January 11-15th, 2017 Latin Standards World Premiere NYC
In "Latin Standards" an adult child of a Cuban entertainer defies reason, attempting to honor her macho immigrant dad by launching a hipster comedy night at the struggling but legendary San Francisco Latino drag club, Esta Noche. "Latin Standards" is a hybrid of stand-up and poignant autobiography peppered with unforgettable characters and physicality and commentary on displacement and resilliance. Marga revisits the triumphs and demons of her father Willy Chevalier: comedian, producer, songwriter, Cafe El Pico spokesperson, and prominent figure in the golden era of New York’s Latino variety shows.. It's an energetic, funny and poignant story of perseverance and creative addiction passed down from immigrant father to lesbian daughter.
**Written/ Performed by Marga Gomez ..Directed by David Schweizer ..Video and Photography Editor: Alex Albers ..Videographer: Avery Hudson ..Lulu Footage: Marga’s phone ..Las Chicas De Esta Noche photos courtesy: Lulu, Persia, Mitzi, Vicki ..Sphere Montage: Bruce Black
Latin Standards has been workshopped in 2016 in New York at Dixon Place and in San Francisco/Bay Area at “One For All Festival” at Douglas Morrison Theater Hayward, Art Saves Lives Gallery on Castro, Lunada at Galeria De La Raza, The Marsh, Brian Copeland's Best Of Solo San Francisco Series, Solo Sundays at StageWerx and Sparkarts Gallery.
About Marga Gomez: Marga Gomez is known for her work in solo performance and stand up comedy and for being one of the first openly lesbian performers in the nation. She has appeared on LOGO’s “One Night Stand Up,” Showtime's "Latino Laugh Festival,” Comedy Central’s “Out There" and HBO’s “Comic Relief” at the invitation of Robin Williams who called her “Amazing… a lesbian Lenny Bruce.” Her comic style has been described as “deliciously cheeky and incendiary” by the New York Times and “salaciously surreal” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The SF Weekly named Gomez one of “2016’s Artists To Watch.” Huffpost named her an "Agent of Change" in 2015. She is also a GLAAD Award winner, a Theater LA "Ovation Award" winner and triple winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best of The Bay Comedian Award.” Marga is also the writer/performer of eleven solo plays which have been presented Off-Broadway and internationally. She was a founding member of the Latino ensemble Culture Clash. Her acting credits include Off-Broadway and national productions of The Vagina Monologues sharing the stage with Rita Moreno and Vicki Lawrence and roles in HBO's "Tracey Takes On..." and Warner Brothers film's "Batman Forever" and "Sphere." Gomez can be seen December 2016 in season two of the Netflix series "Sense 8"
Director David Schweizer has been developing and directing new live performance work for forty years, from his debut at Lincoln Center with a radical revival of Shakespeare’s TROILUS AND CRESSIDA to his return there with Richard Rodney Bennett’s THE MINES OF SULFUR for New York City Opera. Notable work/ his OBIE Award-winning collaboration with composer/performer Rinde Eckert (AND GOD CREATED GREAT WHALES, HORIZON) and with such experimental theater companies as Mabou Mines (IT’S A MAN’S WORLD by Greg Mehrten), Theatre X, (Michel Foucault’s HISTORY OF SEXUALITY) and his own Modern Artists Company (PLATO’S SYMPOSIUM). Recent opera work includes Michael Nymann's THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT, Philip Glass/Allen Ginsberg’s HYDROGEN JUKEBOX, Verdi’s GIOVANNA D’ARCO. Off Broadway/ Mark Nadler’s I’M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF at the York Theater, Mike Albo’s THE JUNKET at the Lynn Redgrave Theater and the world premiere of Beth Henley’s LAUGH He has proudly directed Marga Gomez’ solo works for many years now including LOS BIG NAMES SINGLE WET FEMALE in NYC and in various locales JAYWALKER. LOVEBIRDS and MARGA GOMEZ’ INTIMATE DETAILS.
Willy Chevalier Composer "En El Ultimo Escalon"
Willy Chevalier Composer "De Mi Para Ti"