“I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie” 

Over 50,000 chocolate chip cookies baked with audiences so far….

In Heather Gold’s innovative, smash-hit, “she sifts through the complexities of sexuality and identity with baking’s simple truths.” (Robert Avila, SFBG). Heather tells her coming-of-age story as she makes chocolate chip cookies with the audience revealing the coming out story as a universal coming-of-self story and makes mincemeat of the identities that keep us from our real selves and each other.

“The real surprise of the show is not only the eclectic crowd of tourists, businesspeople, foodies and theater hounds but the effortless way Gold is able to connect with all of them.”


Cookie has played to sold-out rooms and critical raves, running over a year in San Francisco to audience and critical raves and at invitation at top-comedy development theatre Ars Nova (Sarah Silverman, Julia Sweeney, Judy Gold) in New York. The Oakland Tribune named Cookie Best of the Bay and Curve Magazine honoured Cookie with their National Lesbian Theatre Award.

And yes, everyone gets cookies.

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Press + kudos

“damn funny”—boing boing

SF Weekly

“smart, funny…and packed with crunchy bits of thought-provocation”— Pick of the Week

“Gold wielding her remarkable improvisation skills, creates an atmosphere of cozy intimacy and inspires a room full of natural comedians.”—Chloe Veltman, SF Weekly

Oakland Tribune

“The hippest thing in Bay Area theatre also happens to be the tastiest…Heather Gold breathes new life into the solo show format.”—Chad Jones, Best of the Bay Area, Oakland Tribune

Austin American-Statesman “Best bet.”—Austin American-Statesman

“The best independent show I’ve seen all year.”—Zeo, 32, SF

“You had us in the palm of your hand and it was nice to be there..”—Allan D., 42, Austin

“Heather was outstanding, energetic, and thought provoking. Our medical students loved her candor and presentation.” – Charles Romero, Kansas University

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Performance History

Shotgun Players (Berkeley) 2013 + 2014

Chez Spencer (SF)

Hotel Adagio (SF)

Hotel Rex (SF)

Larkspur Cafe Theatre (Marin)

Ars Nova (NY)

Vortex Rep (Austin, TX)

Bowdoin College (ME)

Kansas University (KS)

University of Rochester LGBT (NY)

Maryville College (TN)

Scripps College (CA)

Get Lit Festival (WA)

Headliner – OutLoud Festival, University of Oregon (OR)

Development History

Artist-in-Residence at Jon Sims Center for the Arts (SF)

Venue 9 (SF)

The Marsh (SF)

Past special guests

Heather has baked with many special guests, chefs and wonderful audience members who bring the best ingredient of all—their genuine selves—to the show. Including:

Elizabeth Falkner (Top Chef, James Beard-winning pastry chef)

Jamie Lauren (Top Chef)

Lynnee Breedlove (Tribe 8, Godspeed)

Lisa Kron (Tony-winning playwright, Fun Home)

George Morrone (Aqua, 5th Floor chef)

Maggie Pond (Cesar chef + cookbook author)

comedian Jen Kober (Treme)

Peggy Smith (Cowgirl Creamery co-founder)

Kate Kendall (Exec. Dir. National Center for Lesbian Rights)

Tonya Holland (owner and chef Brown Sugar Kitchen)

Ron Campbell (Cirque du Soleil)

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