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It’s Showtime!

Starting this Friday. I’m so excited to have my first run (since the pandemic). I'll be performing every Friday evening from September 23rd - October 21st at The Marsh Theater in Downtown Berkeley. I’ve invited leaders from the legal community and academe to join me after the show for post-show Talkbacks (a half-hour conversations) about their work on issues related to civil rights and social justice.

During my five-month run in 2018-2019 at the Marsh Theaters (first in San Francisco and later in Berkeley), the Talbacks were very popular and covered a wide range of topics. This group of speakers promises to share much interesting and useful information, closely related to the themes in my play.

The first Talkback Speaker is my friend and colleague Beth Parker, and she’ll be talking about reproductive rights now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs case. I couldn’t ask for a more experienced speaker on this topic. Beth currently serves as General Counsel for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast and is an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of Law. During the past four years, Beth has served as General Counsel for three California Planned Parenthood affiliates and their c4 advocacy organizations. Between 2013 and 2018, she was Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, the state-wide advocacy organization that coordinates the legal, legislative, regulatory, and, electoral work for Planned Parenthood’s seven California affiliates. Among other projects, she spearheaded the litigation against David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress for infiltrating Planned Parenthood and falsely accusing it of selling baby body parts. That case resulted in a unanimous jury verdict and more than $16 million in damages and attorneys' fees.

Before joining Planned Parenthood as legal counsel, she was a partner at two major law firms in San Francisco where she focused on complex civil and constitutional litigation. She litigated more than 20 cases protecting the right to access reproductive health care services, ensuring patients’ constitutional right to privacy, contesting laws requiring parental notification and upholding minors’ rights to obtain confidential medical care. She has served and continues to serve in leadership positions on governing boards of numerous non-profits: Equal Rights Advocates, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Northern California, Performing Arts Services, the Women's Leadership Alliance, San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Community Boards, and the California Abortion Alliance. My deep gratitude to Beth for joining me after the first show.

It’s taking lots of rehearsal time to get comfortable moving on stage, which is an enormous space compared to the limited rectangular box that confines me during virtual performances at my home. I’m still doing some talks and presentations on zoom, which I greatly enjoy, but what a different experience to be back on stage.

I’m so appreciative of all of you who have seen my show and brought your friends to see it again and again. Although the name of the play remains the same, it’s always evolving to comment on current events.

Money-back guarantee, from me, that you’ll leave with new insights.

Make an evening of it, and come with your friends, there are lots of restaurants within walking distance of the theater, my favorite is Cancun, right next door to The Marsh. The theater is very easy to get to, it is right across the street from the Berkeley Downtown BART station. There’s an underground parking lot with plenty of parking at Oxford Parking Garage (2165 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704), parking is $5 flat rate after 5 pm. Take the elevator or stairs on the back side of the garage (the side furthest from the Oxford entrance) and violà you are on Allston Way by Cancun Restaurant steps away and The Marsh right next to it. You don't even have to cross the street. Very convenient.

Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?

What’s in a name? A minefield of misplaced notions – comical, sad, demeaning. Irma’s observations from the frontlines, notes from American history, and laugh-out-loud humor allow us to consider what it will take for all of us to get along.

September 23-October 21, 2022

Fridays ONLY @7:30 pm

The Marsh Theater

2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Tickets start at $20 and $15 for students (discount code: WhyStudent22). Click here for tickets.

Proof of vaccination and masking during the performances is required.

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