Performances for July 14-24 have been cancelled, but we have added new performance dates on July 28, 29, 30!
Due to a positive COVID case, public performances for “References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot” have been cancelled. If you had tickets for July 21-24, the Box Office will be reaching out to you. If you would like to exchange your tickets for the new dates: july 28, 29, 30 at 8pm, please email [email protected]
REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALÍ MAKE ME HOT
by José Rivera
directed by Katja Rivera
Strange things happen in a moonlit backyard on the edge of the California Desert. The cat talks with a dangerously seductive coyote, and the moon plays his violin for a lonely woman awaiting her husband’s return from war. When he arrives, broken and distant, the reality of their relationship seems as strange as the apparitions in the desert night. Playwright Jose Rivera, a contemporary master of magical realism, has created a deeply mystical play that explores the scars of war on those who fight it and those who get left behind.
Obie Award winner
A magical realism love story from one of our greatest experimental playwrights.
Custom Made will comply with all county and city Covid-19 guidelines and recommendations. All performers and staff are double-vaccinated and boosted & tested weekly. All patrons will show proof of vaccination and booster upon entry. Masks will be required in the theatre at all times, and concessions will not be permitted. Should a performance be canceled, patrons will be offered to reschedule or to be refunded.
Photos by Jay Yamada. Left top: Robbie Diaz, Alejandra Wahl, Gabriel Ross. Left Bottom: Caleb Cabrerra, Carla Gallardo.
- Carla Gallardo (GABRIELA)
- Robbie Diaz (MARTÍN)
- Caleb Cabrera (BENITO/MOON)
- Gabriel A. Ross (COYOTE)
- Alejandra Wahl (CAT)
- Katja Rivera (Director)
- Connie Galvan (Stage Manager)
- Marisely Cortés (Costume Design)
- Lana Palmer (Sound Design)
- Sarah Pykitt (Scenic Design)
- Sara "Edie" Saavedra (Lighting Design)
- Elyse Schrock (Props Design)
- Elena Wright (Intimacy & Fight Choreographer)
- Matthew Owens (Technical Director)
Carla Gallardo (she/her/ella) is a Bay Area actor, and is excited to work with CustomMade Theater again ! Her recent credits include : The Tempest (Oakland Theater Project), The Box (Pulitzer Center/Marin Shakespeare), & Retablos (Word 4 Word). Through theater and acting, she has worked with many programs around education & awareness on a myriad of topics with students all over Northern California with NCTC’s YouthAware, Word 4 Word’s youth Program, & Kaiser Permanentes’ Educational Theater. On her down-time, she enjoys quality time with her loved ones, finding another DIY crafts to start, sipping on some hot chocolate, or tending to her plant-children.
Owing (he/they) to his versatility as an actor, Robbie Diaz has performed in a variety of roles, from Malvolio in Twelfth Night, to Benny in Rent. He studied Theatre Arts and writing at the University of Puget Sound under directors and dramaturgs such as Jess K. Smith and Geoff Proehl. He has also studied at Voice One in San Francisco, and pursues voice acting alongside stage work. A storyteller at heart, Robbie passes his time with independent writing projects, improv exercises, and roleplaying games when not onstage.
Caleb Cabrera is San Francisco based Chicano actor & pedicabber. Past Credits; Transfers (Crowded Fire), Women Laughing Alone With Salad, The Events, Grand Concourse, Hamlet (Shotgun Players), Performance In A Field (SFIAF), The Eva Trilogy (Magic Theatre), My Mañana Comes (MTC), Into The Beautiful North, Totem & Taboo (Central Works), Year of The Rooster (Impact). He graduated from SFSU with a B.A. in Drama – Performance.
Gabriel A. Ross
Gabriel has appeared in many productions with CMTC over the years. Some notable performances include Equus (Alan), The Water Engine (Lang), The Underpants (Cohen), and Isaac’s Eye (Isaac). Other recent theatrical affiliations include work with African American Shakespeare, Eye/Zen, Pacifica Spindrift, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Thrillpeddlers, and The Rhino. He was a TBA Finalist for his performance as Jason in Action Hero with The Rhino. He earned his MFA from George Washington University’s Academy for Classical Acting.
