Forgetting the Details
Nicole Maxali Productions
Writer: Nicole Maxali
Director: Paul Stein
The White Box at 440 Studios
Sunday 17 Aug 2014
“Family, Filipinos & Alzheimer’s. Described by Dave Chappelle as “funny, heartwarming & funny again,” this one-woman show will make you laugh, cry & remind you that in the end, it’s not the details that matter.”
Nicole Maxali is an actor with finely tuned control of her instrument and – with this show – mastery of the back story underlying her impressive CV (extracted here from Brown Paper Tickets):
“Nicole Maxali quit her highly-stressful job running scripts for news producers and began her journey as a working actor and non-profit humanitarian in 2005. Since that first day she stepped out of the newsroom and onto the stage she has evolved creatively and spiritually through various local artistic productions at Bindlestiff Studio, Shelton Studio, StageWerx Theater, Off Market Theater, Brava Theater and Herbst Theater to name a few. Wanting to perform more of her own writing, Nicole took her first stand-up comedy workshop under Kevin Camia in 2007. In just a year, her stand-up experience exploded. Nicole has performed comedy at The Purple Onion, San Jose Improv and had the honor to open for comic genius Dave Chappelle at the San Francisco Punchline.
Under the tutelage of acclaimed comic/solo performer, W. Kamau Bell, Nicole Maxali wrote and performed her very first solo show, Identification Please, in 2008. Identification Please, directed by Allan Manalo & produced by Bindlestiff Studio, played a three week run at The Thick House in April 2009 and was selected as part of the 2009 Kearney Street Workshop’s festival, APATURE.
Nicole is no stranger of what happens behind the scenes of a theater production. In 2008 she successfully co-produced an original musical “Love in the Time of Breast Cancer” at Off Market Theater with fiscal sponsorship by California Pacific Medical Center and South of Market Health Center. From 2009 to 2010, Nicole also co-produced “City Solo” at Off Market Theatre. City Solo was a weekly solo showcase which featured the best of the best solo artists in the Bay Area.”
Through “Forgetting the Details,” Maxali transforms family drama into a courageous and powerful essay on memory and loss, and an important document of the American experience in the 21st century.
See this performance if you can, and watch for Maxali’s evolving work.