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can say unequivocally that The Marsh has changed my life. All
of the good things that have come from my show, NOT A GENUINE
BLACK MAN, are a direct result of The Marsh’s existence.
Because of the unique and nurturing aspect of The Marsh, I have
been able to achieve success with this show that has surpassed
my wildest dreams. The reason GENUINE is the longest running solo
show in San Francisco history is because I had a partner who supported
my vision and allowed me to carry out that vision.
That partner is The Marsh.”
—Brian Copeland, writer and performer of NOT A GENUINE BLACK
Dear Friends of The Marsh,
As the year draws to its close, I want to reflect a little on
the wonderful twelve months we’ve had at The Marsh, and
to ask you for your continued support.
Art thrived at The Marsh in 2005. New voices were heard. We opened
our Berkeley theater. And, incredibly, we sold 30% more tickets
than we sold in 2004!
Some of the achievements I’m proudest of this year:
- We developed series with three outlying theaters: Luther Burbank
in Santa Rosa, The Dance Palace in Pt Reyes and the Sonoma Community
- The Marsh Youth Theater grew by leaps and bounds through its
productions, classes, work with youth and outreach into the Mission
district public schools.
- Our Executive Producer’s program was a great success.
(Call me for producing info.)
- By developing new work by artists like Dee Spencer, Dan Hoyle,
Ron Jones and Mark McGoldrick, we give voice to the often-unheard
stories of our culture – as we continue to develop a ‘citizens’
- With the help of a grant from the Irvine Foundation, we’ve
launched a new way of developing theater. Building on what we
know about how strong work is created – community, relationships,
trust–we’ve chosen five performers to both develop
full-length shows and learn the business of theater. In June 2006,
you’ll see what they’ve created, in our Festival of
With your help, we can bring more artists’ visions to the
This year, we’re at a turning point in both the work we’re
creating and the audiences we’re reaching. I can honestly
say there’s never been a better time to send us a check!
We need your help to strengthen and support our program expansion.
So send us $1000! – or $100, for that matter, or even $23.61.
Help us to support Marsh artists and the gift of performance they
give to our community.
Whatever you send us, WE’LL SAY A BLESSING ON IT AND TURN
IT INTO ART!
Please call me if you have questions and/or comments at (415)
Print and mail a tax deductible DONATION to The Marsh or buy a YEAR
Hope to see you soon at The Marsh and Happy Happy Holidays!
Artistic Director and Founder