Octavio Solis honored at 2019 Magic Masquerade Gala: Warhol’s Factory // SF


THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019, 6:00 P.M.
GALLERY 308 (AT FORT MASON, Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd) in San Francisco.

About the awardees:

The recipients of Magic Theatre’s 2019 Annual Sam Shepard Legacy Award will be longtime Bay Area arts philanthropist Rebecca Eisen and acclaimed author/playwright Octavio Solis (Solis’ play Se Llama Cristina was produced at Magic Theatre in 2014).


About Octavio Solis:


LatinBayArea.com 24 minute interview:


Octavio Solis is a playwright and director whose works are:

Mother Road, Quixote Nuevo, Hole in the Sky, Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica.

They have appeared at:

California Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, Boston Court and Kitchen Dog Theatre, the New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Thick Description, Campo Santo, the Imua Theatre Company in New York, and Cornerstone Theatre.




Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003.

He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust, the United States Artists Fellowship for 2011 and the 2104 Pen Center USA Award for Drama. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild. He is working on commissions for the Arena Stage, SF Playhouse and South Coast Repertory Theatre.


About the gala:


Warhol’s Factory: The explosion of pop art in New York.

The beginning of a new avant garde theatre in San Francisco. You will be thrown into the Warhol Factory and asked to participate in dancing, celebration, and model your finest Warhol attire.

Join us for the second Masquerade Gala to celebrate an era of experimentation and unbridled creativity , and raise essential funds to support Magic Theatre and its vibrant programming.

Individual tickets to the Gala are available now for $500.00, with Silver Tier Tables (including 10 tickets with Premier seating) available for $5,000.00 and Gold Tier Tables (10 tickets with VIP seating, with an Artist at your table) are available for $10,000.00. Tickets and tables may be purchased online at amagictheatre.org/engage/magic-gala, by calling 415-441-8822, or by emailing Ciera Eis at cierae@magictheatre.org.


More about Octavio Solis:


The River Plays, his anthology of plays about the US/Mexico border is published by NoPassPort Publishing.

His new book Retablos: Stories From A Life Lived Along The Border, published by City Lights Books, is available here:



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LatinBayArea.com 24 minute interview can be listened below!