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LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD

Written and performed by Giovanni Adams '05 with musical accompaniment by Arturo Lopez, LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD is about a young man finding redemption where he is deemed too dirty to love.

LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD

Date: November 10-November 26

Place: Z Space, Z Below, 470 Florida Street

Cost: $30

Our country is riven by lines that separate us into groups of identity, affinity, and ideology. And to some extent, perhaps more than we'd like to admit, it's our ability to fit neatly into boxes that determines who loves us, and exactly how lovable we are.

How does a little black boy born in Jackson, Mississippi make a home outside the lines?


Written and performed by Giovanni Adams, with musical accompaniment by Arturo Lopez, LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD is about a young man finding redemption where he is deemed too dirty to love. This autobiographical piece is rooted in Mr. Adams’ experience as a black, queer, christian man crossing lines of identity, affinity and ideology. The songs are originals by Mr. Adams, arranged by Mr. Lopez.


The LA Times called its sold out world premiere production in Los Angeles “inspiring” and LA Weekly said “It’s beautiful.”

 

LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD was developed and directed by San Francisco’s own Becca Wolff (The Roommate, SF Playhouse and Hookman, Encore/Z Space); designers include Melissa Trn (costumes) and Rachel Myers (set).



Show Dates: (Showtimes vary w/ performance date) 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 7:00 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017 7:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017 7:00 PM

Yale Affiliations:
Giovanni Adams, Yale SY '05 
Becca Wolff, YSD '09
Rachel Myers, YSD '07
Melissa Trn, YSD '08

Extended Review Quote from LA Times
“Moving and ultimately inspiring. What distinguishes the piece amid a crowded field of autobiographical solo works is its unwavering commitment to sharing history as it’s felt rather than analyzed. Under Becca Wolff’s finely tuned direction, Adams’ delivery maintains precise and at times musical cadences (with acoustic guitar accompaniment from Arturo Lopez) as he glides seamlessly from vivid regional dialect to eloquently crafted prose.” -Philip Brandes, LA Times


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