An Arab, a Showgirl and a Blonde… walk into a Theater!

16 10 2013

so excited to be Directing these 3 women as they develop their full length pieces. One night only in San Francisco, October 16, 2013. we are SOLD OUT! Yay!

lisak and kellitaWhat do you get when you throw together one liberal Arab, (wait do those even exist?)  one touring showgirl, and an innocent under-aged blonde bombshell??? You get a stereotype-busting, cliche smashing set of solo performances.  Five minute love affairs, romance in Argentina, drama-free thanksgiving, and days and days of guts vomiting out…. is this what its like to fall in love and come home? For one night only, hear the answer from this unlikely combo of women.

The Arab: Lisa K performs Arab Love Arab Freedom
Can Lisa as a first-gen American tell her mom about her new relationship?  Lisa’s mom always told her she could be whatever she wanted.  Which was code for “become a doctor or a lawyer… then marry one”.  So she did the next best thing…. skipped the doctor / lawyer part and went straight to a relationship – after all, she could do anything… right!?  That might not have been what mom had in mind. Frankly, its not what Lisa had in mind either.  Uh-oh – Lisa found love in the most unexpected place, and accidentally found herself in the process.  This is a story about what it means to love, be in love, be loved, and all the messy delicious ambiguity that goes in between a juicy full-of-flavor love sandwich.

The Showgirl:  Kellita: performs “Ahhhhhhh
What’s Kellita doing puking all alone in Buenos Aires?
How far does she have to travel for a hug?
And how many times does she have to circle the globe before Kellita finally comes home?
She explores this and more in her piece titled “Ahhhhhhh”.

The Blonde: Rebecca Marshall performs Coming of Age
What happens when the young blonde decides to speak out?
What does it mean to grow up?  Why does she have to do it so fast?

Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins



Final Showcase for “Solo House”

19 03 2013

 Join us for the Final Showcase for “Solo House”: Writing and Performing the One Person Show. 

Sunday March 31, 2013 — 7:30pm

Original performances written and developed in the Solo House Workshop under the Direction of Lisa Marie Rollins

Come see the amazing work these women have been working so hard on for the past 7 weeks!


 Sonya Lewis

Alissa Spears

Darlene Hartsfield- Brooks


$7.00 in advance online

$10.00 at the door


511 48th St, Oakland, CA94609

(near Macarthur BART)

“All Atheists are Muslim” at UC Berkeley!

8 02 2012

The UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies presents

Written and performed by Zahra Noorbakhsh
Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins & W. Kamau Bell

Fresh from successful runs in San Francisco and New York, TDPS alumna Zahra Noorbakhsh performs her smartly comic one-woman show, telling your regular, every-day story of “boy meets girl meets thousands of years of cultural tradition and religious doctrine.”

“Funny, Moving, and above all, universal”
~The Daily Californian Theatre Review

“Seeks to skewer stereotypes”
~ San Francisco Chronicle

One night only!
February 10, 2012, 8pm
Durham Studio Theater

$20 General Admission
$10 UC affiliates (UC Students, faculty and staff)


You are invited to the Bay Area, California Book launch of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out

28 02 2011

You are invited to the Bay Area, California Book launch of

Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out

edited by Adebe DeRango-Adem and Andrea Thompson
NEW from Inanna Publications

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center
200 MLK Jr. Student Union (formerly Heller Lounge)
Northwest corner of Telegraph and Bancroft
Berkeley, California

Sliding scale donations: Free – $10
No one turned away

OTHER TONGUES: MIXED-RACE WOMEN SPEAK OUT is an anthology of poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word texts, as well as black and white artwork and photography, explores the question of how mixed-race women in North America identify in the twenty-first century. Contributions engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race, by placing interraciality as the center, rather than periphery, of analysis.

The Bay Area Launch will include readings by local Bay Area writers and artists discussing their work, including:
Mica Valdez, Kirya Traber, Amy Pimentel, Angela Dosalmas, Lisa Marie Rollins, Rage Hezekiah, Pheonix Rising. Artist Showing: Margo Rivera-Weiss.

(Distinguished Visiting Writer, Mills College, author of Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun (2004) and numerous essays in O, Essence, Pink, Ms., and Tricycle magazines. Her personal story was the subject of My Journey Home, a 2002 PBS documentary film about growing up with a Nordic American single mother and her travels to Nigeria as an adult to find her father and siblings.)

Books available for purchase and signing on site.

