Press Release: Fresno, CA

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2016  |  Entertainment/Theatre  |  rbara Selfridge announces Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures at Fulton St Art, 1118 Fulton St, March 4-13, as part of the Rogue Festival  |  Opening night Fri March 4 at 6:30p, also Sat March 5 at 9:15p, Wed March 9 at 6:30p, Fri March 11 at 6:30p, and Sat March 12 at 6:45p  |  Tickets: $5  |  Media contact: Bárbara Selfridge, 510-390-0283 or  |  More information at  |  Festival box office:

Bárbara Selfridge (note accent over the first a!) presents:

Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures

Bárbara Selfridge asks fringe-goers to decide, each of them on their own, which is scarier: epilepsy or prime numbers.  Or sex.  Also: there are family members you can’t trust to care for others versus those whom you, yourself, do not care to be entrusted with (thank you very much!).  Selfridge’s solo performance in this year’s fringe festival weighs in on these and other aspects of family care-giving.

“Be nice to your kids: they’ll choose your nursing home” — bumper sticker.

The story behind “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures” is that Selfridge, at age 49, is asked to find a nursing home for her somewhat-estranged and more-than-somewhat-strange mathematician father.  Selfridge the daughter, however, has never forgiven her father for the institutionalization, at age 11, of her brain-damaged sister.  Yikes!  The story also includes Selfridge’s surprisingly witty sister, surprisingly racy mother, and two conferences: one for number theorists and the other on how to guilt-trip middle-aged women into forgiving the fathers who abandoned them as children.  Double-yikes!

“Meaty content delivered with wit and attitude… expanding the definition of love.  Recommended.” — viewer in Oakland, California.

Selfridge worked on this piece with solo performance aces David Ford and Julia McNeal.  She also credits her sister Margaret, who shines in the Kickstarter movie that the sisters used to raise funds for this piece (“Take Me to the Fringe”).  Margaret sings backup in the Magic Makers, a rock band for people with special needs.  Magic Maker music plays pre-show. 

Bárbara Selfridge is a writer honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, etc.  She worked with Theatre Unlimited, a San Francisco troupe that features actors and playwrights with developmental disabilities.  This is Selfridge’s 5th year on the Fringe circuit.  She also wrote and performs a piece about being personal assistant to the writer/activist Grace Paley.

Fulton Street Art  |  1118 Fulton St, Fresno  |  3/4 at 6:30p, 3/5 at 9:15p, 3/9 at 6:30, 3/11 at 6:30, 3/12 at 6:45  |  Wheelchair accessible  |  Box office:  |  Tickets $5 (plus Rogue wristband)

Media contact: Bárbara Selfridge, 510-390-0283, banterw8@aol,