Marsh Rising

One-Night-Only performances of rising talent at The Marsh San Francisco. Marsh Rising presents works in progress that may be ready for an extended run. For information about putting on a Marsh Rising show, e-mail Sharon Eberhardt at sharoneberhardt@yahoo.com


“The Happiest White Lady Ever!” & “Tennessee Times”

2 Pieces part of the Times Unseen Initiative
Performed by Pearl Louise & Rebecca Fisher
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 13+
Tickets: $15

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  • September 26, 2018 7:30 PMPearl Louise & Rebecca Fisher - Times Unseen Rising 09-26-18
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The Ins and Outs of Fingers, Spoons, and an Open Marriage

Written & Performed by Pascale Roger
Developed with Nicolette Chaffey, Andrea Hart and Tracy Ward
Directed by Andrea Hart
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7:30pm
85 minutes | No intermission | Ages 18+
Tickets: $15

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  • October 3, 2018 7:30 PMThe Ins and Outs of Fingers, Spoons and Open Marriage
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Show Description

Throwing caution to the Canadian wind, a woman accepts her husband’s request for an open marriage and leaps into an affair with an aloof successful lawyer. How will she keep her footing in such perilous terrain? The Ins and Outs of Fingers, Spoons and an Open Marriage follows one woman as she’s shuffled between men, sexual encounters, beach and lake outings, diving into unchartered waters where she meets every challenge with increasing grit.

Artist Biography

Pascale is an actor, writer, director, who first performed her own material in New York City in the mid 90s. As an actor she is best known for the intensity of the roles she takes on such as Rosannah in Brilliant Traces, May in Fool For Love, and to have “beautifully” interpreted several of Tennessee Williams’ women because of being “rail thin and deeply in touch with her emotions for the [playwright’s] fraught women.” (Elissa Barbard, Canadian Arts Reporter). As a writer, several of her One Act Plays were produced in NYC in the 90s as well as another solo, Love From Behind. Her full-length play, Family In Church received an Arts Grant Award and was produced in Nova Scotia in 2012. Directing credits include An evening with Molière, The Four Lives of Marie, 7 Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse. www.pascalerm.com


The Wrong Kind of Pessimism

Written & Performed Paul Sussman
Developed with Charlie Varon
Directed by Kenny Yun
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 15+
Tickets: $15

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  • October 10, 2018 7:30 PMThe Wrong Kind of Pessimism 10-10-18 (SF)
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Show Description

We’ve traded in our caves, tripled our life spans, written Ulysses, and gone to the moon. And along the way, melted the ice caps, oppressed the crap out of each other, and elected you-know-who.  Are we getting anywhere? From the first gentrification (sorry, Neanderthals!) to the secrets of the genome, Paul takes on (and smacks down!) the big questions of Progress, Faith and Where it All Ends.

Artist Biography

Paul Sussman developed his approach to melodrama and farce through years of work in financial management with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. He has written and performed a series of solo pieces through the eyes of road-ragers, insects, Anabaptists, cannibals, and others who persist in the search for meaning amidst the puzzling evidence.


I Should Have Listened

Written & Performed by Carrie Kartman
Directed by Mark Kenward
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
In the Berkeley TheaterStage
50 minutes | No intermission | Ages 10+
Tickets: $15

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  • October 16, 2018 7:30 PMI Should Have Listened 10-16-18 (Berkeley)
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Show Description

Does the word “family,” send a shiver up your spine?  Then this frightening, true tale of one family listening and not listening, at all the wrong times, is for you. It began with a simple Sunday afternoon hike in the redwoods. What could go wrong with a hike? Plenty, when the family comes along. Within hours, a daughter who’s a mother, her partner, and her brother, suddenly find themselves fighting for the lives of their twin boys and one dangerously deluded grandmother.

