Marsh Rising

One-Night-Only performances of rising talent at The Marsh. 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


Trump Sonnets or: How I’ve Taken on Donald Trump (and Won)

Written & Performed Ken Waldman
joined by musical guest, John Pedersen
Directed by Ken Waldman
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $15

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Show Description

You want satire? We have satire! Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman, has processed Donald Trump’s unlikely rise by writing 220 sonnets in the two years after the November 2016 election. That’s three ambitious books. 75 poems are in trump’s voice, plus 145 are commentary. Here Waldman brings a musical accompanist so the show is a combination of Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and stories of how Waldman wrote these poems–and what’s happened when he’s read them around the country, including to arch-conservatives. www.trumpsonnets.com

Artist Biography

Ken Waldman has nine full-length poetry collections, a memoir (about his life as a touring artist), a children’s book, and has recorded nine CDs, including two for kids. A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, he’s been a freelance writer, musician, and performer since 1995, often touring as Alaska’s Fiddling Poet. he continues to appear at the widest range of venues, from performing arts centers, festivals, and colleges, to small clubs, and house concerts. www.kenwaldman.com


The Road Taken

Written & Performed by Geoff Hoyle
Directed by David Ford
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | Ages 11+
Tickets: $15

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  • March 23, 2019 8:30 PMThe Road Taken 03-23-19 (SF)
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Show Description

Geoff Hoyle’s new solo show looks at how the two roads that diverge in a yellow wood become The Road Taken. Hoyle explores how “what was”
dances with “what might have been”. Biography meets autobiography,
some true, some fictional. See the show and guess the truth!

Artist Biography

Geoff Hoyle, the original Zazu in The Lion King on Broadway, clowned with The Pickle Family, Circus, Cirque du Soleil and Circus Flora. He has performed his original solo shows (The Convict’s Return, Feast of Fools, The First Hundred Years) throughout the US and Europe. His most recent solos, Geezer and Lear’s Shadow, premiered at The Marsh.


Harsh Sadness

Written & Performed by Marsh Madness 2018 Winners:
Edna Mira Raia, James Sundquist, & Dan Foley
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 18+
Tickets: $20

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  • April 10, 2019 7:30 PMHarsh Sadness 04-10-19 (SF)
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Show Description

What’s behind door number one? It’s HARSH SADNESS, America’s favorite game show of death! Grab your tissues, join our live studio audience, and watch as three sincere contestant tell their saddest stories, knock on death’s door, and win your votes. One beloved masochist will spin the wheel of misfortune to end their pain, all in front of YOU. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll execute someone.


Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican State Prison

Written & Performed by Charlie Hinton & Fred Johnson
Directed by Mark Kenward
MONDAY, March 18, 2019 at 7:30pm
IN THE BERKELEY CABARET
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 14+
Tickets: $15

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Show Description

In Solitary Man, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington (played by Fred). A 64 year old native of New York City, Otis has been imprisoned since 1975 and at Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. He writes, “There are people who have no regrets in life, and if they had to do it all over again, they wouldn’t change a thing. Well I’m just the opposite . . . Over the decades I’ve worked hard to better myself, but at times I feel this huge void. I’ve never had a visit from my family. I only have a sister and we’re not close. Charlie, your correspondence has greatly helped me stay afloat.” During their visit, they get to know each other, and Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.

Artist Descriptions

Fred Johnson is a formerly incarcerated person who addresses the human rights of drug users and formerly incarcerated persons, as well as the wider community, guided by harm reduction principles. He has worked in policy analysis and syringe access programs throughout the US. He plays trumpet, and has recorded a CD, History Speaking (A Tribute to my Mentors).

Charlie Hinton attended the founding meeting of Bay Area Gay Liberation in 1975, and through BAGL began his ongoing prison work. He is also a member of Haiti Action Committee. Solitary Man is Charlie’s second theatrical endeavor, after his solo show Life Wish. He is the author of Life Wish: Essays, Letters, Songs, Solo Performance, Haiku written over time.