Fund for New American Plays

Speaking in Tongues

Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Set in 1930s Paris during the court trial to determine whether or not James Joyce's Ulysses was obscene, Speaking in Tongues is based loosely on fact. The action focuses on the complex interrelationships amongst James Joyce, his common-law wife Nora, their mentally unstable daughter Lucia, and Patrick Gregory, an aspiring writer modeled on Samuel Beckett.

A former Guggenheim and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Lynne Kaufman lives in the Bay Area, where she is the Director of International Studies at UC Berkeley's Extension Program. Kaufman's first play, The Couch, premiered at the Magic Theatre in 1985 and won numerous awards, including the Will Glickman Award for Best New Play, the L.A. Drama-Logue Award for Best Writing, and the San Francisco Chronicle's Outstanding Achievement Award for Best New Play. A Lady in the Desert won the Theaterworks Award for Best New Play in California, and Shooting Simone premiered in 1993 at the Humana Festival. Kaufman has had four plays produced at the Magic Theater in San Francisco.

Director: Andrew Doe
Set Designer: Andy Stacklin
Lighting Designer: Thomas Kline
Costume Designer: Fumiko Bielefeldt
Sound Designer: Earwax Partnership
Featured Performers:Chris Ayles, Anne Darragh, Dana Evans, Liam O'Brien, Armon Stover
Running Dates: May 17-28, 1989

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