Stage Werx Theatre
446 Valencia nr 16th
San Francisco

May 7, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

Ady Lady photo

Ady Lady

NamaSegway

As the line begins to crest Hippie Hill, the guy in front slows down. A second later he spins and takes out the woman behind him. Some uncle tries to be a hero, winds up on his ass, and suddenly a Segway is wandering off, sans rider, into some nearby bushes. As Ady watches the carnage play out and begins to ponder the ensuing accident report, all she can think is, "Where do I begin?"

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Kenny Yun

Mom Spilled Guts On My Tater Tots

Please don't start mom! It's bad enough sitting in a smorgasbord, eating taters. Hope people aren't staring. How can I get her to stop? Oh no, I can't believe mom's going there!

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Howard Petrick

Bloody Friday

Albert W. Strong had made the Citizens Alliance the most successful anti-union organization in the country. He fought labor leaders with a hatred equal to what a strict Christians would employ towards a heretic. "You’ll never win this strike Dunne." I looked him in the eye. "I think you’re wrong Mr. Strong."

May 21, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

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Lou Kipilman

Wiseguy. Rake. Druggist. Dad.

Some folks say you shouldn't Google yourself. But nobody said anything about Googling one's father. So when Lou's wife did a search on his long-deceased dad, a newspaper article half a century old appeared, telling a story Lou had never heard. A securities heist in suburban Pittsburgh? An arrest by the FBI in Brussels? Of a pharmacist from Queens? Connecting the dots will surely require more than a click of the I'm Feeling Lucky button.

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Wayne Harris

Into Palestine

On February 21, 2013, Arafay Jadarat, a Palestinian demonstrator, died while in Israeli custody. At the time, Wayne was flying across the Atlantic on a U.S. State Department-sponsored trip to Jerusalem to perform a story about Martin Luther King for Palestinian children. On the plane, he meets a little old Jewish woman from Long Island who tells him "Young man, nothing will ever happen over there until those Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews. I always say that."

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Marion Lovinger

How Could She Feel Like a Cockroach in the Days of Color TV?

Marion does not oppose. She would accept anything to avoid conflicts. But she has a limit: there is one matter that cannot be mocked, one action that cannot be denied, one place that cannot be criticized. Jean-Jacques, her boyfriend tried it: -you are obsessed with that, you have to see a shrink, he said. He got dumped on the spot. Fortunately, he was a bad boyfriend.

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Irma Herrera

Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name

Shelley, the receptionist at the financial district law firm where I work, hands me two message slips when I return from lunch. "Ear-ma can I ask you a favor? When your friends call the office tell them to say their names in English." One message is from Susana, my best friend; the other from a client. I count to three and take a deep breath. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference… Where the hell do I start this conversation.