In Person at the San Francisco Studio Theater
Written and Performed by Kathryn Keats
Directed by David Ford
Words & Music by Kathryn Keats
Music & Sound by Kevin Gerzevitz
October 14 – November 18, 2022
Fridays at 7pm
Tickets: $20 – $35 General Seating sliding scale | $50 & $100 Reserved Seating
60 minutes | Ages 18+ | WARNING: Suggested Violence
Please do not bring infants to the show
Proof of vaccination along with valid ID
Face Coverings are required
About the Show
Performance Artist, singer and songwriter Kathryn Keats put her professional life on the backburner for 20 years, changing her name and going into hiding from her former partner who threatened to kill her.
Now, Keats has turned a harrowing experience into a positive message of hope with her solo beat musical, “The Hummingbird”. “The Hummingbird is a high-wire musical ride; a true story of love, loss, music, madness, forgiveness and redemption. It’s for any adult who has struggled with the seemingly insurmountable climb back to life after losing everything they thought they were and ever wanted.”
Tina D’Elia of Overlooked Latinas
Friday, October 21st
Journalist Lance Williams
Friday, October 28th
Author Fred Anderson
Friday, November 4th
Live Music with The Hummingbird collaborator Kevin Gerzevitz
Friday, November 11th
The Hummingbird director David Ford
Friday, November 18th
About the Performer & Creative Team
Kathryn Keats began developing The Hummingbird as a multicast show at Berkeley Repertory’s The Ground Floor and discovered director David Ford while listening to him being interviewed on KPFA in her car driving home one day. She immediately called The Marsh to work with Ford and The Hummingbird became a solo beat Musical under Ford’s tutelage and direction. It won best solo musical at Marshstream International Fest 2020.
Before going into hiding Keats spent her life in theater and showbiz. She is happy to be back writing plays and doing music.
She is a Drama Critics Circle Award recipient and is a member of Actors Equity and Sag/Aftra. She is grateful to her family for their love and is ever grateful to Judge Leo Dorado for his ongoing support.
David Ford has been collaborating on new and unusual theater for three decades and has been associated with The Marsh for most of that time. The San Francisco press has variously called him the solo performer maven, the monologue maestro, and the dean of solo performance. Recent work includes Echo Brown’s long-running “Black Girls Are Not For Hipsters,” “Charlie Varon’s extraordinary collaboration with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, “Second Time Around,” Geoff Hoyle’s “Lear’s Shadow and Geezer,” and all of Brian Copeland’s solo shows, including the longest-running solo show in the Bay Area, “Not A Genuine Black Man.”
Kevin Gerzevitz is a professional musician, composer and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He frequently performs as jazz organist with B3B4 Organ Jazz Quartet and as a pianist and bandleader with The KG Trio. In his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gerzevitz attended the University of Michigan School of Music, focusing on piano performance, jazz studies, improvisation, and composition, while majoring in Music Theory and German. Upon earning his BMA in 1990, he relocated to the SF Bay Area where he works as a freelance pianist, composer and teacher. He attended Mills College from 2003 to 2005 to innovate his approach to teaching music, earning certifications in Levels I, II, and III as an Orff Schulwerk instructor. Since 2008, he has worked as the Music & Movement Specialist at Pacific Primary Orange Sun School in San Francisco. Gerzevitz has scored several independent films and has produced music for advertising, web, multimedia and theater.
Michael Manring is a true visionary and an inimitable stylist who is considered by many to be the world’s leading solo bassist. He has also played with Michael Hedges, Suzanne Ciani, Henry Kaiser and John Gorka. Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what’s possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it’s his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners.
Aram Avagyan is a composer, arranger and pianist with a style that ranges from contemporary pop to soul and R&B to music for film, has been composing original works since the age of 11 in his homeland of Armenia. He attended the renowned Armenian Jazz College and four years later was invited to attend the Armenia State Musical Theatre. Additional accolades for Aram include being awarded the coveted Anoush Award in Los Angeles, California for the Best Song of the Year, having numerous international artists perform his songs and having famed singer Lianna attended the International Music Contest in Bulgaria performing Aram’s song “Ari Ari” which won the Grand Prix Title.