This event is cosponsored by: Macha Femme, Third Root Art Collective, WCRC, Hueso Productions, QWOCMAP, MultiCultural Center at UCB, UC Berkeley’s Mixed Student Union.

What People are saying:
In a fresh approach to the quest for understanding mixed-race identity in the Americas, the multiple genres that find their way into the Other Tongues anthology–from poetry to photography, fiction to scholarship — perfectly mirror the prodigious spectrum of their authors’ positions toward the topic. This collection speaks boldly and poignantly to who we are, and by “we” I mean not only women of mixed-race ancestry, but all citizens of 21st-century North America.
— Lise Funderburg, author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity

Passionate, courageous and insightful, Other Tongues speaks affectingly about the pleasures and paradoxes of living between the conventional categories of race. It is a significant anthology, one that I’ve been waiting for.
— Karina Vernon, Assistant Professor, Black Canadian Literature and Diaspora Studies, University of Toronto

For More Information
Third Root Productions

Excellent Photos upon request

Press Contact
LisaMarie Rollins
Third Root Productions

About the Local Authors

Margo Rivera-Weiss is a tropical expressionist artist and arts activist living in Oakland, CA. Margo co-founded a group for mixed-race women in the early 80’s called “Mongrels.”

Amy Pimentel earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Born and raised in the Central Valley, she bounced around the country before landing in Oakland. Amy dreams of winning the Lotto and spending months getting to know the Azores Islands in person with her winnings.

Angela Dosalmas is a spoken word artist, scholar, mother, warrior and an editor for /Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal/.She resides in the U.S. with her supportive wife and youngest warrior-daughter hopeful of a post-doc and/or academic position in the near future.

Mica Valdez is a Native, Mixed Blood (Mexica/Swedish/Irish/Spanish), multidisciplinary artist who recently earned a M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, California. Her poetry has been published in Mujeres de Maiz, The Womanist, and Kweli Journal and she is currently editing the anthology Turtle Island to Abya Yala (Malinalli Press, expected 2011).

About the Editors:

Adebe De Rango-Adem recently completed a research writing fellowship at the Applied Research Center in New York. Her debut poetry collection, Ex Nihilo, was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under thirty.

Andrea Thompson’s spoken word CD, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award in 2005. A pioneer of slam poetry in Canada, Thompson has also hosted Heart of a Poet on Bravo TV, CiTr Radio’s spoken word show, Hearsay.

SF’s Solo Performance Workshop Festival Celebrates 5 years of the Bay Area’s most engaging solo theater.

10 08 2010

The Solo Performance Workshop celebrates 5 years of creating some of The Bay Area’s most engaging, socially relevant, politically conscious, genre bending, and hilarious solo theater.

From Enzo Lombard’s comedic musical, “Love, Humiliation, Karaoke,” to Jennifer Jajeh’s tragic-comedy “I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You,” to Lisa Marie Rollins’ powerful and funny “Ungrateful Daughter,” to W. Kamau Bell’s critically acclaimed hit show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” and much, much more. Founded in 2005 by W. Kamau Bell & Bruce Pachtman, SPW concentrates on NEW voices of solo work.

TICKETS $20-35


8/19 THURSDAY 8PM: “DIS-ORIENTED”: A trio of solo performances by Asian-American women” featuring Zahra Noorbakhsh, Coke Nakamoto, Thao P. Nguyen

8/20 FRIDAY 8PM: “I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid To Tell You” Written & Performed by Jennifer Jajeh

8/21 SATURDAY 8PM: “Love, Humiliation and Karaoke” Written & Performed by Enzo Lombard

8/22 SUNDAY 7PM: “I Heart Hamas: And other things I’m afraid To Tell You” Written & Performed by Jennifer Jajeh

8/26 THURSDAY 8PM: “Lady Parts” Written & Performed by Martha Rynberg and “Solo Show #2” Written & Performed by Bruce Pachtman

8/27 FRIDAY 8PM: “Ungrateful Daughter” Written & Performed by Lisa-Marie Rollins

8/28 SATURDAY 8PM: “AAAAAAAAAARGH!” Written & Performed by W. Kamau Bell

8/29 SUNDAY 7PM: THE SPW SHOWCASE featuring Nicole Maxali, Ericka Lutz, Julia Jackson, Debra Netkin


Featuring: Zahra Noorbakhsh in “All Atheists Are Muslim”, Coke Nakamoto in “Soft Tissue: Secret Agent Bucket”, Thao Nguyen in “Fortunate Daughter”.
Cultural indigestion, color-blindness and inter-ethnic vertigo. Is there a cure? Is it treatable? Is it contagious? That’s what three women — Iranian, Vietnamese and Okinawan/Japanese — try to find out as they aim to DIS-orient themselves from external stereotypes and internal expectations. This show features a dynamic trio of performers who will lead you across a Muslim-Atheist supper table, the Mekong Delta, and Diagnostic Systems of Sexual Dysfunction. In between each solo performance are smart and biting vignettes — comic sketches, audience improv games, and contemporary dance — that will leave you happy to be as DIS-oriented as they are.

