Maria Grazia Affinito

The Marsh Discovery Series Presents:


Written & Performed by Maria Grazia Affinito
Developed with & Directed by David Ford

NOW EXTENDED through July 24!

June 5 – July 24 | San Francisco
Thursdays at 8pm | Sundays at 5pm


This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code 

“We loved ‘Eating Pasta Off the Floor’ and will anxiously await whatever Ms. Affinito does next.” –SF Theater Blog

“Hilarious and bittersweet..spins a spellbinding tale.” — Sam Hurwitt, KQED Arts

“Unflinching performance hit(s) its marks with raw emotional power.” — Huffington Post

“Very funny, quirky, brutal, sensitive…makes life worth living.” — Plank Magazine

“4.5 stars…how can you not recommend a play that makes you want to tell your mom you love her?” — Edmonton Journal

“A heart-to-heart over the kitchen table…pull up a seat.” –Orlando Sentinel

“Stunning…deeply talented…magical.” —

“Powerful performance will stay with you long after you leave the theater.” ––Vancouver Review

“Affinito spins a spellbinding tale with beautifully drawn, distinct characters that she makes instantly recognizable by voice and posture alone” -–KQED Arts

Maria hopes a trip to her mom’s hometown in Italy will shed some light on their volatile relationship. Maybe singing arias at at full voice in the supermarket and offering to sell your daughter are just quaint Old World traditions? But even old friends in Italy are astonished when mom starts flinging pasta and bad poetry.

The Marsh Discovery Series

Each year, in addition to our main season runs, The Marsh presents several limited runs to showcase a wide range of exciting new work emerging from The Marsh community. These may include shows by emerging up-and-coming talent, established Marsh all-star performers experimenting with a unique story or concept, as well as people from all walks of life who have developed powerful stories at The Marsh.  These are not ‘workshop runs’.  Rather, they represent the culmination of a dedicated and lengthy creative process, and offer to the audience an opportunity to discover something new and different.  Shows produced as part of The Marsh Discovery Series are limited runs with a maximum of 8 performances.  So get your tickets now to discover some of the most exciting and unique work The Marsh has to offer.

Artist Biography

Maria Grazia Affinito is a member of Actors’ Equity Association from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with various companies in the Bay Area and in several independent films.

A sampling of her stage credits includes Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), Ana in Displaced (Marin Theater Company), and Nancy in Gaslight (California Conservatory Theater). She has also worked with Willows theater Company, Solano Repertory Company, Napa Valley Repertory Company, and Pacific Alliance Stage Company.

Eating Pasta Off The Floor was developed with David Ford at The Marsh. Excerpts from Eating Pasta Off The Floor have been seen at Solo Sundays, Monday Night Marsh, Tell It On Tuesday at The Marsh, Words First, and DIVAs Tell All. Eating Pasta Off The Floor has performed for sold-out audiences at Orlando, Santa Cruz, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and San Francisco Fringe Festivals. It was also one of the top selling shows at the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. It has received critical reviews and awards including Sold Out Awards, Patron’s Pick Award, and Best of Fringe Award at the San Francisco Fringe Festival 2013. Eating Pasta Off The Floor was also invited to perform in the prestigious United Solo Theater Festival in New York 2014.



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Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
Now Extended through July 24!
Thursdays at 8pm| Sundays at 5pm
70 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15 and up | Please do not bring infants to the show

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.