|MARGA GOMEZ'S INTIMATE DETAILS is a new comedy
by the sarcastic Latina writer/performer who has been called "a sharp-eyed
witty performer" by the Chicago Reader, "a comic marksman"
by the NY Times, "a major talent" by the San Francisco Chronicle
and an "incandescent, sardonic wit" by the LA Times. She says
her newest solo play is a "tell- all" dedicated to all the girls
and inanimate objects she has ever loved before. But there's a special place
for the gay pride volunteer who picked her up at a parade and turned out
to be a straight chick (separated from a husband who lived down the street)
who held her relationship/hostage for about a month in her suburban home.
David Schweizer directs.
Okay, it's not EXACTLY about that incident--she's using the story and
changing NJ to Buffalo--at least as of this writing. It's part of a tapestry
of memoirs about intimacy, romance and sex. Some of us groan at our bad
memories and then try to force them out of our minds. Not Gomez, who makes
plays out of them. This one also includes her hooking up with a public
access television reporter and humping a statue. It's a saga, she says,
of "pursuit, desire and getting it."
Her work has always been "teetering between performance art and
standup," borrowing amply from her personal history and morphing
into monologues that are " self-deprecating, sarcastic, with fits
of brazenness" (Libby Molineaux, LA Weekly). Her "A Line Around
the Block," devoted to her Hispanic impresario father, Willy Chevalier,
was called "Affectionate, understanding, tinged with pain and regret
but best of all nostalgic and funny" by Lawrence Van Gelder in the
Times, who also deemed her "As splendid a mimic as she is a keen-eyed
sociologist and captivating storyteller." Her "Memory Tricks,"
devoted to her mother, a Latin dancer who later turned belly dancer, inspired
Tom Jacobs to write in Variety that she had raised the autobiographical
monologue to a new level.
This production re-unites her with director David Schweizer, who last
collaborated with her on "Jaywalker" (PS122, 1999). His performance
art directing credits include Ann Magnuson's "Rave Mom" and
"You Could Be Home Now", Sandra Tsing Loh's "Aliens in
America" and "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp," Nora Dunn's "Small
Prey," John Fleck's "Nothing Beats Pussy" and Carmelita
Tropicana and Marga Gomez's "Single Wet Female." His recent
New York work also includes Rinde Eckert's Obie Award-winning "And
God Created Whales."
Marga Gomez has been writer/performer of five previous theater solos,
"A Line Around The Block," (Public, 1996) "Memory Tricks,"
(Public 1993), "Marga Gomez is Pretty, Witty & Gay," (Whitney
Museum & PS 122, 1994) "Jaywalker" (PS122, 1999) and "The
Twelve Days of Cochina" (which worked-in-progress at Dixon Place,
as well as out of town in San Francisco and Boston during 2001). She received
Theatre LA's Ovation Award for "Carpa Clash," a collaboration
with Culture Clash at the Mark Taper Forum, and the Bay Area Theater Critics
Circle Award for "Memory Tricks." She was called "gut busting
hilarious" and given "Best Comic Performance of 2002" for
"Single Wet Female" by the New York Blade. Theatrically, she
has appeared in three engagements of "The Vagina Monologues"
(Twice in SF; once in NY in November, 2002).
Gomez started doing solo theater after building her stand-up career in
the '80s, motivated by wanting to write something about her parents. Her
father had been a comedian and founder of the Teatro Latino variety house
during an earlier time (which fought a losing battle against television),
so it was in her blood. She tested the waters in a theater festival in
1991 and subsequently wrote her first extended work, "Memory Tricks,"
about her mom. Now she lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn when in NY ("Life
on the L train"), and divides her work between standuyp comedy and
Selections from Gomez' work have been published in several anthologies
including "Extreme Exposure" (TCG Books), "Out, Loud &
Laughing" (Anchor Books), "Contemporary Plays by American Women
of Color" (Routledge) and "Out of Character" (Bantam Books).
Currently she is collaborating on an erotic thriller with Carmelita Tropicana.