Artist Biography

Carrie has been acting since the age of ten, when she appeared in a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She studied acting with Jean Shelton, and has degrees in Drama and Playwriting, from San Francisco State University. She has performed on Bay Area stages, and one memorable summer, she was lucky enough to be directed by Edward Albee, in a CSU Summer Arts production of his play, Finding the Sun. Her plays have been seen here at The Marsh, the Next Voices series, Playground, the Women’s Work series, DivaFest, and the S.F. Fringe Festival. She has also published articles, essays and short fiction. In her spare time she is an educator, and enjoys hanging out with kids, and yes, hiking.


The Designated Daughter

Written & Performed by Victoria Podesta
Directed by Mark Kenward
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | Ages 15+
Tickets: $15

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  • November 7, 2018 7:30 PMThe Designated Daughter 11-07-18 (SF)
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Show Description

Every family has one: the dutiful child who stays behind shouldering familial responsibilities. Victoria wasn’t that daughter. But when 73-pound Marie, her elderly mother, moves in with her–wreaking comic chaos, forcing painful confrontation with a buried past, and prompting the search for the perfect pillow–she has one last chance to build a bond of truth and love.

Artist Biography

Victoria Podesta first performed at The Marsh almost 30 years ago with the solo work “Far to Go.” Had she known that title would be prophetic, she might have chosen another. Now, she is returning to the theater with The Designated Daughter and other tales of the mother/daughter bond/bind. The Designated Daughter premiered in Three Cat Productions 2017 SOLO Chicago Festival.


Hostage

Written & Performed by Patricia Mariko Farrell
Directed by Tim Orr
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 14+
Tickets: $15

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  • December 5, 2018 7:30 PMHostage 12-05-18 (SF)
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Show Description

As a young struggling musician, Pat takes a job in Japan singing at a hostess nightclub.  One weekend, she visits South Korea and meets two Kung Fu actors. They go out dancing and are held hostage at gunpoint for 24 hours.  Confronting her possible death, Pat reflects on her relationship with her Japanese mother and the women she worked with in Japan: a Japanese hostess, a Filipino dancer, and her boss, Mamasan. A solo drama with songs, based on a true story about privilege, love, and being trapped.

Artist Biography

Pat Farrell is a composer, musician, performer and writer.  She grew up singing harmony with her sisters and first came to San Francisco as a clown at a clown convention.  Pat released an album of original songs, Yes And No (iTunes, Amazon). She performed with Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Balinese gamelan), BigMouth (a cappella group)Aswat (Middle Eastern singing), Dick Oxtot’s Golden Age Jazz Band and various rock bands.  She’s also performed as a one-woman-band in SF nightclubs and in retirement hotels where residents often told her, “That’s not how the song goes!”  Pat wrote and directed an animated musical interactive story, Maggie’s Farmyard Adventure and wrote the songs for the animated book, Sheila Rae the Brave


Rabbi Sydney Mintz: You May Think I’m Funny But It’s Not

Written & Performed by Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $15

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  • December 12, 2018 7:30 PMRabbi Sydney Mintz: You May Think I'm Funny But It's Not 12-12-18 (SF)
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Show Description

Rabbi Sydney Mintz wonders why so many Jews, non-Jews and wannabe Jews are
completely mystified about who the Jews are, where we come from, where we’re
going and how to get there. This lesbian Rabbi’s enthralling, differently gendered,
seriously funny one-woman show will touch you in your kishkes, even if you don’t
know what they are. After 25 years as a rabbi at one of the largest congregations
in the U.S, Sydney Mintz steps off the pulpit (for one night only!) to share the
uncensored, hilarious and deeply moving stories that have transformed her vision
of the world. Punctuated with stranger-than-fiction visuals and stirring live music,
“You May Think I’m Funny…” takes the audience on a wild, hilarious and fast-
paced ride through the lens of a rabbi who is both devoted to her calling and
constantly questioning what it all means.

Artist Biography

Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained as a Rabbi in 1997 by the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She has served as Rabbi at
Congregation Emanu-El for 21 years. Sydney is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice and led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  In 2016, Rabbi Mintz became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program.