Marga Gomez Pays Tribute to Her Showman Dad with Latin Standards

In Latin Standards, Marga Gomez extolls and laments th creative addiction passed down from immigrant father to lesbian daughter.

In Latin Standards, Marga Gomez extolls and laments the creative addiction passed down from immigrant father to lesbian daughter. (Photo: Courtesy of Marga Gomez)

Latin Standards is Marga Gomez’s 12th solo play: a love letter to her blustery Cuban father and the ways his passion to perform influenced her career as a comedian. Started in New York, Gomez has toured the country over the last year and now brings the show home to the Bay Area in 2018.

San Franciscans will remember Gomez launching a hipster comedy night at “Esta Noche,” a doomed Mission district drag club, during the onset of San Francisco’s gentrification crisis.

Her father’s glory days — with the stage name Willy Chevalier — were the 1950s and 60s in New York. By the 70s, he was struggling for work as live entertainment venues in the Latino community declined. An entertainer’s life is often one of ups and downs, and she talks about her own as well as his. Marga Gomez performs Latin Standards at the Brava Theater Jan. 11-28, and then Feb. 9-11 at MACLA in San Jose.

Catch a sneak peak of Latin Standards as performed at The Public’s Under The Radar Festival:

Marga Gomez Pays Tribute to Her Showman Dad with Latin Standards 20 December,2017Rachael Myrow

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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts, culture and technology in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She regularly files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious, and guest hosts KQED’s Forum.

Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.

She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
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