See Mom, I Didn't Forget!: A Mother's Day Solo Performance Showcase
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A genius so assured he could write operas faster than secretaries could copy them, a genius so original even Bach cribbed his melodies, a genius so unconventional that his conflicting roles -- Catholic priest and creative renegade; cultural iconoclast and establishment favorite -- still shock people today, Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) remains an artist without equal. Now he comes to exuberant life in the new drama The Red Priest of Venice at the Shelton Theater. Today best known for The Four Seasons, Vivaldi was one of the most brilliant figures of the baroque period, a composer whose life was as passionate and stormy as his music. Compelling and humorous, this 90-minute show focuses on a critical period in his life when he began writing his most dazzling masterpiece ... and when he fell under the spell of two equally dazzling ladies. Learn More
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Meanie Productions’ aptly titled solo performance showcase, See Mom, I Didn’t Forget! is fully equipped with pieces to make audience members laugh hysterically, remember the craziness, and remember the love.
The show celebrates the complicated relationship of children and their moms. Even if the audience members and their mothers are on the outs, live on separate hemispheres, planets, or dimensions (literally or figuratively), they are invited to bring someone else and enjoy an afternoon or evening of familial craziness that doesn’t star their own family for a change.
The show-case features five local solo performers:
- JULIA JACKSON rides the roller-coaster world of adoption in “I Didn’t Sign Up For This!” This comic and solo artist has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has worked with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and Paul Mooney.
- THAO P. NGUYEN is a solo performer who was featured as a closing act at the SF 2009 Theater Festival. In “Fortunate Daughter,” she wakes up on a good morning in Vietnam, dons her full-metal jacket and goes deer hunting on Hamburger Hill. Later, her mother takes her to meet her grandmother for the first time.
- ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH is a solo artist and stand-up comedian who has performed with Maz Jobrani from the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. She’s struggling to figure out what will save her and her mother from the fiery pits of hell in “Hijab or Hammer-pants?”
- MARTHA RYNBERG, a Solo Performance Workshop facilitator and original director of the critically acclaimed W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, has her own damn show! In “Best Feeding,” she is an adoptive mother who is breast feeding her child. Impossible! Crazy talk! Right?! Right?!
- PAOLO SAMBRANO is a solo artist and was the lead producer of the short film, Elements, nominated for a Golden Gate Award at the 2005 SF International Film Festival. In “Bi-Poseur,” assuming Paolo doesn’t kill himself first, the blood clot in his leg will. But before all that he has to deal with uncooperative Playstation controllers, Bay Area prep schools, his mother’s death, and his quest for the perfect suicide note (otherwise, why do it?).
It was the warrior and philosopher, Mr. T, who imparted the poetic sentiment:“Mother. There is no other. So treat her right.” Don’t miss your chance to say, “See Mom, I didn’t forget!”