitzer-finalist play at After Hours following the 7:30pm performance, with cocktails, music and more!

Cast

  • James Carpenter*

    James Carpenter*

    Ed

    James Carpenter* is an Associate Artist with California Shakespeare Theater and a former Associate Artist with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Other credits include work at ACT, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Huntington Theatre Company, and Intiman Theatre. Screen credits include the feature films The Rainmaker and Metro, the independent films Singing and For the Coyotes, and the series Nash Bridges. Carpenter is the recipient of many San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including the 2007 Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, he was named a Ten Chimneys Foundation Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.

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  • Arianna Evans

    Arianna Evans

    Person-in-charge 2

  • Seann Gallagher*

    Seann Gallagher*

    Jake

    Seann Gallagher is delighted to be making his debut with Marin Theatre Company. Recent/Favorite credits include THE REAL THING with Aurora Theatre Company, FROST/NIXON & THE VERTICAL HOUR with Neptune Theatre Company, HAMLET with Soulpepper Theatre Company, The GLASS MENAGERIE with Canadian Stage Company, and LOVE’S LABOURS LOST with Repercussion Theatre. He also recently appeared on TV/film in BEAUTIFUL BOY, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, GOOD WITCH, ROGUE, and HANNIBAL among others. Seann is a graduate of the NATIONAL THEATRE SCHOOL OF CANADA and studied under Uta Hagen at HB STUDIOS in New York.

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  • Christian Haines*

    Christian Haines*

    Drew

    Christian Haines is very excited to be making his MTC Debut. Acting Credits: All the Shah’s Men, Seeds, The MoonrisersThe Seagull, Jihad Jones, Value Over Replacement (TBA Award for Featured Actor), Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Aloysius in New York, Escape from Roosevelt Island, Bartleby the Scrivener, Cloud 9, Macbeth, King John, 5th of July, This is Our Youth, The Altruists, Woyzeck, Snake in Fridge, Richard III, Trip to Bountiful, First Time Out of Bounds (Best Short Play NYIT Awards) and dozens more. Directing credits: Demoted,The Game’s Afoot, Bus Stop, Boeing Boeing, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Message, Heroes and Other Strangers (Best of NYC Fringe), Strictly Convenience, Icarus' Mother and lots of Shotz plays. He is the founding Artistic Director of AmiosNYC, AmiosWest and the Highlighter Reading Series. He holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and loves his wife.

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  • J

    J

    Person-in-charge

    J is a transgender, asylum-refugee from India who is practicing the art of story telling while finding what their own story is. Disrupting a post MBA life J jumped into the MFA-Acting program at the University of Washington, graduating class of 2014. Been part of other stories across the Bay: Sarah Shourd’s The Box at Z-Space, Michael Moran’s Grapes of Wrath at Ubuntu, Peter & the Starcatcher at Berkeley Playhouse, Rickshaw Girl at BACT, Eat the Runt at Altarena, Waiting for Godot (Inferno) and Death of a Salesman (Ubuntu), Seagull with Utopia and All is Calm with Contra Costa Civic Theatre. Coming up in October 2018: Hamlet with Ubuntu Theater Project.  #stopwarnow  #Translivesmatter www.pankajkjha.com 

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  • Ryan Tasker*

    Ryan Tasker*

    Matt

    Ryan Tasker has previously appeared at MTC in Anne Boleyn (Simpkin/Barrow) and August: Osage County (Deon Gilbeau)Other recent roles include Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, where he has also appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), The Real Thing (Max)and Sense and Sensibility (Colonel Brandon).  He is an Associate Artist with Word for Word Performing Arts Company in San Francisco, with whom he has originated roles in Three on a Party and You Know When the Men Are Gone, as well as acting and directing for their Off the Page staged reading series.  Tasker's other credits include work with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, Pacific Repertory, Theatre Rhinoceros, TheatreFIRST, theatre Q, and Just Theater, among others.

