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The Mathematics of Love

  • Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Brava presents the world premiere of
The Mathematics of Love

Written by Cherríe Moraga
with Ricardo A. Bracho
Directed by the Playwright


Thursday, August 24 – 7pm (includes a post-performance talkback with Cherríe Moraga)
Friday, August 25 – 8pm
Saturday, August 26 – 8pm
Sunday, August 27 – 3pm (includes a post-performance talkback with Cherríe Moraga)

The Mathematics of Love takes place in the lobby of the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel at the turn into the 21st century. Peaches, an aging, mid-staged Alzheimers, Mexican woman and her Anglo husband Poppa, are awaiting the arrival of their out-of-town son, “God.” Enter the 16th century Native female slave-turned-slaveholder, Malinxe, wearing red lipstick and sunglasses with “a small pyramid of Louis Vuitton luggage” trailing behind her.  Her satirical presence digs up the dirt of a once Tongva landscape, the nagging disquiet of those “Old San Gabriel Mission Days,” and an unreconciled story between mother and daughter.  In Peaches’ time-traveling re-encounter with Malinche, she is forced to concede a radically revised ledger on her life; its loves and losses -- the sum of a 500-year-old rupture in América.

Read Lisa Manter's review of The Mathematics of Love.
Listen to KALW's Jen Chien's interview with Cherríe Moraga. 


Saturday: $27
Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: $22
Student Tickets: $15 (Thursday, August 24 performance only)


The Mathematics of Love stars Rose Portillo* as Peaches, George Killingsworth* as Poppa, Veronica Maynez as Malinxe, with Carla Pantoja*, Sarita Ocon*, and Carlos Aguirre. Meet the Cast!

Playwright and Director Cherríe Moraga
Contributing Writer — Ricardo A. Bracho
Conceptual Design — Celia Herrera Rodríguez
Assistant Director — Karina Gutierrez
Stage Manager — Amanda Novoa
Sound Design —  Jonathan Leal
Lighting Design — Cathie Anderson
Scenic Design —  Tanya Orellana with Celia H. Rodríguez
Costume & Make-Up Design & Build — Dorothy Martínez with Celia H. Rodríguez.
Set Build — Marco Flores and Kolmel W Love
Technical Director — Kolmel W Love

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Every once in a while, a play comes along with the power to render its audience speechless – to wrench us from our academic stupor, remind us of the importance of good art, and make us feel a little more awake because of it. ‘The Mathematics of Love,’ written by Cherríe Moraga, is such a work.
— The Stanford Daily in a review of the workshop production in which Rose Portillo also played the lead


The Mathematics of Love was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Mathematics of Love also received funding from the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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