(All performances located at our San Francisco Mainstage unless otherwise noted)j
March 13 & 27
“DADDY AND ME” by Susan Peña
Musician, artist, writer, and teacher remembers her childhood and explores how growing up with a brilliant, creative, and schizophrenic father helped make her who she is today.
“SPAZZ” by Hannah Silver
“SPAZZ” is a novel about Kay, a brainy, mildly disabled, smart-ass girl in San Francisco in 1961. Kay’s arrival at a private boarding school in the City forces her to confront issues of bullying and self-identity. In an accidental meeting with a girl in a wheelchair, a whole new world of toughness and resilience opens up to Kay. All this happened amid rising currents of social changes sweeping San Francisco and America.
“NORMAL GIRLS” by Amanda E. Snyder
“Normal Girls” is the story of burlesque dancer Ada Lavender and ‘normal girl’ Amanda. Ada shares her journey of becoming a dancer and explores how she, indeed, is a ‘normal girl’ with all the insecurities that entails. Along the way, we meet Amanda, Ada’s real life counterpart, and get a view into her struggles and transformation into Ada. ‘Normal Girls’ ultimately is the story of finding power and joy within yourself because of your circumstances, rather than in spite of them.
“ARE YOU GOING TO BE FOR US OR AGAINST US?” by Chuck Nevius
In 1980, I arrived at the San Francisco Chronicle to cover the Oakland Raiders. I had only been to California once in my life (when I was 12 years old), didn’t know a soul in San Francisco, and was scared to death that I wouldn’t be up to covering the “Hell’s Angels of the NFL.” My previous experience was writing for the SECOND-largest paper in Colorado Springs, and four years before that I was a high school English teacher. What followed was a tempestuous, and eventually miraculous, season that seemed like it would change everything. And then life happened.
April 3 & 17
“ADAPT” by Mick Renner
“PRETTY LITTLE WHITE GIRL” by Phyllis Dantzler
“DOLORES” by Mary Connors-Carson
“TRAIN OUT OF DE’NIAL” by Suraya Keating
“OPERAGIRL” by Amanda Grumet
April 10 & 24
“CREATING A LIFE” by Nicole E. Schulz
“THE MEMORY OF LINT” Parts. 1 & 2 by Arthur J. O’Donnell
“RE-BIRTHING AT 50” by Aimee Tomczak
“THE MEAD NOTEBOOK” by Jane Gire
“FOREVER JUNG” by Lindley Frahm
More Performances On…
May 1 & 15
May 8 & 22