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Creative Team

  • Young Jean Lee

    Young Jean Lee

    Playwright

    Young Jean Lee is a writer, director, and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She has written and directed ten shows in New York with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Her play Straight White Men will premiere on Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in summer 2018. Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service (Straight White Men and Church), Theatre Communications Group (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays; The Shipment and Lear; and We’re Gonna Die) and Samuel French (Three Plays by Young Jean Lee). She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has written a screenplay commission for Plan B/Paramount Pictures. Her first short film, Here Come the Girls, was presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. In 2013, she released her debut album, We’re Gonna Die, with her band, Future Wife. Lee is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Doris Duke Artist Residency, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, and the ZKB Patronage Prize of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. She has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Creative Capital, the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Arts Presenters/Ford Foundation Creative Capacity Grant, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts: National Theater Project Award

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  • Morgan Gould

    Morgan Gould

    Director

    Morgan Gould is a New York-based writer and director. She is currently a playwriting fellow at Juilliard, a New Dramatists Resident Playwright, and a 2017-18 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Her play I WANNA F***ING TEAR YOU APART, had its world premiere at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC in February 2017 (with Morgan directing). It is currently nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play and DC Theatre Arts said that Morgan's work "shows every bit as much promise as Edward Albee’s early work, arguably more."  She has previously held staff positions at Playscripts, Inc., Lark Play Development Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, where she co-created UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW (BAC/PS 122) and worked alongside Young Jean on the premieres of LEAR (Soho Rep) and WE'RE GONNA DIE (Joe's Pub/ LCT3) and tours of PULLMAN WA and THE SHIPMENT. Morgan’s theater company, Morgan Gould & Friends, has had work featured in and at the New Ohio/ Ice Factory Festival, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, BAX, New Georges, and The Culture Project. Morgan has a B.A. in Directing, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, M.F.A. in Playwriting, Brooklyn College. A frequent collaborator with playwright Leah Nanako Winkler, Morgan has directed Winkler’s plays KENTUCKYin a 2016 co-production with Radio Drama Network, Ensemble Studio Theater and P73, TWO MILE HOLLOW at the 2018 Women’s Project Pipeline Festival, and GOD SAID THIS at the 2018 Humana Festival. Morgan will helm the New York premiere of GOD SAID THIS at Primary Stages in the winter of 2019.

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  • Jessica R. Aguilar*

    Jessica R. Aguilar*

    Stage Manager

    Jes Aguilar couldn’t be more grateful to return to Marin Theatre Company. She formerly Stage Managed Fences and assisted on In the Red and Brown Water. Select previous works include: National Tour: A Night with Janis Joplin; Pasadena Playhouse:  Miracle on 34th Street, Our Town (co-pro with Deaf West Theatre),Shout Sister Shout!, The Originalist, Fly, Real Women Have Curves, Stop Kiss, 12 Angry Men; Geffen Playhouse:  Significant Other, reasons to be pretty, Death of the Author; Los Angeles Theatre Center: Dementia; Cabrillo Music Theatre: Evita; Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Hedwig & the Angry Inch. She is a proud member of AEA & an avid SF Giants fan. Thanks to SA2-HW-PA-F&F and CES.

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  • Luciana Stecconi

    Scenic Designer

    Luciana Stecconi recent Washington DC area designs include Folger Theatre: The Winter's Tale; Olney Theatre Center: The Invisible Hand, Proof, Grounded; Studio Theatre: The Effect, Cloud 9, I want to F#$@ Tear you Apart, Hedda Gabler, An Iliad, Contractions (among many others); Signature Theatre: Jesus Christ SuperstarTender Napalm; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Lights Rise on Grace; Theater J: Brighton Beach Memoirs,  Copenhagen, Yellow Face, Sons of the Prophet; The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences: From the Mouths of Monsters, OLIVERio, A Brazilian Twist, The Gift of Nothing; Imagination Stage: When She Had Wings. She has also designed at Barrington Stage Company, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Everyman Theater, Northern Stage. EDUCATION: M.F.A.  in Theatre Design from Brandeis University. www.lucianastecconi.com

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  • Heather Basarab

    Heather Basarab

    Lighting Designer

    Heather Basarab returns to MTC after last season’s Peerless (BATCC nomination); she recently designed the critically acclaimed Crowded Fire production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment. Her designs for theater and dance have been seen across the country, from La Mama and the New Victory (NY), to the Bay Area’s Shotgun Players (Hamlet, BATCC nomination), AXIS Dance Company (Time Out Chicago’s Best Dance Lighting for Light Shelter), the Joe Goode Performance Group (Isadora Duncan Award for Drowsy), and SF Danceworks (Izzy nomination for Portrait). Ms. Basarab holds a BA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and a MS in Arts Education from Dominican University.

