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TPAC Presents:

Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?

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February 10-12, 2023

LOCATION: Andrew Johnson Theater


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Single Tickets On Sale July 27, 2022 at 10am

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Perspectives: Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?

A work of creative nonfiction, Irma (pronounced “Ear-Ma”) Herrera’s Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? is a mashup of personal narrative, lessons in American history, and stories about respecting people’s names, even when they don’t sound like “real” American names. Through her portrayal of 20+ characters, Herrera invites audiences into her life as a Mexican American girl who leaves her segregated South Texas town in search of educational and economic opportunities. An affirmative action student, she ultimately finds her way to San Francisco to work as a civil rights lawyer at MALDEF, the leading civil rights organization representing Latinos. Shared with humor and warmth, her commentary about life in the United States helps us connect the dots between American history, dehumanizing stereotypes, and current events. Weaving history and comedic insights into stories about names, she asks us to consider how open and welcoming we really are.Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? is one of three unique and compelling stories in TPAC’s 2022-23 theatre series that challenges us to see the world from another’s point of view and expand our understanding of what brings us together.

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