Maria-Affinito-9-683x1024EATING PASTA OFF THE FLOOR

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

A One-Night-Only Special in Berkeley!

Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm | Berkeley


“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

Show Description

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.

Presented in connection with “A Tale of Two Women from postwar Italian cinema to human rights today,” April 24-26, Berkeley Law and other UC Berkeley venues.

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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