8/20 FRIDAY 8PM (also: 8/22 SUNDAY 7PM)
I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You
Written and Performed by Jennifer Jajeh
Jennifer Jajeh is Palestinian. Well, Palestinian American. Or more precisely: a single, Catholic, first generation, Palestinian American woman who chooses to return to her parents hometown of Ramallah at the start of the Second Intifada. Sick and tired of the unsolicited discussions, debate and disagreements about her identity and her opinions about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Jennifer tries to figure it out for herself. Join her on American and Palestinian soil on auditions, bad dates, and across military checkpoints as she navigates the thorny terrain around Palestinian identity in this critically acclaimed tragicomic solo show.

Love, Humiliation & Karaoke
Written and Performed by Enzo Lombard
Enzo Lombard’s hilarious solo musical comedy Love, Humiliation & Karaoke, returns to SF for one night only direct from NYC’s Midtown Theatre Festival, where it was nominated for Best Solo Show and Outstanding Actor in a Musical Production. Already rated “Don’t Miss” by SF Chronicle and “a quirky and cynical romantic comedy” by Showbiz weekly, SFGuardian calls LH&K “a smart and witty no-frills autobiographical show”, and BroadwayWorld has dubbed writer/performer Enzo Lombard the “Sedaris of San Francisco.”

8/22 SUNDAY 7PM (also: 8/20 FRIDAY 8PM)
I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You


Lady Parts
Written and Performed by Martha Rynberg
This is not the show you think it is. Ok, maybe it is a little. It’s about hair removal on public transportation, and elective surgery. It’s about mom thighs and tiny breasts and body odor and women’s magazine sobriety. Lady Parts is really a frank (and funny) internal adventure, tracking the contradictions within Martha’s convictions to leap from being a daughter to being a mother, without hating herself or the women and girls around her.

Solo Show #2
Written and Performed by Bruce Pachtman
It’s 1980 and Bruce is living in New York City, struggling to make it in comedy. He gets cast in an NYU student film directed by Chris Columbus (who later directs “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Harry Potter”). It’s seen by big-time Hollywood agents who want to represent him. He moves to LA. They no longer want him. Bruce is now in LA without a job. Without hope. And most importantly, he is now burdened with a feeling of failure. That was 30 years ago. Why does that feeling of having failed persist? How did he turn it all into a very funny comedy?

Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl’s Story of Being Adopted into a White Family. . . that aren’t Celebrities
Written and Performed by Lisa Marie Rollins
In a rush of electrifying story-telling, spoken word poetry and hilarious, unexpected characterizations, Lisa Marie reveals a sometimes disturbing picture of what it’s like to attend an almost exclusively white, private school; expresses her fierce love for her conservative, Republican, Christian, organic farmer parents and addresses the well-meaning, white, liberal adoptive parents that strain her patience . . . repeatedly. Infused with a gentle sense of humor and a seething rage, Lisa Marie wonders if she will ever heal from the secrets, stolen histories and unknowns she and other adopted people share.

AAAAAAAAAARGH!: A Solo Comedy About How Frustrating Frustration Can Be
Written and Performed by W. Kamau Bell
After three years of trying to end racism in about an hour, Kamau is debuting his second solo show, AAAAAAAAAARGH! See, after spending all that time trying to make the world a better place, Kamau is exhausted and frustrated. Exhausted because it was a huge task, and frustrated, because it didn’t seem to help all that much. Well, Kamau is taking his frustration about all that and more and channeling it into AAAAAAAAAARGH! And this time, he’s not promising to end anything. He’s only hoping to feel better when it’s over.

I Didn’t Sign Up For This
Written and Performed by Julia Jackson
A twisting ride on modern adoption’s emotional roller coaster: We meet anxious adoptive parents, and a birth mother pacing the halls of a hospital as she is slipping into labor. Back home, her mom’s totally fed up with her daughter’s pregnancy. And the birth father? He’s living in his own particular world of hurt.

