The Magic Fire

by Lillian Groag

directed by Elizabeth Hunter

The Magic Fire invites you into the lively home of an immigrant family in Buenos Aires of the 1950s. In this enchanting play, Argentinean-American playwright Lillian Groag explores the connections among memory, history, and art through the eyes of a child, revisited from the perspective of adulthood. By turns funny, loving, and politically alarming, The Magic Fire weaves a spell of tango and opera, treasured memories and hidden truths. Since its debut at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1997, The Magic Fire has been produced only a handful of times. Theatre@First is proud to give this magical work its New England premiere!

About the playwright: Lillian Groag is an American playwright, director and actor. Born in Argentina in 1945, she fled the country with her family in 1952. After several years in Uruguay, Groag came to the United States to attend Lake Forest College. She also studied at the University of Dijon in France and earned her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literature from Northwestern University. Besides The Magic Fire, Groag's plays include The Ladies of the Camellias and The White Rose, and she has published translations of many plays including Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding and Feydeau's A Flaw in the Ointment. Groag appeared in guest roles on several television shows, and she has acted and directed for regional theatres and operas, as well as on- and off-Broadway. Her plays have been produced around the world, with long-running productions in Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

About the director: Elizabeth Hunter is the founding Artistic Director of T@F. She has directed more than a dozen works here including our inaugural and 10th anniversary productions of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and, most recently, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses in 2016. Elizabeth has also appeared in Mourning Becomes Electra (Christine), Trojan Women (Hecuba), and Equus (Dysart), as well as playing the title role in the Mrs Hawking series written and directed by Phoebe Roberts for Bare Bones: Staged Readings at T@F. She has acted and directed with various community and collegiate theatre groups throughout the Boston area.


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30pm

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3pm (matinee!)

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3pm (matinee!)


The Magic Fire will be presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.

The performance space is not wheelchair-accessible.

Parking on William St is by permit only. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.


Lise Berg (adult)

Lise Berg (child)

Otto Berg

Amalia Berg

Rosa Arrúa

Gianni "Juan" Guarneri

Nonna Guarneri

Elena Guarneri

Paula Guarneri

Gen. Henri Fontannes

Alberto Barcos

Clara Stepanek

voice of Priest

voice of Announcer

Margretta Beaty

Alice Merrill Hunter

Jason Merrill

Jo Guthrie

Chantelle Marshall

David Policar

Tasha K. Matthews

Kitty Drexel

Catherine Bromberg

Brian Edgar

Hatem Adell

Myra Hope Eskridge

Mike Haddad

Liz Salazar

Production Team



Technical Director

Rehearsal Asst. / Dramaturg

Stage Manager

Music Director

House Managers

Lighting Designer

Master Electrician

Sound Designer

Costume Designer

Props Manager

Food Stylist

Hair / Makeup Designer

Publicity Designer

Graphic Designer

Beckie Hunter

Elizabeth Hunter

Jo Guthrie

Jenny Guth

Delphine Kaiser

Christian Krenek

Desirée Dugas

Stephanie Haddad

Morganna Becker

Ben Cordes

Neil Marsh

Carolyn Jones

Meg Boeni

Vickie Wu


Stephanie Haddad

Gilly Rosenthol