Hunt Magic’s artistic director

The Magic Theater has appointed Mame Hunt artistic director, effective immediately.

The appointment ends a transitional period for the theater, with San Francisco State U. theater professor Larry Eilenberg serving as artistic director during the 1992-93 season in a temporary stint that followed the controversial reign of former general director Harvey Seifter.

Hunt joined the Magic, one of the Bay Area’s longest-lived and most prolific groups, last year as associate artistic director. She also made her playwriting debut with the popular “Unquestioned Integrity: The Hill/Thomas Hearings.”

The Magic’s 1993-94 schedule remains incomplete. Confirmed works include “Even Among Three Rocks” by Claire Chaffee (whose “Why We Have Body” has been a long-running hit for the company), Jose Rivera’s “Giants Have Us in Their Books” and Marlene Meyer’s “Lon Shaw.”

Jon Robin Baitz’s “The End of the Day” will make its West Coast bow. Newly announced is the casting of B.D. Wong (“M. Butterfly”) for the one-man musical “Herringbone,” to open the season in September.

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