Join us for My Heart, Your Sleeve, an evening of humorous and heartfelt stories about love.
Performance :: Heartbreak Velocity
Does the language with which you say "I love you" change the way you love? Can heartbreak really kill you? Is that death, or is it Marvin Gaye? And the only question that really matters: Cake, or more cake? "Heartbreak Velocity" is a darkly sweet and sweetly sexy show about diving into the downfalls of love, armed with a Finnish dictionary and a dessert fork.
Preview audiences have said that HEARTBREAK VELOCITY is, "sophisticated, sensual, powerful," "nuanced, sublime," "divine, honest, passionate - REAL"
"Paschal's forceful stage presence can be hypnotic. What I like so very much is the way that she can hone in on little bits of life that all of us experience but never bother to articulate." – Donald Munro, The Fresno Bee
Mia Paschal moved to SF from Milan, Italy to study with Ed Hooks. In Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki and Milan, she appeared in a number of independent films and video projects. She also studied acting with David Wheeler while an undergraduate at Harvard and with Bill Hickey at HB Studios in NYC. Along with her ensemble theater and film work, she has written and performed three award-winning solo shows: "some life", "This Lily Was (Fontana)”, and "Along the Path of Larks and Swallows". The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California have also commissioned her to write site-specific works (“My Jim Dine Valentine” and “Trevlig”). Her latest solo performance project, “Heartbreak Velocity”, is an extension of work commissioned by The Marsh. www.miapaschal.com
Performance :: Marco
A love story about a girl who hides chicken in her pockets and the strong, handsome boy who comes looking for it.
Lori returns to the stage after a couple of years focusing on her writing. She recently completed her play Hungry Ghosts, a dark comedy looking at the AIDS epidemic thirty years later. She has performed her full-length autobiographical one woman show, Loved by You, a Self-Love Story, at numerous Bay Area theaters, including the Marsh, Brava Theater, Counterpulse, and the former Traveling Jewish Theater. Other solo works include, The Tragic Tale of the Pole-dancing Soccer Mom and Sorry, Our Time is Up. Other full-length plays include Talking with Strangers, a three act play for 2 actors. She is currently working on a book of short pieces with her group, The Write Sisters, and continues to curate a variety of cultural offerings at her gallery, a.Muse.
www.yourmusegallery.com, www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YqQNNfe7MM, www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq4NecUQxIM, www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZIsK8BMW4Y
Performance :: The Center of the Labyrinth
An insightful, surprising and funny journey through death, motherhood, addiction, illumination, shame, self-acceptance, regret, humor and transcendence.
"Shelley Campbell's thoughtful journey through the darkest night of the human soul is a heroic tale of human survival and gritty determination to unearth meaning within the heart of darkness." ~Robert Salerno, Artistic Director, Vantage Theater San Diego
Shelley Campbell is a mother, grandmother, business manager and bookkeeper, a writer, storyteller and solo performer living in San Rafael. Shelley provides business management and bookkeeping to an eclectic mix of clients. She is an advocate for issues supporting women and children. She is a long time LabyrinthWalker and has walked dozens of labyrinths in various parts of the world. She is currently working on a solo performance piece called The Center of the Labyrinth. She blogs about her life and creative pursuits at: http://labyrinthwalker.com/
Megan Cohen and Steven Westdahl
Performance :: Eye Laugh Ewe
Two people in love spend ten minutes onstage doing things that are silly, things that are surprising, and one thing that may be difficult to watch.
Between them, Megan Cohen and Steven Westdahl are a 2014 Theater Bay Area Emerging Artist Honoree, the 2010 Air Sex World Champion, a theremin player, an award-winning puppeteer, and the most produced female playwright in the San Francisco Bay Area. Between them, they have worked with companies including A.C.T., Second City, Impact Theater, Playwrights Foundation, Un-Scripted, NCTC, PianoFight, and Playground, and have performed in SF, New York, Scotland, Russia, and Bali. Together, they are founding members of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists ensemble, named Best of the Bay in the 2014 San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Best Theater in the 2014 SF Weekly Readers' Poll. Together, they are unusual, brunette, and 10' 11" tall.
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Performance :: "Don't You Have Dignity, Mama?" (15' excerpt)
Written and Performed by Xiaojuan Shu
In order to put Xiao through school, her Chinese peasant mother worked in a polluted factory, scavenged, and even sold her own blood. After years of studying like a machine, Xiao made it to a medical university in Nanjing, then became a hedge fund auditor in San Francisco, but there was something missing in her life. Can Xiao ever find what really makes her happy and pay back what her mother has done for her at the same time?
Xiaojuan Shu, born and raised in China, educated in medicine and business, now lives in the Bay Area to tell stories through writing and performing, while meditating on life's big questions. www.xiaojuanshu.net
Performance :: Johnny and Scrap
The story of two octogenarians and how they met, fell in love and spent the last sixty five years together.
Stone grew up in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love but his heart and clothes have been in San Francisco since 1985. He’s studied under Marsha Kimmell of The Next Stage Theater and is an alumnus of The Bennett TheatreLab. Stan honed his improv chops at Bay Area Theatersports. Stone was a writer and performer with Oui Be Negroes, an improv/sketch group. He performed with the Negroes in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Stan was also the founding member of Justifiable Dramacide, a group dedicated to long form dramatic improvisation and Out The Box, a 2-man group that combined improv with sketch, music and spoken word. Stan is currently a writer/actor/director with Barewitness Films. www.barewitness.com
DOORS AT 7:30PM, SHOW AT 8PM
$10-$15 sliding scale
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