Written & Performed by Marga Gomez
Directed by David Schweizer
Sept 19-Oct 18, 2014 | Berkeley
Fri 8pm; Sat 8:30pm
Fresh from its New York City premiere at La Mama Theater, the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival and a critically acclaimed six month original run at The Marsh San Francisco LOVEBIRDS comes to Berkeley. In her tenth solo play LOVEBIRDS, acclaimed performer Marga Gomez portrays a crew of incurable romantics as they chase their hearts’ desires – into the night, through decades, and to insane lengths. Orestes, a macho maitre d’ is infatuated with a tin eared singer who is married to an academic who never sleeps and is never awake. On the other side of town Orestes’s daughter cuts off her hair, joins a coven, and starts dating the captain of a women’s football team. They are observed and documented by Polaroid Phillie, an ageless nightclub photographer and fixture at gay bars, Spanish restaurants, and wherever passion happens.
Marga Gomez is the author and performer of ten solo plays: Not Getting Any Younger; Long Island Iced Latina; Los Big Names; A Line Around The Block; Memory Tricks; Marga Gomez is Pretty, Witty & Gay; Jaywalker; The Twelve Days of Cochina and Proud and Bothered, which, along with her collaboration with Carmelita Tropicana on the erotic horror comedy Single Wet Female, have been produced nationally, internationally, and in New York at The Public Theater, 47th Street Theatre, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, and La Mama Experimental Theatre Company Her acting credits include Off-Broadway and national productions of The Vagina Monologues and roles in Warner Bros films “Sphere” and “Batman Forever.”
Her awards include the GLAAD Media Award for Off-Broadway Theatre, The Los Angeles “Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress and the 2010 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for “Best Performance” Ms. Gomez is a triple winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s “Best Comedian” Award and was nominated for the 2006 New York Drama Desk Award for Los Big Names. She lives in San Francisco, tours nationally and teaches solo performance. Her website is www.margagomez.com. Gomez is thrilled to be back at The Marsh where she premiered her first solo show Memory Tricks in 1991.
Press & Media
“A hilarious romp through the swingin’ seventies” — The East Bay Express
“Exquisite” – The San Francisco Examiner
“Lovebirds’ is simply captivating. Marga Gomez is back with a brand-new show, and the Marsh has another hit… the Marsh world premiere is a lightly satiric feast of hilariously etched characters in an intricate web of love, longing and life.” — Robert Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle
“Marga Gomez stands apart.” — SF Theater Blog
“Gomez is amazing!” — Robert Hall, Repeat Performances