Poetic Justice

Lynne Kaufman’s
Poetic Justice

In Person at the San Francisco Mainstage

Written by Lynne Kaufman
Directed by Lauren English
Performed by Julia McNeal & Charles Shaw Robinson
Light/Soundboard Operation by Robert Perez

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Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance,
and additional tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

January 7 – 29, 2023
Saturdays at 8:30pm | Sundays at 5pm

Preview: January 7 
Opening Night: January 8


Show Information

Tickets: $25-35 Sliding Scale General Admission Seating | $35 tickets include a copy of book | $50 & $100 Reserved Seating

Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance,
and additional tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

65 minutes | no intermission | Ages 12+
Please do not bring infants to the show

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About the Show

Poetic Justice is a passionate celebration of the literary life where words are everything. Discover how Ranier Maria Rilke mentors a young poet and his letters become legendary. Explore the tempestuous marriage of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick, whom he betrays in life and literature.

The Book

Divine Madness is a novelization and expanded version of the play in the form of Elizabeth Hardwick’s fictional diary. It was published by Tailwinds Press in 2002, and will be available for $10 as a prepaid item during ticket purchase.

About the Artists

Lauren English (director) is thrilled to be working with this trifecta of talent on Poetic Justice. Most recently directed Significant Other by Joshua Harmon at The SF Playhouse where she is an Artistic Associate. She was the resident casting director with The Bay Area Playwrights Festival for 4 seasons and the casting director at The San Francisco Playhouse where she cast over 10 seasons and worked extensively in new play development in The Sandbox Series. Previous directing credits: Non-Player Character by Walt McGough, Zenith by Kirsten Greenidge, 123 by Lila Rose Kaplan, and The Mystery Plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at The SF Playhouse, Good Better Best Bested by Jonanthan Spector at Custom Made Theatre Company. Onstage, she has worked at The Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Word for Word, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, Playground among others.  

Selected New York Theater credits: TACT’s Off Broadway Production of The Cocktail Party, Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Idealist at The New York Times Theatre. Also in NY she worked at The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Lark Theatre and Playwrights Realm. She holds an MFA from NYU Grad Acting and is an AEA union member. Lauren is a performance coach and works across industries with artists, engineers and CEOs alike helping each person discover and deliver their message with purpose and power. www.laurenenglish.net

Julia McNeal (Kappus/Elizabeth Hardwick), actor, has played major roles at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, SF Playhouse, and The Aurora Theatre. She is the author of “5 Ways In To Character” and a performance coach.

Julia’s Bay Area credits include: Dana H (U/S) at Berkeley Rep, Top Girls, at A.C.T., Escaped Alone, The Eva Trilogy, Fred’s Diner, A Lie of the Mind, and Visible From Four States, at the Magic Theatre; The Events at Shotgun Players, and Gidion’s Knot at Aurora Theatre. 

She has also appeared at SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Porchlight Theatre, TheatreFirst, Center Repertory Company, Pacific Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of SF, First Person Singular, and PlayGround (where she is a company member). New York and Los Angeles credits include Neena Beber’s Tomorrowland at Soho Rep, Requiem for a Heavyweight at the Kraine Theatre, and Days and Nights Within at the Whitefire Theatre (L.A.) Film and TV credits include The Unbelievable Truth; Flesh and Bone; Law and Order; and Law & Order: SVU. 

Julia was a founding member of The Echo Theater in Los Angeles and of the Obie-Award-winning, Cucaracha Theatre in New York. She is a Guest Artist at Tamalpais High’s internationally acclaimed Conservatory Theatre Ensemble; the book on her acclaimed character creation technique, 5 Ways In to Character is out and available (5waysin.com). Facebook: juliamcnealarts

Charles Shaw Robinson (Rilke, Cal), actor. His work for BRT includes the roles of the Father in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice and Milton in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul. Other favorite roles include Leonard in Seminar and Sorn in Stupid F**king Bird (both for the San Francisco Playhouse); Shag in Equivocation (Marin Theatre Company); Iago in Othello (California Shakespeare Theatre); and Henri in Magic Fire, directed by Jack O’Brien (Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Old Globe). Regional Theatre credits include the title roles in Hamlet (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Pericles (Centerstage, Baltimore) Scaramouche (The Empty Space Theatre, Seattle), and Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Word for Word, San Francisco). He was last seen in New York in the American premiere of Frank McGuinness’s Gates of Gold at 59E59 Theaters.  He was honored to be a part of Public Enemy: Flint (Unicorn Theatre) for and with the residents of Flint, Michigan. He trained at Juilliard.

Lynne Kaufman, writer, is the author of twenty full length plays and four novels, most recently “Divine Madness”. She has had numerous plays  premiered at The Marsh including “Acid Test”, “Two Minds” and “Who Killed Sylvia Plath”, which won best play in The Marsh’s International Solo Festival.

Her play “Daisy in the Dreamtime” was presented by The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles  as a recipient of a Hot Properties Grant from the L.A. Arts Council and  The A.S.K. Foundation    It had its New York City   premiere at The Abingdon Theatre and its university premiere at S.F. State University as the recipient of the  Rella Lossy Playwright’s Award. “Daisy in the Dreamtime” was published in Women Playwrights: Best New Plays and by Dramatic Publishing.  She was  the recipient of The Otis Guernsey Outstanding New Voice in American Theatre Award from The William Inge Theatre Festival.  Her play “William Blake in Hollywood” won The Neil Simon Festival Theatre’s best comedy award.

Her play “Fakes” premiered at Florida Studio Theatre and was optioned for film by 20th Century Fox and for television by Jean Doumanian Productions. “Shooting Simone” premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville  Humana Festival and received six subsequent regional productions. It was published by Dramatic Publishing.

Four of her plays premiered at The Magic Theatre including “The Couch”, which won The Glickman Award for Best New Play in San Francisco and “Speaking in Tongues”, which  won a  Kennedy Center/NEA/  Fund for New  American Plays Award.  Her play “Our Lady of the Desert” won Theatreworks ‘Best New Play in California Award”.