Alejandra (she/they) is an artist who seeks to explore the intersection between justice, transformation, liberation, and healing in creative, imaginative expression. Most recent productions: Edward/Victoria (Cloud 9 at Custom Made Theater Co.); Sabina (The Skin Of Our Teeth, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley), The Porter/Lady Macduff (Macbeth, Berkeley Shakespeare Company). A bilingual teaching artist and director, Alejandra directs theater programs with incarcerated men and women in California state prisons, using Shakespeare, contemporary works, and acting skills as a tool for self-reflection and empowerment. She firmly believes in the radical power of theater, and is excited for you all to experience the magic of this production. Para siempre!
Katja Rivera studied theater at LACC Theatre Academy and Drama Studio London at Berkeley. Bay Area acting credits include: Shotgun Players, Magic Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, Center Rep. Directing credits include Shotgun Players, Douglas Morrison, CustomMade Theatre, RPE (Danville), SF Playground and TheatreFIRST. She is a proud member of AEA, Shotgun Players, SF Playground and Latinx Mafia.
Marisely Cortés Fonseca is a freelance costume designer. She graduated from Academy of Art University in 2020 with an MFA in Costume Design.
In 2014, she graduated from University of Puerto Rico with a BA in Psychology along with a minor in Art History. Theatre credits include Water by the Spoonful for SF Playhouse, Sophia’s Forest for Opera Parallèle, The Pirates of Penzance for UC Santa Cruz, Hot Mikado for 42nd Street Moon Theater, Under Milk Wood for the Pear Theater. As a costume designer, she also has collaborated with students across different majors such as motion picture, television and acting by taking part in short films.
Sarah is originally from the East Coast where she attended the University of Massachusetts and promptly moved to NYC after graduation. She spent several years touring with the Broadway productions of Cabaret, Fosse, and Rent. In 2008 she relocated to the Bay Area. Design credits include West Side Story, Memphis, and Into the Woods at Berkeley Playhouse, M. Butterfly, Little Brother, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia, The Lion in Winter, Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and several others for Custom Made Theater Company, Agrippina and The Cunning Little Vixen for West Edge Opera, Le Switch, This Bitter Earth, Head Over Heels, and You’ll Catch Flies for the New Conservatory Theater Company and A Time for Hawking and Copenhagen for Indra’s Net Theater, Bitch Slap, Champagne White and the Temple of Poon, Champagne White is Disastrous, Star Trek Live, Sex and the City Live, Golden Girls Live, Project Lohan and many other for D’Arcy Drollinger and Oasis.
Sara “Edie” Saavedra
Saavedra made her light designing debut with Quantum Dragon Theatre designing Ageless (2017) Universal Robots (2018), The Do’s and Don’ts of Time Travel (2019), Fahrenheit 451 (2019) An Invitation Out (2019) Most recently they designed for Awesome Theatre’s The Jersey Devil (2021).This is their first show with Custom Made Theatre and are so thankful to be invited to work together. They also write performance poetry, have acted for Scribe Stages based in Los Angeles, and can often be found in the booth at the Magic Theatre.
Elyse Schrock (she/her) is thrilled to be working with this incredible team at Custom Made. Elyse studied film at UNT and Technical Theatre at DVC where she worked on plays such as Seussical, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Our Lady of 121st Street. Along with working in Theatre, Elyse works in Video, Photo, and Animation. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continuing support.
Intimacy & Fight Choreographer
Elena Wright (she/they) is a Bay Area actor, fight choreographer, and intimacy director. They have directed intimacy for Power Lines and Eurydice at Sonoma State University, Blasted and The Flick at Shotgun Players, Honky at Role Players Ensemble, Vietgone at City Lights, Rent at Landmark Musical Theatre, and The Flick at Left Edge Theatre. Elena received her MFA from the University of Washington, and is training with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, and is a teaching candidate with Dueling Arts International.
Matt Owens (he/him) is a San Francisco-based scenic designer, technical director, and interior designer. He has worked as a theatre-maker both locally and in New Zealand. Matt most recently designed for Hillbarn’s 2022 season, “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, and “Heathers”, Altarena’s 2022 production of “La Cagé”. His other credits include “Caroline or Change” (TD, Ray of Light), “The Rocky Horror Show” 2019/2022 (TD, Ray of Light), Gypsy (TD, Bay Area Musicals).