PolySHAMory

“Genuinely funny!”
… SF Chronicle

Jan 3rd through Feb 8th, 2020
Thursdays and Fridays @ 8pm | Saturdays @ 8:30pm

Written & Performed by Kate Robards
Directed by Maureen Monterubio
Sound Design by Valentine Monfeuga
Light/Soundboard Operator: Alexa Almira


Show Description

Kate has everything she’s ever dreamed of…but so does Kate’s husband’s girlfriend. With a polyamory therapist and a sex-positive ethos, Kate begins a polyamorous marriage that goes wrong. A story of his and her. And hers. And his. And sex. And therapy. And love.

This follow-up to the award-winning Ain’t That Rich, which ran for seven weeks at The Marsh in the fall of 2017, is filled with emotionally nuanced storytelling. A riveting sexcapade of love, betrayal, and friendship! “Best Bet” at NYC’s FRIGID 2018 Festival.


Hillarious and heartbreaking… thoughtful, emotional lessons and powerful finale.” The Washington Post 

“Comedian, Kate Robards, delivers a spellbinding narrative about friendship, true love and an open relationship from hell. A must see!”  Stellar Underground (Gotham Storytelling NYC review)
 
“Robards knows how to drop a punchline and put together a tightly wound, joke-focused story.” Theasy (Best of Frigid NYC Fest)
 
“Robards is a true gem who has audience members chuckling one moment and tearing up the next.” Montreal Theatre Hub

“With her experience in stand-up, Robards knows how to drop a punchline and put together a tightly wound, joke-focused story.”  Theasy (New York review)

“Robards leaves us with a brave tale, told expertly. Another brilliant evening of theatre!” DC Theatre Scene

“Robards’ onstage personality and knack for comedic delivery make this unique story immensely enjoyable.”  Theasy (New York review)

“You don’t need to be up on your poly acronyms to enjoy this heartful, funny, and open show about Kate Robards’ journey into and out of a polyamorous marriage…” 

“Where the show really gets its guts, though, is the tension Robards has as someone of less material means married to one who has abundant means.” Montreal Rampage

Artist Biography

Kate Robards lives in New York City and is an award-winning writer, comic, and actor from Orange, Texas. She recently wrote jokes and monologues for the 2019 Shorty Awards and Bustle and has written for Kathy Griffin, Stacey Abrams & Busy Phillips. The Washington Post called her work “hilarious and heartbreaking,” and the San Francisco Chronicle said she has “wry wit.” Kate can be seen in New York City at her weekly standup residency at The Blond in SoHo every Tuesday, 9 pm, or at one of her three monthly shows: Strawberry Milk, Peach Pit at The Stand, and Cousins at The Freehand Hotel. Her comedy pilot, “PolySHAMory,” was a finalist for the 2019 Sundance Episodic Lab. She has an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts and has been seen on Vice, Inside Edition, and College Humor. IG and Twitter – @katerobards

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 
$55 and $100 Reserved Seating

Jan 3rd – Feb 8th, 2020|SF Studio
Previews | January 3 – 9
Opening Night | January 11
Thurs at 8 pm | Fri at 8 pm | Sat at 8:30 pm
75 minutes| No Intermission | Ages 17+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

For Tickets to the February 6, 7, and 8 shows, click the image below!

Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
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Also at The Marsh!

 

AIN’T THAT RICH

AIN’T THAT RICH

Written & Performed by Kate Robards
Developed with David Ford
Directed by Keiran King
Light/Soundboard Operator: Alexa Almira

October 20 – December 2, 2017 | San Francisco
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm

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Winner First Place Maui Fringe | Audience Choice Maui Fringe | Theasy Best Bet 2017 | Best of 2016 Capital Fringe DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Robards takes us to the heart of how money and its real value is often misrepresented in America.” –Theatrius

“A winning comedy on money, class, and identity…truly impressive.” –Anya Leibovitch, Montreal Theatre Hub

“She shocks us wonderfully.” — Theatrius

“In ‘Ain’t That Rich,’ writer and comedian Kate Robards delivers a dazzling solo performance, one as mesmerizing and powerful as it is funny.” -DCMetroTheaterArts

“Like a well-made vodka punch, Kate Roabrds’ well-made story sneaks up on you. It starts out as a lighthearted account of how she married rich and ends up as a discomforting meditation on the relationship between money and self-image. Particularly now, as we agonize over issues of money and class and race, her story packs an unexpected wallop.” –DC Theater Scene

“Animated and engaging…self-deprecating humour and insightful wisdom.” –Lisa Sproull, Cult #MLT

“Robards is an engaging performer with an easy, natural presence onstage.” –Broadwayworld.com

Show Description

Kate grew up “poor.” She thinks her husband is “rich.” His family says that’s not a nice word. As Kate straddles two different extreme ways of life, she realizes what money can and cannot buy, including the possible salvation for a loved one.

Ain’t That Rich 20171005 from Kate Robards on Vimeo.

Special Opening Act:

Comedian Ali Littman will open the show all nights except November 3, November 4, November 24, & November 25.

“The best stand up gets at who we really are before we have time to stop ourselves. It’s that moment when a person realizes they can experience something true, without worrying about being judged by their peers, and more importantly, themselves. That is what true comedy lives.” –Ali Littman

Post-Show TalkBacks

Friday, November 24: Talkback with Cory Vangeler & Kate Robards
Cory is an Emotional Literacy Facilitator and has been leading conversations about the psychological effects of class and race for more than a decade. For the past seven years she has led an ongoing monthly group for white people attempting to combat racism, and privilege. For ten years she taught Emotional Literacy to middle schoolers as a part of the required curriculum in Mill Valley public schools.

Saturday, November 25: Talkback with Andy Bandyopadhyay & Kate Robards
Andy is a financial anthropologist. He leads research and consumer insights at Varo Money, a finetech banking startup designed to improv consumer financial health. He studies why we do what we do with money. Andy holds a PhD in science and technology policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BA in the anthropology of science and technology from Rice University. Prior to Varo, Andy worked as a UX researcher at Salesforce and Facebook.

Artist Biography

Kate Robards is an award-winning writer and performer. She has lived around the world, including Amsterdam and Shanghai, but identifies deeply with Orange, Texas, a small Gulf Coast town on the Texas-Louisiana border where she spent the first twenty years of her life.

Her first solo play, Mandarin Orange, premiered in Washington D.C. where it was named a “Festival Highlight” by The Washington Post. It went on to play at the Exit Theater and The Marsh in San Francisco as well as the Maui Fringe Festival, earning Robards the Hoku Award for favorite performer. Her one-act-play Madame Pearl was performed at California College of the Arts’ Orange Box PLAYSPACE in San Francisco. Robards has performed with Studio Theater Acting Conservatory, The San Francisco Olympians Festival, EXIT Theater, Shanghai Repertory Theater, Urban Aphrodite International, and special events at The Cutting Ball Theater. She has been featured in independent films and web series, playing everything from a 1940’s housewife to a modern-day, crack-addicted prostitute. Robards is a founding company member of FOGG Theater Company and has served on the board of directors at FOGG and The Cutting Ball Theater, both in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in writing from California College of the Arts.

Comedian Ali Litman is known for her edgy humor and sharp observations. Based in San Francisco, Ali produces two popular shows–one in the Mission and the other in Haight-Ashbury–and performs all over the Bay Area. Every time she takes the stage, the experience is unique. Ali involves the audience in her comedy, making the show interactive, spontaneous, and like a conversation you’ve never had before.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
October 20 – December 2, 2017 | San Francisco
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm
65 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 13+ | Please do not bring infants to the show