JULY 23 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
DIRECTED BY SHANNON R. DAVIS
Livia plays the iconic role of Beatrice with a stellar cast and production team.
"We set the play in alternate-timeline San Francisco where the early 90’s and mid 2000’s have blended together, reminding us this isn’t quite today or accessible, but familiar. The male characters have returned from a long protest, grunge is still topping the charts, acid-washed jeans are everywhere, a nondescript spirituality is practiced, and for some odd reason it’s still taboo to lose your virginity before marriage. This is our playground for exploring embodied gender and how we all dance on the masculine and feminine spectrum. Each of these characters has a chosen gender identity which is separate from where they are on masc/femme embodied spectrum at any given moment in the play. You may notice the not-so-subtle sun and moon on the stage representing that bal- ance within us all. How do we find harmony within ourselves? How do we reform our society to find a healthy balance?" Shannon R. Davis and Vanessa Dalpiaz (Director and Assistant Director, respectively)
Livia originated the role of LOLA in the Rela Lossy award winning play
GHOSTS OF BOGOTA by DIANA BURBANO.
Description: Drama queen Lola, do-gooder Sandy, and their hedonistic baby brother Bruno return to their parents’ home country to bury their grandfather. But he won’t stay dead! A comedy about breaking the bonds of family trauma, secrets that won't remain buried, and never feeling at home in any country that can claim you.
"In a star turn, Gomes Demarchi makes her lack of self-consciousness deeply conscious, because it’s always pitched to an audience... she’s adorable, because she inhabits her feelings with the heaving, full-bodied sighs and spasms most adults have been conditioned to abandon". Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
SAN DIEGO REP LATINX NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
SAPIENCE by DIANA BURBANO
The San Diego REP Latinx New Play Festival, hosted by the Amigos del REP, is a celebration of engaging and dynamic new plays by Latinx playwrights from across the United States.
Our 2020 Latinx New Play Festival runs September 4 - 6, streamed online. Click Here for More Info
Read about the Festival in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/26/theater/theater-to-stream.html?campaign_id=28&emc=edit_cu_20200826&instance_id=21625&nl=theater-update&regi_id=99376889&segment_id=36954&te=1&user_id=0893b8918517a1d37c850d0718cdaf7f
Saturday, September 5th
12:00pm Sapience by Diana Burbano
PLAYGROUND'S ONLINE ZOOM FEST
LA VIDA LOBO, by LINDA AMAYO-HASSAN
In response to COVID, Playground SF developed an online festival of short plays, staged readings, and full-length presentations, employing around 250 artists and reenvisioning theater during this difficult time. Livia participated in 3 brand new works. To see it on-demand: https://playground-sf.org/zoomfest/
American Theater Magazine's Article:
by KAREN ZACARIAS
Livia played Tania Dell Valle in this hilarious, timely play.
From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) comes this hot new comedy where gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this hilarious comedy of good intentions and bad manners.
Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone's notions of race, privilege and where to draw the line on good taste.
Livia was born and raised in São Paulo, Brasil and since immigrating to the U.S., she finished a degree in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and has worked at the Magic Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, SF Playhouse, Center Rep, Crowded Fire, Theater Rhinoceros, Marin Shakespeare and Arabian Shakespeare. She is a proud Latinx artist, who also writes, having her autobiographical bilingual show Quem Eu? workshopped at UC Berkeley. She believes in the power of representation, storytelling, and empathy that this art form provides, and is passionate about the many layers available to a performer inside a character. She is committed to radical representation and inclusion within her own community and the theater beyond. Obrigada, Gracias and Welcome to my site!
"Es importante que el actor tenga siempre en cuenta la misión educativa de su atividad artística, su carater pedagógico, su carater combativo. El teatro es una arte y una arma".
"É importante que o ator tenha sempre em mente a missão educativa de sua atividade artistica, seu caráter pedagógico, seu caráter combativo. O teatro é uma arte e uma arma".
"It's important that the actor keeps in mind the educative mission of their artistic activity, it's pedagogical character, it's combative character. Theater is both an art and a weapon".