Stage Werx Theatre
446 Valencia nr 16th
San Francisco

June 25, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

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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?

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Reha Zamani

Don't Call Me Fashia

Lelia is all grown up and trying to figure out the difference between being a Fashia and a respectable lady. She asks her cousin Shelia for advice about the best way to meet men. "You want to meet guys, you have to go more and more to bars with your girlfriends. You have to work out and lose your love handles. You asked me so I'm not going to sugar coat this for you. Guys don't like girls with love handles and you can't wear that black eyeliner. It makes you look like a…" What will Lelia do? Be a Fashia or be the person everyone else wants her to be?

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Wendy Taylor

Namaste Motherfuckers

When my father got sick with cancer, I moved to New York City to take care of him. It wasn't easy. Once in a while, I would swipe a morphine pill… or 2, or 3, and visit my friend Travis in Chelsea. We'd do the morphine, drink some white wine and watch "Sex in the City." It's ok to use a little morphine when you're 40 and living on a pullout sofa while caring for your Dad who has cancer, isn't it?

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Dara M. Wilson

Escaping Squares and Circle

Tentatively, Dara sits across from the small man behind the giant desk. After years of berating and bigotry at a Bay Area tech giant, she's interviewing for the only job she can do: television watching. Martin Crane, the father of a certain Seattle Psychiatrist, holds the keys to the castle, but Dara doesn't know if she has what it takes to impress the man in the green easy-chair. She opens her mouth to speak and wonders what will come out: Winning words? Or just tossed salads and scrambled eggs?

July 9, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

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Diane M. Barnes

My Stroke of Luck

Diane’s horse started barreling through the arena as if she weren’t on his back. Unfortunately, she was. She thought he was screwing up, never guessing he understood something she didn’t yet know. Once dismounted other riders tried to take the reins from her. But she refused to hand them over. Not because she was resistant but because she didn’t realize the wiggly ropey things in her hands were reins.

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Kelly Rafferty

Good Company

Kelly walks into a bar. She sits down, orders a cocktail, and tries to ignore the women who are now staring and whispering. Why does this always happen? What, exactly, is her problem?

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Sarah Elovich

Resting Elovich Face

Sarah hasn't been feeling that great since the election. But her boss thinks that her problem is… her face. Why do so many of Sarah's friends think facelifts are the answer? As she contemplates going under the knife, Sarah encounters some unexpected wisdom, right in the deepest wrinkle in her forehead.

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Houston Robertson

Victory for the Recycled Virgin

Barbara is 43 and recently divorced. She was a virgin bride of the 1950s and enters the dating scene with loads of naïveté. She walks into a bar feeling terribly out of date. She leaves with Jim. He pours her a glass of wine and she inhales panicked thoughts with the first sip. Whats this really about? Barbecue or sex! And what if I'm not sexy enough? Adolescents, whatever their age, could use some good parenting.

July 23, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

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Marga Gomez

Pound

In a cinematic lesbian limbo where plumbers, showgirls, murderers and school teachers hook up after the Netflix rental is returned, Corky has a winning hand but no luck with the ladies. All she wants is sex in her truck with a sympathetic femme with a backstory. But every woman Corky meets has been created by a dude. What is a fictional dyke to do? Marga plays Corky and the diciest denizens ever conjured by Hollywood’s dream factory.

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Ronen Sberlo

Experts, Assholes and True Believers

Ronen has a flight booked that leaves in three hours – but he doesn’t know if he’ll be on it. He’s living at a spiritual retreat center where even talking about leaving is taboo. He has given a reason for why he wants to leave, but can’t bring himself to give the real one. Will he leave? What will he say? Is this the end of his spiritual journey, or the beginning of a new one?

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Lindsey Ayotte

White Girl Wasted

There are a lot of qualities Lindsey truly loves about herself but give her a glass of chilled rosé and her cringeworthy “white girl wasted” side comes out to play. Lindsey likes to think she is above saying and doing embarrassing things. Turns out this attitude is compromised when intoxicated while making online purchases.