Ever wonder what it would have been like to grow up on the Straus family farm? Or, what that experience might look performed as a one-woman show -- with cheese? Then you definitely won't want to miss Vivien Straus' E-i-E-i-OY! - In Bed with the Farmer's Daughter.
All her childhood, while she grew up on the family dairy farm in Marshall, Straus dreamed of more than cows.
"I wanted nothing more than to leave the farm and go to the big city," she said. And, that's what she did, acting in New York and Los Angeles, with bit parts in movies and on TV. But, as soon as she left it, she missed the farm.
When the family dairy became the Straus Family Creamery and went all organic in 1994, Vivien pitched in to help it succeed. She became the vice president of marketing -- a position she held for 11 years -- and created the Cheese Trail to promote cheeses in Marin and Sonoma. But, she couldn't shake the acting bug, so instead she traveled back and forth to L.A. and even performed an earlier version of her one-woman show at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2002.
It wasn't until 2008 that she realized her passions had changed. She moved back north for good, settling in Petaluma, and now works in marketing for Cowgirl Creamery part-time and does consulting part-time with the UC Agriculture extension program, helping three farms in the Sacramento area develop agri-tours. But, she still loves acting.
So, last summer, with encouragement from her writing group, she began rewriting and reworking the autobiographical play she had performed 12 years ago, which she will be performing throughout April in San Francisco.