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

MUST END March 24!

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

March 23: Lawyers Writers: People of Color Making An Impact Through Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry with Sara Campos Adam Smyer.
Sara Campos is a multi-genre writer, a lawyer with immigration expertise and a program officer with the Grove foundation. She has a JD from UCLA Law School and an MFA in creative writing from Mills College and has published work in a number of publications including, St. Anne’s Review, Rio Grande Review, Great River Review, Literary Mama, Colorlines, Ciptactli, 580 Split, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She co-directs the New American Story Project,
Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and a self-described “mediocre bass player.” He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and cats. Knucklehead (Akashic Books) is his debut novel.

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
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