Kathryn Keats’

The Hummingbird

a solo musical experience

“the inextinguishable fire of a true artist”

San Francisco Chronicle

Book and Lyrics by Kathryn Keats

Directed and Developed by David Ford

Music by Kathryn Keats and Kevin Gerzevitz

Sound by Kevin Gerzevitz

Developed with Support of Berkeley Repertory The Ground Floor

Commissioned by The Marsh Theatre Marsh Musical Voices


In the early '80s Kathryn Keats was a promising young musician and  performer who had performed Off-Broadway and on television. But for nearly two decades she hid under an assumed identity because her boyfriend's schizophrenia transformed him from a beloved music collaborator into a stranger with homicidal delusions. When he died, Keats began writing and performing music again. “The Hummingbird” follows her desperate attempts to save the man she loved and then her courageous efforts to save herself - the show is a high wire musical ride - taking us into in a world where genius crosses the line to insanity and love becomes the enemy. Understanding, humor, inspiration and resilience are woven into the 15 characters of the show. The music and lyrics give voice to those asking; how do we handle our most difficult experiences and remain familiar to our-selves, changed though we are, how do we stay truly alive?


Kathryn Keats is a performance artist, playwright and songwriter who reemerged in show business after 20 years of anonymity with the help of the Victim Witness Assistance Program after her former partner and music collaborator, plagued by schizophrenia, began threatening her life, holding her in their apartment for 54 days. This experience culminated in a precedent-setting jury trial in Oakland, California, in which her partner was remanded into the custody of the State Dept. of Mental Health for  treatment for 6 months. At the urging of law enforcement officials, she changed her name to Kathryn Keats and put her promising show business career on hold until 2005, when she learned that her partner had died.

The Hummingbird is honored to perform benefit performances to help fund organizations that include talks backs with the artist. As well, Keats is a frequent keynote speaker and guest artist on television, radio and at community outreach events, podcasts and panels including Center for Domestic Peace, Reimagine, YWCA, NPR, Partners Ending Domestic Abuse, Center for Domestic Peace, Clothesline Project, Chefs Without Borders, Solo Arts Heal, Grief Dialogues, Unity NY, Veterans Village, Missing Pieces, Readers Digest, Montel, Mancow that raise awareness about issues regarding CPTSD, domestic violence. mental illness and addiction.

Keats has been involved in music and theatre since the age of five. She initially studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Early in her career, she toured the country with a successful off-Broadway show. Her work has included national commercials, television, soundtracks and recordings.

Keats has played such well-known venues as the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, the Bitter End and Symphony Space in NYC. Her first recorded full-length CD, After the Silence, introduced her music and her amazing story to the public followed by works with Grammy award winning producer Narada Michael Walden and Pete Sears. Kathryn Keats shares her experience in order to create space for healing and to inspire strength others.

PRESS One of the best Solo Shows of the year.

--The San Francisco Standard Review


The Hummingbird Trailer on Vimeo 

READ The Hummingbird Broadway World Interview 2022 

More Hummingbird Press at Linktree


Winner of Best Solo Music Marshstream Musical Voices 2021


David Ford has been collaborating on new and unusual theatre for three decades, and has been associated with The Marsh for most of that time. The San Francisco press has variously called him “the solo performer maven,” “the monologue maestro, “the dean of solo performance,” and “the solo performer’s best friend.” A week rarely goes by when residents of the Bay Area cannot enjoy one of his productions. Collaborators include Geoff Hoyle, Brian Copeland, Charlie Varon, Echo Brown, Marilyn Pittman, Rebecca Fisher, Wayne Harris, Jill Vice, and Marga Gomez. Ford’s work has been seen regionally at the Public Theatre, Second Stage Theater, Theatre at St. Clement’s, Dixon Place, Theatre for the New City (New York), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. (Washington, D.C.). His work has also been featured in most of the fringe festivals in North America, as well as at theaters around the Bay Area including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Magic Theatre, and Marin Theatre Company. Ford’s directing has garnered several “Best of Fringe” Awards and a Goldie Award.



Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kevin Gerzevitz is a professional musician, composer and teacher. He frequently performs as jazz organist with the B3B4 Organ Jazz Quartet, and as a pianist and bandleader with The KG Trio. In his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gerzevitz attended the University of Michigan School of Music, focusing on piano performance, jazz studies, improvisation, and composition while majoring in Music Theory and German. Upon earning his BMA in 1990, he relocated to the Bay Area where he worked as a freelance pianist, composer, and teacher. Gerzevitz attended Mills College from 2003 to 2005 to innovate his approach to teaching music, earning certifications in Levels I, II, and III as an Orff Schulwerk instructor. Since 2008, he has worked as the Music & Movement Specialist at Pacific Primary Orange Sun School in San Francisco. Gerzevitz has scored several independent films and has produced music for advertising, web, multimedia and theater. Kevin Gerzevitz Shares

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