A Widow’s To Do List
Written and Performed by Ericka Lutz
When she got married, Ericka Lutz didn’t want to say the “’til death do us part” part. Twenty years later – BOOM! – sudden widowhood! Then grief, absurdity, skin-hunger, tattoos. And who knew that Love and Death came with a side order of so-much-to-do? A Widow’s To-Do List is a solo performance about death, but more so, it’s about life after a tragedy, and a complicated, contemporary marriage.

I Heart Lola
Written and Performed by Nicole Maxali
I Heart Lola captures the impact of losing a beloved lola (lola is the Filipino word for Grandma) to Alzheimer’s. In the brief time span that Nicole’s grandmother spiraled from a strong, matriarchal role model to a dependent, childlike woman, their roles reversed by leaps and bounds. This piece pays tribute to all of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s by reminding us that their dementia does not define who they are.

Childhood Mammaries
Written and Performed by Debra Netkin
There’s a mound of bras on the dining room table and little Debzie is feeling the impending doom –blooming breasts and the upcoming onslaught of womanhood. This could be ugly. Come join Debra Netkin as she shares her Maidenform fantasies and fears. “I dreamed I performed a show at Stagewerx…. in my Maidenform bra!

W. Kamau Bell Curve in New York! MAY 11 -22

3 05 2010

These shows are part of terraNOVA Collective’s 7th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival.


MAY 11, 14, 16, 20 @ 9p & MAY 22 at 4p

To get the 2FOR1 deal use the promo code “solo241″ when you BUY TICKETS!

The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour is a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. The Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance.

“Smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho.”
– San Francisco Weekly

“W. Kamau Bell is the most important guy doing comedy right now. Do yourself a favor and go see him. He’s got the most astute, hilarious and completely righteous material going and he’s going to be a legend in his own lifetime like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. Think Bill Hicks but slightly taller.”
– Margaret Cho

April 10th Isaac Ontiveros Video Installation

31 03 2010

Third Root presents
Landscapes and Portraits
video art installation by Isaac Ontiveros
with live sound art by Danishta Rivero and Ken Lyon

Saturday April 10th, 2010
Oakland, CA
Flux 53 Theater (Foothill & 53rd)
5306 Foothill Blvd. Oakland, California 94601

In Isaac Ontiveros’s premiere video installation, “Landscapes and Portraits”, he presents his work created over the past 5 years. Ontiveros’ pieces struggle with the very idea of a single portrait or landscape, to push against the way we are taught to allow them to exist as sedentary, and singular when in fact they are sometimes concrete, linear, sometimes abstract, fractured, sometimes lilting, frightening, and at times romanticized. Isaac’s video pieces articulate the multiple ways we can and do engage with the historical and current imagery surrounding us. These pieces think both broadly and intimately about the people and environments that we live in, the landscapes and portraits of our childhood, of land and our relationship to land, of our work and workplaces, of our loved ones and those we’ve lost, of cultural memory and expression, of political struggle. Ontiveros utilizes both current and historical footage (found pieces as well as original video) as a way to think about the blossomings and locomotives of history, the memories of others that have been entrusted to us, and to illustrate the struggle to capture these moving landscapes and portraits in the multiple ways they live in and move through our own imaginations.

The show will finish with a performance segment, “Tres Fábricas”, featuring live sound art composed specifically for three of Isaac’s video works. This section will feature accompanying work of musicians and sound artists Danishta Rivero and Ken Lyon.

Third Root presents
Landscapes and Portraits
video art installation by Isaac Ontiveros
with live sound art by Danishta Rivero and Ken Lyon

Flux 53 Theater (Foothill & 53rd)
5306 Foothill Blvd. Oakland, California 94601

April 10, 2010 8pm-11pm

$5-15 sliding scale at the door

About the Artist
Isaac Ontiveros (ARTIST) has lived and worked in the Bay Area for the past nine years. A life-long multimedia artist, he currently spends much of his time as production coordinator at the StoryTelling & Organizing Project of Creative Interventions—a community-based organization that helps other organizations, families, and individuals to use alternatives models of addressing violence that don’t rely on police and state agencies, to better build and learn from sustainable practices of self-determination. He has worked on many different media and documentary projects as an archivist, sound editor, videographer and video editor, supporting various organizations working for social change. Isaac also organizes with the Oakland chapter of the prison industrial complex abolitionist organization, Critical Resistance.