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 sharon@themarsh.org.

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Written and Performed by Alicia Dattner
Directed by Katie Rubin
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

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  • August 3, 2016 7:30 PMEat, Pray, Laugh! 08-03-16
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“Best Storyteller.” -New York United Solo Festival, Off Broadway

“Sold Out Show Award.” -SF Fringe Festival

“Goofy, messy, and fun!” -SF Weekly

Jewish princess seeks Indian guru for one life stand!
In this true-life story, Alicia leaves the safety of San Francisco for a three-month solo adventure across India, in search of spiritual salvation with the masters. From seductive French yoga teachers to scary Indian toilets, Alicia pokes fun at her Western monkey-mind irritations, including the Italian fashion exporter with a Krishna fetish and mosquitoes the size of small ponies, to the Chabad House on the Ganges, ultimately, discovering the true meaning of mustaches and masala chai.

Renowned kirtan musician, Mirabai Warkulwiz opens the show and sets the stage, joining Alicia in creating a total Jew-in- India experience of homemade chai and prasad (Indian sweets), a splash of delicious kirtan music (call and response Sanskrit music), and a lot of laughter.

Voted Best Comedian in both the SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian, Alicia Dattner has performed in Hollywood, