New Play Magpie and Marita Offers a Fresh Take on Coming of Age and the Importance of Cross Dressing in Shaping Who You Really Are
In Magpie and Marita, playwright Hannah Merrill creates a love story at once both truthful and outlandish while incorporating astronomy, cross-dressing, and power dynamics. Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth directs. The cast features Grace Carmack, Drew Combs, Greg Brisendine and Nancy Titus Zerg.
Teens Amina and Paul have acted out the same scenario for years: Amina, a sharp, self-possessed girl, turns into Magpie—the type of man to tip showgirls with fifty dollar bills. Paul, a sensitive, artistic boy, turns into Marita—the type of woman to wear a double strand of pearls. To their worried parents, it’s a game, and a dangerous game at that. To them, it’s more—a tantalizing chance to explore a new way of being in the world. But in the face of new sexual attraction and exposed family secrets, the rules of their role-play start to break down, and being Magpie and Marita is suddenly a lot more complicated.