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They are saying to write down what you recognize. Playwright John Kolvenbach has 5 sisters (4 older, one youthful), so naturally he has written “Sister Play.” Granted, it has taken him greater than a decade and greater than a dozen performs to lastly get round to writing about sisters, however he knew he’d get there finally.

“Sister Play” is within the midst of a rolling premiere, which suggests it had its first manufacturing in Boston final 12 months and now has a second manufacturing at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre.

Kolvenbach, who calls Brooklyn house, directed the primary manufacturing and is directing this one, in addition to that includes a brand new forged. With its very title, the play brings consideration to the central relationship between a protecting older sister and her youthful, considerably wilder sister.

“There’s no biography on this play,” Kolvenbach says. “No literal particulars from my household, but it surely’s attention-grabbing. When kin come to the play, in the event that they prefer it, they are saying, ‘I noticed how a lot of me was in it.’ They declare it. But when they don’t prefer it, they are saying it’s whole fiction.”


One among Kolvenbach’s sisters is coming to see the Magic manufacturing, and the playwright says even when she doesn’t acknowledge particulars, she’ll acknowledge one thing else. “My household has a sort of music to it, particularly when my sisters get collectively,” he says. “There’s a manner it sounds — an enormous, loud household. And so my guess is when my sister sees it, she’ll relate to the sound of it. It’ll sound like house to her.”

Kolvenbach has had work within the Bay Space earlier than — “Love Tune” at Marin Theatre Firm in 2007, “Goldfish” and “Mrs. Whitney” in repertory on the Magic in 2009 — although that is solely his second time directing his work right here.

“The benefit of directing a play you’ve written is that you simply completely know what your imaginative and prescient is for the piece,” he says. “The drawback is that you simply lack separation from the script, which makes it generally tough to achieve any vital distance. In fact one other benefit is that if I need something modified, I don’t have to barter with the author.”

Although “Sister Play” is ostensibly about sisters, Kolvenbach says there’s extra to the play. “I’m all in favour of our need as human beings to make agency distinctions between who we’re and who different persons are,” he says. “We outline individuals as ‘different’ and draw a circle round people who find themselves ours, and anybody exterior that circle is suspicious, doubtlessly harmful. The sisters right here create the universe of the play, however the points inside that universe are intimacy, otherness and hazard.”

Chad Jones is a contract author. E-mail: 96hours@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @theaterdogs

If you happen to go

Sister Play: eight p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5. By April 19. $20-$60. Magic Theatre, Constructing D, Fort Mason Middle, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F. (415) 441-8822. www.magictheatre.org.



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