Join us for "If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now," a night of theater with Mia Paschal, Eliza Gibson, and Kathleen Denny, curated by Mia Paschal.
Performance: Heartbreak Velocity
Does the language with which you say "I love you" change the way you love? Can heartbreak really kill you? And the only question that really matters: Cake, or more cake? "Heartbreak Velocity" is a darkly sweet and sweetly sexy show about a woman looking for a home in another culture, another language, another love, armed with only a Finnish dictionary and a dessert fork.
MIA PASCHAL moved to SF from Milan, Italy to study with Ed Hooks. She also studied acting with David Wheeler while an undergraduate at Harvard and with Bill Hickey at HB Studios in NYC; in San Francisco, she has studied with Bruce Williams and David Ford. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California 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.
"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 is a talented, beautiful, graceful chameleon. Tightly crafted, passionate, personal, funny, and poetic, "Heartbreak Velocity" is amazing for its quick changes as it presents the varied experiences of a life." - Barbara Ulman
"Mia Paschal is pure poetry in " Heartbreak Velocity ", an exquisite and fascinating spoken-word-and-movement piece about love, loss, spilling things, and the charming definitiveness of the Finnish language. This show is a delight for language lovers. Paschal glides between characters, voices, moods, English, French, Italian with graceful fluidity." - Jaguar Bennett
And Now, No Flip Flops?! (an excerpt)
Written & Performed by Eliza Gibson
Directed by David Ford
Meet Eliza: divorced with an ex-wife she couldn't legally marry and cross-country co-custody of their 72 pound dog. Her search for a way to breathe again takes her from indoor skydiving to drill team tryouts, to making fish flashcards and yes, to losing her favorite flip flops.
BRING YOUR EX-WIFE, SHE GETS IN FREE!
Trained as a drummer and classical pianist, Eliza Gibson wrote and performed her first solo show – Dialogues with Madwomen – in 1995, after returning to the US from the former Yugoslavia, where she had been a humanitarian aid worker.
She also wrote the narrative for Memories Do Not Burn, a documentary about war orphans and refugees featuring the voice of Sarah Jessica Parker. A clinical social worker, in 2008 Eliza led the start-up for Clinic by the Bay, a free health clinic for working uninsured adults, where she served as Executive Director until 2015.
And Now, No Flip Flops?! premiered in Fresno, California at the Rogue Festival in February, 2015 and in San Francisco at the LGBT Center in July, 2015. Eliza has performed excerpts of the show since April 2014 in the Bay Area at The Marsh, Stage Werx Theatre, and Oasis. She is currently developing her next solo show in which she plays seven characters, including an artificially intelligent avatar therapist.
"Funny, provocative, personal."
"Mark of a good show? Laughter, tears, thunderous applause!"
"Gibson's characters are well articulated and her stage presence is stellar."
Performance: Nice Is Not What We Do (tales of death and family) (an excerpt)
Kathleen’s mother used to tell her, “You always have to be so dramatic!” Family tales, as much as her work as a union machinist and air frame mechanic, inspired her first commentaries on National Public Radio and in print. She won residencies as a writer at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes and at Soapstone in Oregon before she discovered solo performance. Through workshops with David Ford, Charlie Varon and Ann Randolph at The Marsh in San Francisco, she developed her writing into performance, and HOLIDAY SPIRITS is just one of those works performed at Monday Night Marsh and other Bay area venues. She presented a workshop show at the 2014 Rogue Festival in Fresno (where she never sold out but received "Rogue First-timer Who Kept Having Fun"). Her full length show, Nice Is Not What We Do (tales of death and family), directed by Mark Kenward, has toured theater festivals in Boulder, Winnipeg and San Francisco, most recently earning a SOLD OUT Award at the San Francisco Fringe. She welcomes invitations to perform at any length, and likes to hear from people who want to stay in touch with her work.
“Illuminating.” “Funny, a wee bit poignant and entirely honest.” “FOUR STARS” Winnipeg Free Press
“A likeable storyteller.” Canadian Broadcasting Company
“So, so, so good! And funny!” Kathleen’s mother
DOORS AT 7:30PM, SHOW AT 8:00PM
$10-15 Sliding Scale