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1310 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103 * Tel. 415.626.2060 * Fax. 415.626.1643 * www.counterpulse.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Solo Performance/Comedy

Press Contact: Thao P. Nguyen

thao.meanie@gmail.com or 510-686-3464

Family With a Capital F('ed Up!)

a solo performance showcase

April 6, 2011

Wednesday at 7:30pm

CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street @ 9th, SF

Presented by WORDS FIRST, a program of CounterPULSE

April's WORDS FIRST line-up is full of stories about tangled, out-of-control family dynamics, written and performed by the people who love their families anyways.  The performances span from the experiences of one black girl being adopted into a white family, the struggles of a grandmother falling into dementia, the internal conflict of a young monk who secretly wants to leave his Hari Krishna community, and finally the not-so-happy reunion between a woman who is meeting her father for the first time.

WORDS FIRST is a fresh series featuring a rotating cast of Bay Area solo stars.  Each show features a dynamic line-up of four short pieces, written and performed by the solo artists themselves.  Every month WORDS FIRST brings together top-rate talent under one tent for a night of comedy, drama, and everything in between.

With performances by:

LISA MARIE ROLLINS   ~   "Ungrateful Daughter: One Black girl's story of being adopted by a White family ... that aren't celebrities"

Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Madonna have adopted black children. How could it not be good? Lisa Marie reveals a sometimes disturbing story that makes clear what it’s like to attend an almost exclusively white, private elementary school; expresses her fierce love for her conservative, Republican, Christian, organic farmer parents and her clashes with the new group of liberal, well- meaning, white adoptive parents that strain her patience–over and over again. Infused with a gentle sense of humor as well as a seething rage, Lisa Marie wonders if she will ever heal from the secrets, stolen histories and unknowns she and so many other adoptees share.

LOUIS JACKSON   ~   "It Hasn't Always Been This Way"

Louis ended seven years of celibacy as a Hare Krishna and became a civilian-slash-student at Stanford.  There, he meets his best-friend-turned-first-love and love lost.  Now she's back, after three years, and he's got fifteen minutes to get his pig-pen room ready to greet her.  Weaving a story with spoken word, dance, and storytelling, "It Hasn't Always Been This Way" explores what it means to be vulnerable, bold, and embarrassingly human.

NICOLE MAXALI   ~   "I Heart Lola"

The heartbreaking and hilarious story of a young woman and her "Lola."  Nicole realizes that life with grandma is suddenly not the same... for Nicole and for her grandma.  This piece pays tribute to all of those who suffer from Alzheimer's by reminding us that their dementia does not define who they are.

MARIA GRAZIA AFFINITO   ~   "Meeting My Father"

The piece is an excerpt from a collection of family stories dealing with poverty, child abuse, immigration, and the challenges of coming back to loving the family members that drive you crazy.  It explores the relationship specifically between overbearing mother's and their daughters, and the switching roles where the daughter becomes the caretaker, as that overbearing mother fights brain cancer.  This excerpt highlights the moments leading up to Maria, as an adult, meeting her father for the first time.

WHAT:

WORDS FIRST: a monthly solo showcase

April 2011 show: Family With a Capital F('ed Up!)

With performances by Maria Affinito, Louis Jackson, Nicole Maxali, and Lisa Marie Rollins

LINK:

http://counterpulse.org/programs/words-first

WHEN:

April 6

Wednesday at 7:30pm

WHERE:

CounterPULSE

1310 Mission Street @ 9th

San Francisco, CA

2 blocks from Civic Center BART

TICKETS:

$15 General Admission

www.brownpapertickets.com

PHOTOS:

Excellent hi-res photos

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