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Crosscurrents

If society keeps pronouncing your name wrong, write a play!

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Ever since high school, people have pronounced Irma Herrera’s name wrong. When she'd correct their pronunciation, they'd ask where she was from, as if it was a foreign name. “I’m a fifth generation South Texan,” she’d say.

Herrera’s new one woman play, “Why would I mispronounce my own name?”, explores her struggle with people’s perception of her over time and her identity in multicultural America. Herrera spoke with KALW’s Hana Baba about the play. 

The show plays through December 8 at The Marsh in San Francisco.

 

 

 

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.