United Solo Festival Presents EATING PASTA OFF THE FLOOR, 10/21
Maria hopes a trip to her mom's hometown in Italy will shed some light on their volatile relationship. Maybe singing arias at full voice in the supermarket and offering to sell your daughter are just quaint Old World traditions. But even old friends in Italy are astonished when mom starts flinging pasta and bad poetry.
The idea to create a solo piece started when I joined a writing circle, focused on developing creative nonfiction work. My writing was dominated by vivid characters and their conflicts, which prompted many of my fellow writers to comment that they could easily see the material come to life on stage. As I shared the writting with collegues in the theatre community, I was urged to "tell your [my] story with your acting skills." This is a story of growing up in a poor immigrant family, while facing the generational conflicts unique to mothers and their daughters.
Maria Grazia Affinito is a member of the American Actors' Equity Association from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with various companies in the Bay Area and in several independent films. Sampling of her stage credits includes Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), Ana in Displaced (Marin Theatre Company), and Nancy in Gaslight (California Conservatory Theatre). She has also worked with Willows Theatre Company, Solano Repertory Company, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, and Pacific Alliance Stage Company. Eating Pasta off the Floor was developed with David Ford at The Marsh in San Francisco. Excerpts from Eating Pasta off the Floor have been seen at Solo Sundays (SF), Monday Night Marsh (SF), Tell it On Tuesday at The Marsh (Berkeley), Words First (SF), and DIVAs Tell All (SF). Eating Pasta off the Floor is recently touring Canada, performing at the Winnipeg and Vancouver Fringe Festivals 2014.