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


PolySHAMory

Written & Performed by Kate Robards
Directed by Maureen Monterubio
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | Ages 17+
Tickets: $15

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  • August 8, 2018 7:30 PMPolySHAMory 08-08-18 (SF)
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“With her experience in stand-up, Robards knows how to drop a punchline and put together a tightly wound, joke-focused story.” Theasy (New York review)

“Robards’ onstage personality and knack for comedic delivery make this unique story immensely enjoyable.” Theasy (New York review)

Show Description

PolySHAMory is new award-winning play that has toured to Tampa, Atlanta, DC, and Providence, R.I.  It is the follow up to the acclaimed Ain’t That Rich which ran for seven weeks at The Marsh in 2017. The San Francisco Chronicle said of Ain’t That Rich “Robards’ dissects with wry wit and sharp detail the socioeconomic strata. It’s not just a culture clash but a collision of different universes.”

Artist Biography

Kate Robards is a writer and performer based in New York City where she performs stand up, improv, and acts in plays and other creative projects regularly. Her three solo shows have toured the country and internationally. She is a graduate of improvisation at UCB NY and has an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. She has studied solo performance with Dael Orlandersmith (Pulitzer Prize Nominee), David Ford (The Marsh Resident Artist), Martin Moran (Obie Award Winner), and Lauren Weedman (HBO’s Looking). A portion of proceeds from every PolySHAMory show are donated to Women and Children’s Shelters.


“Unfriending Texas” & “Inauguration Vacation”

2 Pieces part of the Times Unseen Initiative
Performed by Harriet Patterson & Annette Roman
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 13+
Tickets: $15

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  • August 15, 2018 7:30 PMHarriet Patterson & Annette Roman - Times Unseen Rising 08-15-18 (SF)
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Show Description

“UNFRIENDING TEXAS” by Harriet Patterson
Harriet grew up a liberal democrat in Dallas. Now she lives in the Bay Area and grapples with how to communicate with conservative folks back home. Do you confront them? Try to understand? Or cut them off? As she tries to figure this out for herself, she talks to conservative Texans, many of whom are trying to understand the same questions. It’s deep research on how to maintain a civil discourse.

An Excerpt of “INAUGURATION VACATION” by Annette Roman
Armed with only a pink pussy hat, a reluctant activist heckles Trump voters on Inauguration Day and inadvertantly winds up in a viral video with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. It’s a far cry from Obama’s first inauguration, which she also attended nine years before. Now, when one outrage follows another and the worst first family appears to be stalking her, can she combat protest fatigue…?!

Artist Biographies

Harriet Patterson is a Bay-Area based writer, solo performer and nonprofit executive.  Alongside her 20+ year career in health nonprofits, she has appeared on Bay Area stages at Solo Sundays, Monday Night Marsh and Tell It On Tuesdays and her first solo show, Sail On!, debuted at the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2017.  She will make her Bay Area debut with Sail On! in September 2018 at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. A native of Dallas, Texas, Harriet lives in the East Bay with her husband and cat where she enjoys breakfast tacos, photography, and spending time outdoors.

Annette Roman is the creator/performer of 3 solo shows: Hitler’s Li’l AbominationAnimal Love, and Inauguration Vacation, performed at 16 theater festivals in the U.S., U.K., and Canada since 2011. Her short and one-act plays have been produced in San Francisco at Holidays With a Twist 2016, the Playwrights Center of San Francisco’s Playoffs 2016, 24-Hour Playfest 2016 and 2017, and by Theater Pub in 2015. In cooperation with The World Bank and VIZ Media, she wrote 1 World Manga: Passages, a graphic novel about the developing world, which has been translated into various languages. She is a member of the Monday Night PlayGround Writers Pool. Her short play “Statuesque,” or Victoria, will receive a staged reading at this year’s San Francisco Olympians Festival.


I Love Men

Written & Performed by Lynn Ruth Miller
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 12+
Tickets: $15

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  • September 5, 2018 7:30 PMI Love Men 09-05-18 (SF)
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Show Description

Does the perfect man exist and at the age of 84, does Lynn Ruth Miller need to find him? This show examines the men she has loved and what she had learned from each of them about the connection we all yearn for as human beings and the differences between love, infatuation, and lust.

Funny and touching stories and songs from one of London and Edinburgh’s best loved performers. This show was performed to dour and five stars reviews in Edinburgh, Brighton, and London and now at The Marsh in San Francisco. Her act is autobiographical but with an infectious universality about it. The feminism in the piece is genuine, the lived plight of a woman who has dared to say no to society’s expectation Female arts 2015.

Artist Biography

LYNN RUTH MILLER started doing comedy on stage when she was 70 years old. She was dubbed the new Joan Rivers of Fringe Comedy at The Edinburgh International Fringe.  Now 84, she made top 4 comedians in America’s Got Talent, 2008, won People’s Choice in 2009,Branson Comedy Festival, the finals in Bill Word’s Funniest Female Contest 2009 and semi-finals in the SF International Comedy Competition and Star of the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2009. She has been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2005. She was a regular at the SF Punchline and The Stand in Scotland and made the top 100 in the UK in Britain’s Got Talent. She won the TO&ST AWARD 2014 in Edinburgh for best Cabaret Edinburgh Fringe, 2015 Liberty Award, Leicester Comedy Festival; 2015 finalist Old Comedian of 2015; London.


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.