Steve Budd


Written & Performed by Steve Budd
Directed by Mark Kenward
Light/Soundboard Operator: Aaron Aguilar

March 15 – April 21 | Berkeley
Thursdays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 2pm


Best of Fringe: 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival

“What They Said About Love was funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love. It was an amazing performance.” –Richard Connema,

“A hilarious take on how people fall in love!” — East Bay Express

“Budd is a skilled actor who controls the stage with grace.” –Berkeleyside

“In hilarious fashion, Budd captures the physical and vocal nuances of more than a dozen Bay Area characters” –Joint Forces Journal

“Budd’s versatility is entirely commendable.” –Daily Cal

“What They Said About Love will make you question your own love decisions, reflect on how not one relationship is the same, and realize that the circumstances that shape how people fall in love and stay in love are always a work in progress.” — East Bay Express

“Truly a jaw-dropping audience experience” –Joint Forces Journal

“Innovative! . . . Evokes laughter, introspection” –Theatrius 

Show Description

Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can’t–tie the knot, that is. So he asked couples about the push and pull of love—what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. Meet a New Age couple that swears they met before they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06, and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love—and, in some cases, find it. This is documentary theater at its best, a la Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews, and weaves in the story of his own search for a life partner. The piece was directed by Mark Kenward, and developed with the help of David Ford at The Marsh, with additional assistance from John Coppola and Slater Penney. Skye Pelicrow served as script consultant. 

What They Said About Love is sponsored in loving memory of Harold Walford Kelner, and to raise awareness of the vital Parkinson’s Disease research being carried out by The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Talkbacks & Special Nights:

March 17: After the show, join us in The Marsh Cabaret for Doug McKechnie’s “Brief But Ecstatic” piano inventions, musical short stories by which to sip Martinis.

March 22: “Removing the Blocks to Connection for Couples”
Panelists: Psychologist Dr. Jaime Nissenbaum, Psychotherapist Michael Gelbert, and Love Coach Jennevieve Ybarra.

March 24: After the show, join us in The Marsh Cabaret for Latin Love Songs with Rennea y Francisco Rosales y Sus Amigos.

March 29: After the show, join us in The Marsh Cabaret for acoustic singer/songwriter, Maya Dorn. 20% of performer proceeds will be given to TEACH

April 4: Talk-back and Q&A with Steve Budd and Director of WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT LOVE, Mark Kenward. 20% of performer proceeds will be given to Bay Area Green Tours.

April 7: Panel with Dating and Relationship Coaches Kimi Avary & Carol Jones

April 12: “Love: What’s Sex Got to Do With It?” Talk-back and Q&A with Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist, Dr. Carol Queen.

April 19:  After the show, join us in The Marsh Cabaret for Electric Outlet, featuring Chai Levy, Steve Branoff, Jill Moran, and Pail Cerami. A funky and eclectic mix of original music, from rock to reggae to blues. 20% of performer proceeds will be given to Alternatives in Action


Artist Biography

Steve Budd is an actor, writer, storyteller, standup comic, and solo performer. He has performed at many Bay Area venues, including The Marsh, The San Francisco Fringe Festival, Tell It On Tuesday, T.M.I., Busting Out, The Shout, The Vent, and Solo Sundays. He’s also acted with many local theater companies, including the San Francisco Playhouse, Custom Made, the New Conservatory, Impact, and Marin Shakespeare. He’s  performed in L.A., Boston, and Israel. His extensive on-camera work includes industrials, commercials, independent films, and a web series. He’d like to give big thanks to David Ford for all the help developing this piece—as well as to the many interviewees who so graciously donated their time and stories. He lives in Oakland. Find out more at

Mark Kenward (Director), a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee and two-time selection for the Best of San Francisco Solo Series, has performed his work in over 40 cities throughout the US and Canada, including a reception for The House of Representatives and several runs at The Marsh.  He is the creator and performer of eight solo shows, receiving kudos as “a commanding storyteller” and “a master of the craft.” Kenward is the director of over 30 full-length solo shows, including several that have had runs at The Marsh: David Kleinberg’s Hey, Hey, LBJ!, Kurt Bodden’s Steve Seabrook: Better Than You, Howard Petrick’s Rambo: The Missing Years, Houston Robertson’s Victory for the Recycled Virgin, and Jill Vice’s A Fatal Step. Other directing credits include Wayne Harris’s Tyrone ‘Short Leg’ Johnson and Some White Boys, David Caggiano’s Jurassic Ark, and Jeremy Greco’s Keeping Up with the Jorgensons, all three of which won “Best of SF Fringe” honors.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
March 15 – April 21 | Berkeley
Thursdays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 2pm
65 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

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  • March 24, 2018 5:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 03-24-18 (Berkeley)
  • March 29, 2018 8:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 03-29-18 (Berkeley)
  • March 31, 2018 5:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 03-31-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 5, 2018 8:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 04-05-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 7, 2018 5:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 04-07-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 8, 2018 2:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 04-08-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 12, 2018 8:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 04-12-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 14, 2018 5:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 04-14-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 19, 2018 8:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 04-19-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 21, 2018 5:00 PMWhat They Said About Love 04-21-18 (Berkeley)
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