Magic Theatre is one of the most prominent theatres in the nation solely dedicated to development and production of new plays. The mission of Magic Theatre is to give voice to playwrights, both emerging and established, and to develop and promote the work of theatre artists. Magic Theatre engages audiences in intimate, professional productions that speak to contemporary issues with originality and wit, a sense of urgency and adventure.
Founded by John Lion in 1967 at the Steppenwolf Bar in Berkeley, Magic Theatre’s history includes premieres of over 200 new works. The theatre’s name derives from the novel Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse, in which the central character is invited to attend an: