Tilted Field Productions presents:

love is a dirty word

by Giovanni Adams | November 10 - 26 in Z Below 

Our country is riven by lines that separate us into groups of identity, affinity, and ideology. A little boy is born black and queer in Jackson, Mississippi. Trying to find his place in the world he commits the ultimate betrayal. 

LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD is a one-man musical and intimate account of the cost of belonging in America.

“rapturous, triumphant spirit….an exercise in sharing as much delight as possible”

—Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle

“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


Running time, approx. 80 min. 
Friday 11/10—Preview, pay what you can at the door, cash only
Saturday 11/11—Opening Night

Press: press@loveisadirtyword.com
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Creative Team

GIOVANNI ADAMS (Artist) recently played Neil in Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment at Geffen Playhouse and Frederick Douglass in Mount Misery at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. He was in the world premiere of Kemp Power's One Night in Miami (Rogue Machine Theatre, LA Drama Critics Circle Award and NAACP Theatre Award for best ensemble) and Sunny Afternoon (Gangbusters Theatre Company). He has participated in the Pacific Playwrights Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Writer's Workshop Retreat at Center Theatre Group to develop new works. His other stage credits include The Recommendation and Bela Lugosi's Dead (IAMA Theatre Company) and Miss Julie and King Lear (Yale Repertory Theatre). His film and television credits include "Nina", Criminal Minds, Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous, Grey's Anatomy and Gary Unmarried. Giovanni was born in Jackson, Mississippi and received his BA from Yale University.

BECCA WOLFF (Director) is a California-based, cross-media director committed to developing new forms and attracting new audiences to the theater. Current projects include the world premiere of Lachlan Philpott's PROMISCUOUS CITIES (ACT Conservatory) and the West Coast premiere of Jen Silverman's THE ROOMMATE (SF Playhouse). LA premieres include THE LAST DAYS OF MARY STUART (world premiere, Son of Semele/Titled Field) and & SIXTY MILES TO SILVERLAKE (West Coast premiere, IAMA Theatre Company).  Past work in NYC includes NO STATIC AT ALL (Tilted Field Productions/NYC Fringeworld premiere, winner Outstanding Solo Performance) & USHER (NYC Fringeworld premiere, winner Outstanding Musical). She is the co-founder of Tilted Field Productions (LA/NYC/SF), Featured in Weekly's Best of LA issue, 2013) & Artistic Director Emeritus IAMA Theatre Company (2014 Ovation award for Outstanding Ensemble, Intimate Theatre, Los Angeles). MFA Yale School of Drama, Directing.  

ARTURO LOPEZ (Guitarist) is touring/session guitarist & audio engineer based in LA. He earned his BA in Music Performance from Musicians Institute in 2014, since then he has collaborated with artists such as JES, Kamasi Washington, Elis Paprika, Vanessa Rose, Anna Beatriz, Elaine Da Silva, Jonina Aradottir, among others. He is currently in the process of writing and producing his debut EP.