Irma Herrera – Berkeley


Written & Performed by Irma Herrera
Developed with David Ford
Directed by Rebecca Fisher
Character Development with Julia McNeal
Sound/Lightboard Operator: Lili Zakki & Jacque Bugler

Moves to Berkeley!

February 3 – March 24 | Berkeley
Sundays at 2pm (entire run) | Saturdays at 5pm (starting March 2)


“Speaks volumes about the ingrained power structures in American society”-The Mercury News

“Delights us with the oft-tongue-in cheek ways she tells her stories”- The Theatre Eddy

Show Description

What’s in a name? A minefield of misplaced notions – comical, sad, demeaning. Irma’s observations from the front-lines, notes from American history, and laugh out-loud humor allow us to consider what it will take for all of us to get along.

Artist Biography

When Irma Herrera gives her name its correct Spanish pronunciation, some people assume she’s a foreigner. She’s not. Irma proudly claims her Tejano roots and her Mexican and American identity as well as her native languages: Spanish and English. Irma worked three decades as a San Francisco civil rights lawyer and journalist. Her solo play Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? sheds light and throws shade on our prejudices and assumptions.

Upcoming Talkbacks

February 17: No Invited Talkback Guest. Irma is interested in hearing your name stories and any feedback you may wish to offer on the topics raised by her play.

February 24: The School to Prison Pipeline: How To End It with Michael Harris & Dr. Jason Okonofua
Michael Harris is Senior Director, Juvenile Justice at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL).  At NCYL, Michael has worked on litigating unconstitutional probation practices, reducing racial disparities in statewide juvenile corrections systems, and on cases that challenge the “school-to-prison pipeline” in Texas, Connecticut, and California. Additionally, he works on litigation to address implicit bias, and he has delivered presentations to local and national gatherings on the role implicit bias plays in decision-making  within the  criminal and juvenile justice systems as well as the  school to prison pipeline.  Before joining NCYL, Michael was Deputy Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, working in California, and Washington to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system using a collaborative process to achieve systemic reform. Prior to Michael’s work at the Burns Institute, he was Assistant Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area  where he worked on a broad range of civil rights cases. Learn more about NCYL here.

Dr. Jason Okonofua is a social psychologist in the Psychology Department at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr.Okonofua is interested in science-based and scalable strategies to combat inequality in society. This work spans contexts such as education, criminal justice, and business. It investigates how negative stereotypes can contribute to inequality in these contexts and how that process can be dismantled. For example, some of his research in education investigates how the effects of one person’s stereotyping and another person’s threat reverberate and escalate over time. He asks how stereotypes about stigmatized children can shape how they interact with teachers, administrators, and police officers. He also develops theory-based psychological interventions that protect teacher-student relationships from the deleterious effects of stigma and bias. Dr. Okonofua’s work is situated to inform psychological theory, field experimentation, and public policy.
Learn more about Dr. Okonofua’s work at here.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
February 3 – March 24 | Berkeley TheaterStage
Sundays at 2pm (entire run) | Saturdays at 5pm (starting March 2)
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 14+ | 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.

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To purchase tickets online, please click on a date below
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  • February 24, 2019 2:00 PMWhy Would I MIspronounce My Own Name 02-24-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 2, 2019 5:00 PMWhy Would I Misprnounce My Own Name 03-02-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 3, 2019 2:00 PMWhy Would I Mispronounce My Own Name 03-03-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 9, 2019 5:00 PMWhy Would I Mispronounce My Name 03-09-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 10, 2019 2:00 PMWhy Would I Mispronounce My Own Name 03-10-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 16, 2019 5:00 PMWhy Would I Mispronounce My Own Name 03-16-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 17, 2019 2:00 PMWhy Would I Mispronounce My Own Name 03-17-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 23, 2019 5:00 PMWhy Would I Mispronounce My Own Name 03-23-19 (Berkeley)
  • March 24, 2019 2:00 PMWhy Would I Mispronounce My Own Name 03-24-19 (Berkeley)
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