For Immediate Release:

October 2, 2017


Tilted Field

presents one-man musical


at Z Below in San Francisco

Opening Night: Saturday November 11, 2017

Performance Run: November 11-November 26, 2017


San Francisco, CA: Tilted Field, an artist collective dedicated to creating and producing bold, rebellious, and intoxicating work, announces a three-week run in San Francisco of LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD, opening at Z Below in San Francisco on November 11, 2017.

The LA Times called its sold-out world premiere production in LA “inspiring,” and LA Weekly said “It’s beautiful.”

Created and performed by Giovanni Adams, with musical accompaniment by Arturo Lopez, LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD is about a young man finding redemption where he is deemed too dirty to love. This autobiographical piece is rooted in Mr. Adams’ experience as a black, queer, christian man crossing lines of identity, affinity and ideology. The songs are originals by Mr. Adams, arranged by accompanist Arturo Lopez.

LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD was developed and directed by San Francisco’s own Becca Wolff (The Roommate, SF Playhouse and Hookman, Encore/Z Space); designers include Melissa Trn (costumes) and Rachel Myers (set).

The show opens November 11 and will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm at Z Below, 470 Florida St. Tickets for LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD are $30 and available at


Performance Schedule:

Friday, November 10 (Preview) 8:00 Pm
Saturday, November 11   8:00 Pm
Sunday, November 12 7:00 Pm
Thursday, November 16 8:00 Pm
Friday, November 17 8:00 Pm
Saturday, November 18 8:00 Pm
Sunday, November 19 7:00 Pm
Friday, November 24 8:00 Pm
Saturday, November 25 8:00 Pm
Sunday, November 26 7:00 Pm


Adams and Wolff began developing the show in the summer of 2015 when “...the perceived abject otherness of blackness was being made visible in the most horrific fashion. The spectacle of black death gone viral was a wake up call and a reminder that to be born black in America is to live with a heightened awareness of your out-of-placeness,” says Adams. “Safety can be real hard to find. This got me thinking about my own complex relationship to love and home. Is there such a thing as being too different — too dirty to love? That’s the seed of the story that we’re trying to tell. This story is a meditation of my childhood memories in Mississippi, accompanied with music and images. It traces my journey back home to reconnect with the little boy buried on the inside of me…a liberating act of love."


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GIOVANNI ADAMS (Artist) recently played Neil in Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment at Geffen Playhouse and Frederick Douglass in Mount Misery at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. He was in the world premiere of Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami (Rogue Machine Theatre, LA Drama Critics Circle Award and NAACP Theatre Award for best ensemble) and Sunny Afternoon (Gangbusters Theatre Company). He has participated in the Pacific Playwrights Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Writer's Workshop Retreat at Center Theatre Group to develop new works. His other stage credits include The Recommendation and Bela Lugosi's Dead (IAMA Theatre Company) and Miss Julie and King Lear (Yale Repertory Theatre). His film and television credits include "Nina", Criminal Minds, Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous, Grey's Anatomy and Gary Unmarried. Giovanni was born in Jackson, Mississippi and received his BA from Yale University.

BECCA WOLFF (Director) is a California-based, cross-media director committed to developing new forms and attracting new audiences to the theater. Upcoming projects include world premieres WEIGHTLESS at Z Space (concert reading named to SF Chronicle's Top Ten Theatre Events of 2016) and SINNER’S LAUNDRY at IAMA Theater Company, as well as OUR COUNTRY (Wilderness/piece by piece productions), appearing at the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in January 2018.  SF projects include creating, producing and directing SCOTUS Theater, and directing THE ROOMMATE (west coast premiere, SF Playhouse) CASA VALENTINA (NCTC, Bay Area Reporter’s Best of 2016) and HOOKMAN (world premiere, Encore Productions/Z Space). Past work in NYC includes NO STATIC AT ALL (Tilted Field Productions/NYC Fringe—world premiere, winner Outstanding Solo Performance) & USHER (NYC Fringe—world premiere, winner Outstanding Musical). She is the co-founder of Tilted Field Productions (LA/NYC/SF), Featured in Weekly's Best of LA issue, 2013) & Artistic Director Emeritus IAMA Theatre Company (2014 Ovation award for Outstanding Ensemble, Intimate Theatre, Los Angeles). MFA Yale School of Drama, Directing.

ARTURO LOPEZ (Guitarist) is touring/session guitarist & audio engineer based in LA. He earned his BA in Music Performance from Musicians Institute in 2014, since then he has collaborated with artists such as JES, Kamasi Washington, Elis Paprika, Vanessa Rose, Anna Beatriz, Elaine Da Silva, Jonina Aradottir, among others. He is currently in the process of writing and producing his debut EP.

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