Mark Kenward

mark kenwardNantucket

Written & Performed by Mark Kenward
Directed by Rebecca Fisher

Thru July 19 | Berkeley
Thurs & Sat 7:00pm | button



Enjoy a performance and picnic dinner as part of the evening (included in the price of your ticket)!**

Seagulls. Sand dunes. Surfcasters at sundown, their rods bent with fish. Where whaling captains of old gave birth to a mightier world economy, and where today’s New England elite spend their summers. But in the dead of winter Nantucket is a different place, an island where the reality is that not everyone will be a survivor.

Nantucket by Mark Kenward is a unique solo performance event featuring guest artists presenting music, video, and photography. Audience members will enjoy a New England picnic dinner by the East Bay’s premiere artisan takeout restaurant Grégoire. So jump aboard and hear a story that may change how you think about islands and the people who live on them.

All performances include a New England picnic dinner from Grégoire picked up during intermission.**  Certain nights will feature live musicians performing island classics. Dinner options available on a first-come first-served basis. You will choose your dinner upon your arrival. Check out these delicious picnic dinner options:

  • Corned beef with braised cabbage and gruyere cheese on rye bread
  • Deep fried clam patty with marinated tomato & roasted garlic salsa in pantofolina
  • Fried buttermilk chicken filet with spicy cole slaw on French roll
  • Roasted vegetables with hummus in grilled gluten free wrap (vegan & vegetarian, of course, and ALSO gluten free!) *Please arrive early for this option as quantities will be limited*
  • New England Clam Chowder will be available as an add-on at the show for only $5 more!

Plus: Beer, wine, specialty cocktails, tea, coffee, and cookies available for purchase before the show and during intermission.

**Please note that the picnic dinner does not come with the price of a Goldstar ticket. Meals will be available for purchase at intermission for Goldstar patrons.

Artist Biography

Mark Kenward has created seven full-length solo shows, exploring the many possibilities of the form: autobiographical monologues, character pieces, storytelling, adaptations of literature.  He has performed his work in over thirty cities throughout the US and Canada, including several runs at The Marsh.  He is also the director of several successful solo shows, including two that have had runs at The Marsh: Howard Petrick’s Rambo: The Missing Years and Kurt Bodden’s Steve Seabrook: Better Than You.  For more information visit

Press & Media

“Astounding, funny, and breathtaking solo show…An astounding theatrical creation. Engaging and captivating. Kenward has become master of the craft. He is a wonder to watch.”
Contra Costa Times

“So powerful was his hold on the audience, the only evidence that anyone was even breathing was an occasional gasp….Kenward’s a master storyteller… Bringing performers like him to the stage is where the Marsh excels.”
Stark Insider

“a commanding storyteller”
San Francisco Weekly

“a warm, wonderful storyteller who establishes an instant rapport with his audience”
San Francisco Examiner

“his comic timing is as sharp as his punch lines are well honed.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“a compelling storyteller able to serve up life’s dramatic moments, and arrange them meaningfully as a fiction writer might.”
Victoria Times Colonist

“An affable, poised, physically demonstrative performer with a residual Midwestern charm, Kenward describes an upbringing in a household overshadowed by a high-strung, controlling, deeply unhappy mother… Nantucket … maintains an inescapable pull.”
San Francisco Bay Guardian

Photo Gallery | Press Release

Show Info

All price levels include a New England Picnic Dinner from Grégoire*

Patron of the Arts Thurs/Sat $100
Includes front row seats and first-in-line privileges for the New England picnic dinner
Reserved Seating Thurs/Sat $50
Includes seats in the front section and first-in-line privileges for the New England picnic dinner
Open Seating Thurs $25/Sat $30
Includes a general admission seat and a New England Picnic Dinner

New England Clam Chowder will be available as an add-on at the show for only $5 more!

*Dinner will be served during a 30-minute intermission. The Marsh bar will be open for the purchase of wine, beer, and specialty island cocktails, and an assortment of soft drinks.

Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:00pm
No Show: June 5, 19; July 3, 5
120 minutes | One 30 minute intermission | Ages 15 +
Please do not bring infants to the show | Photo Credit: David Allen

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