What happens when everything you love has been taken away? Call God, of course. But will God stop playing Xbox long enough to listen to you? Follow one drunk homeless man, one unscrupulous preacher, and one… maybe two inquisitive narrators on an irreverent journey to decipher the meaning of loss.

“Tastes Like Chicken leads the audience to dive off the edge and where we land is hilarious and profound.”
– Andrew Jordan Nance, Former Director at New Conservatory Theatre, SF

“Tastes Like Chicken is theatre that makes a difference. Steven Low draws us in with powerful characters in unusual circumstances and then makes us think and feel with them as he explores the difficult terrain of loss with hilarity and heart.”
– Amy K. Kilgard, PhD., Professor of Performance Studies, SF State Univ.

General seating $15.
65 min. show with live music from Used to be Strangers. Content not for children.

The Monkey House
1638 University Ave., Berkeley
(15 min. walk from N. Berkeley BART. Parking within 2 blocks)

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General seating $15.
65 min. show with live music from Used to be Strangers. Content not for children.

The Monkey House
1638 University Ave., Berkeley
(15 min. walk from N. Berkeley BART. Parking within 2 blocks)

After the show…
October is Depression Awareness Month. Please join us for a 20-30 post-show discussion about loss, depression, and the performance arts.

Panelists:

  • Christine Benvenuto, MFT, East Bay Center for Living & Dying
  • Amy Kilgard, PhD.  Associate Professor of Communications and Performance, San Francisco State University
  • David Pepper, MD, East Bay Center for Living & Dying

Get your tickets >>

General seating $15.
65 min. show with live music from Used to be Strangers. Content not for children.

The Monkey House
1638 University Ave., Berkeley
(15 min. walk from N. Berkeley BART. Parking within 2 blocks)

After the show…
Join us for a 20-30 min. post-show discussion addressing loss and mental health.

Panelists:

  • Matthew Mock, PhD, Professor of Psychology
  • Teresa Trout, MA, MFT (in training)
  • Christina Vo, writer and owner of Conscioustyle

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  • Christine Benvenuto, MFT, is with the East Bay Center for Living and Dying and has over 25 years experience working in mental health. She is the co-founder of the Oakland DBT and Mindfulness Center, which provides psychotherapy and skills training to people who experience difficult emotions.
  • Amy K. Kilgard, PhD., is a performance artist, director and Professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Her interests include the intersections among performance art, consumerism, performance methodologies, collage, and pedagogy. www.amykilgard.com.
  • Matthew R. Mock, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at several Bay Area universities.
  • David Pepper, MD, is with the East Bay Center for Living and Dying and has worked, practiced and taught full spectrum Family Medicine for close to 30 years. From the ER to the hospital, from obstetrics to hospice, he has helped patients navigate staying healthy.
  • Christina Vo is a writer and owner of Conscioustyle. Her upcoming memoir and other writing address the themes of family, home and loss. She has a B.S. in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill and an MSc in Social and Public Communication from the London School of Economics.
  • Teresa Trout is an Expressive Arts Therapist Trainee studying at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Teresa uses a variety of intermodal creative art modalities including drama, dance movement, music, poetry, and visual arts with the clients she serves.

East Bay Center for Living and Dying
Dedicated to expanding conversations around End of Life, Dying and Living Well. Learn more.

Live music from
Used to be Strangers

  • Terri Saul, vocals
  • Eric Hughes, guitar
  • Leslie Schneider, vocals
  • William Saul, guitar

What folks are saying about Tastes Like Chicken

Tastes like Chicken is powerful and seamless. I couldn’t tear my eyes away, and the play stayed with me in delicious detail–at once deeply comic and disarmingly intimate. Steven Low is a brilliant, gifted writer.
Carol Denny

Tastes like Chicken had me entranced with it’s wonderful characters.
Audrey Kwan

Tastes Like Chicken is inspiring. Steven gives us insight into the unexpected inner lives of others.
– Hisae Matsuda, Editor of Leading with Love

Tastes LIke Chicken is that rare mix of absurdly hilarious and deeply profound.
– Marcus Duskin

It’s (TLC) unrelentingly funny and vulnerable.
– Joanna Burgess

Tastes Like Chicken was awesome–it had me on the edge of my seat.
– Duy Tran

That play (TLC) is still going to be with me a year from now. It was that deep.
Kristen Shive

Credit: Polly Hommel
Credit (chicken): Naotake Murayama