Words First: November 2010
WORDS FIRST: a solo performance showcase
WORDS FIRST is the premier solo performance event in San Francisco. The first Wednesday of every month, WORDS FIRST invites the finest solo artist, comics, and storytellers to the CounterPULSE stage. Solo performance is a unique brand of theater one person, one stage. All pieces are written and performed by the solo artists themselves!
WITH PERFORMANCES BY:
LIZA RAYNAL ~ "Swallowing the Moon"
ERICKA LUTZ ~ "A Widow's To-Do List"
PIDGE MEADE ~ "40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story"
MARTHA RYNBERG ~ "Lady Parts"
$20 Patron of the Arts
$15 General Admission
$12.50 Student / Senior / Low-income
1310 Mission St @ 9th St
Two blocks from SF Civic Center BART
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES / PERFORMERS:
"A Widow's To-Do List" (an excerpt)
Written & Performed by ERICKA LUTZ
When she got married, Ericka Lutz didn't want to say the "'til death do us part" part. Twenty years later - BOOM! - sudden widowhood! Then grief, absurdity, skin-hunger, tattoos. And who knew that Love and Death came with a side order of so-much-to-do? A Widow's To-Do List is a solo performance about death, but more so, it's about life after a tragedy, and a complicated, contemporary marriage.
ERICKA LUTZ has performed throughout the Bay Area including at Solo Sundays, City Solo, Words First, Stagewerx Theater, True Stories, the SPW Theater Festival, and the San Francisco Theater Festival. She is a member of The Guild, San Francisco's premier solo performance development lab, originated by W. Kamau Bell. Between performing gigs, she is the award-winning author of seven books, many short stories, and numerous personal essays. Visit http://erickalutz.com/ for information about her full-length show.
"40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story" (an excerpt)
Written & Performed by PIDGE MEADE
After losing a lot of weight, Pidge attends a college reunion and runs into her old roommate, Susie, who is determined to learn Pidge's "secret" to weight loss success. We travel back in time to examine many events along Pidge's journey, and this tale of weight loss and life changes -- as well as this confrontation between old friends -- takes some decidedly unexpected twists.
PIDGE MEADE has been acting for most of her life -- just ask her mother. Her journey into solo theatre began in 2007 as she began working with the brilliant Charlie Varon, her mentor and collaborator. She also does "regular" theatre, including three shows at Pacifica Spindrift Players (Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Amalia in She Loves Me, and the title role in Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. Other roles around the Bay Area include Mary in Merrily We Roll Along at Foothill Music Theatre, Mrs. Murphy in The Harvey Milk Show at the New Conservatory Theatre, Doris in Same Time, Next Year at Pleasanton Playhouse, Miss Hannigan in Annie at Coastal Rep, Mary in It's a Wonderful Life and Dawn/Milton in All in the Timing at Hillbarn Theater.
"Swallowing the Moon"
Written & Performed by LIZA RAYNAL
If you want divine inspiration, do your downward dog somewhere else. This yoga teacher has other, more hilarious, celestial talents to share with her women's only yoga class.
LISA RAYNAL, a Bay Area native, began performing solo as a senior at Brown University. After graduating, she lived in the West Indies for a year on a research fellowship and wrote the beginnings of her second show, "Tropical Honkey." Happily working on stories about carnival and Creole, Liza switched course when her brother enlisted in the Army. Her show, "American Joe" told the story of his deployment to Afghanistan and enjoyed a summer-long run at The Marsh in 2008. For more information, check out www.lizaraynal.com.
Written & Performed by MARTHA RYNBERG
1310 Mission St @ 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|