Eliana Lopez plays 12 characters in one-woman play


A one-woman play starring the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and that tells the story of the pair’s involvement in a 2012 political scandal will get three more weekends on stage starting Friday.

Following well-received reviews for its debut run back in May at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, the bilingual play also starring Eliana Lopez will return to the stage beginning Friday.

The limited-run performance will take place at the Victoria Theatre, located at 2961 16th St., and will run for three consecutive weekends through Sept. 6.

In her performance, Lopez plays 12 different characters, some of whom are combinations of different people involved in the events that led up to her husband’s 2012 suspension from his position as sheriff by Mayor Ed Lee.

Mirkarimi was suspended after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment for an incident in which he grabbed his wife’s arm during an argument on New Year’s Eve.

Lopez, who describes the play as “a love story, with a political frame,” said back in May that she decided to take on the performance because she felt like she and her husband had been demonized in the public eye:

“I want to show the other side of the story, the human beings that we are and the impact that this had on my son and on myself.”

Mirkarimi, who is up for re-election this fall, has said he is supportive of his wife and the play.

Lopez is an accomplished actress who has been in film, theater and television productions in her native Venezuela.

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