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  • Fumiko Bielfeldt

    Fumiko Bielfeldt

    Costume Designer

    Fumiko Bielefeldt has designed costumes for MTC’s productions of Guards at the Taj, The Oldest Boy, The Convert, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, Equivocation, What the Butler Saw, Lovers & Executioners, Frozen, Displaced, Fugitive Kind, Indiscretions, and Candida. Other credits include Splendour, The Soldier’s Tale, Miss Julie, Antigone, and The Persians at Aurora Theatre; Evie’s Waltz, Territories, The God of Hell, and Fautus at Magic Theatre; The Bridges of Madison County, Rags, Cyrano, Emma, Fallen Angels, Sweeny Todd, Silent Sky, The Little Women, Being Earnest, The Secret Garden, Light in the Piazza, Caroline, or Change, M. Butterfly, and Pacific Overtures at TheatreWorks; The Understudy at San Jose Rep. Her designs also appeared at American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis among others. In Japan, she has designed for Tokyo Theatre of Children and Tokyo Shitamachi Festival. She has received many awards, including the Barbara Bladen Porter Award, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Dean Goodman Choice, Back stage West Garland and Drama-Logue awards.

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  • Sara Huddleston

    Sara Huddleston

    Sound Designer

    Sara Huddleston is thrilled to return to MTC where she previously designed sound for Shakespeare in LoveMiss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and Gem of the Ocean. Other favorite Bay Area sound design credits include: The Gangster of LoveReel to ReelGrandeurFool for LoveDogeatersAnd I And SilenceEvery Five MinutesHirTerminusSe Llama CristinaAny Given DayMrs. Whitney and Goldfish (Magic Theatre); Octopus (Magic/Encore Theatre Company); I Call My Brothers410 [Gone] and Invasion! (Crowded Fire), Autobiography of a Terrorist (Golden Thread Productions); In On It and T.I.C (Encore Theatre Company); The Shaker Chair (Encore Theatre Company/Shotgun Players); and Macbeth (Shotgun Players) Next up: Word for Word's 25th Anniversary! Show (Word for Word) and Kiss (Shotgun Players)Sara will also be designing sound for MTC's Oslo next season. she/her/hers

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  • Dori Jacob

    Dori Jacob

    Casting Director

    Dori Jacob joined Marin Theatre Company as the casting director in May 2015. For the previous four seasons, she served as the director of new play development for Magic Theatre in San Francisco, and dramaturged its world premieres of Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina, Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes, Christina Anderson’s PEN/MAN/SHIP, and John Kolvenbach’s Sister Play. As resident producer for Magic Theatre’s developmental programming, Ms. Jacob’s credits include 2011-2015 Virgin Play Series, the 2012 Asian Explosion Reading Series, and the 2013 Costume Shop Festival. Further Bay Area dramaturgy/producing/casting credits include: Assassins at Shotgun Players, Marilee Talkington’s The Creative Process at SOMArts, Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables, and Elizabeth Hersh’s Shelter in Place at Playwrights Foundation. Ms. Jacob previously served on the executive board and literary committee for the National New Play Network, is a current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz and N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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  • Laura A. Brueckner

    Laura A. Brueckner

    Production Dramaturg

    Laura Brueckner has been supporting productions and playwrights with her dramaturgical work for over 20 years, with an emphasis on digital dramaturgy, world premieres, and commissions. During this time, she has been proud to count among her collaborators stellar artists such as MTC Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson, Christopher Chen, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Mina Morita, Marissa Wolf, Idris Goodwin, Lachlan Philpott, and Dominique Serrand, as well as groundbreaking companies Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, The New Harmony Project, Playwrights Foundation, and, now, Marin Theatre Company. As an artist, she is committed to theatre as a path of social action, critical inquiry, discovery, and delight. Her journalistic writing on artistic process and audience engagement has been published by HowlRound and Theatre Bay Area; her dramaturgical writing has been published by Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, and Crowded Fire. A current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she holds a B.A. in English dramatic literature (magna cum laude) from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from U.C. San Diego.

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+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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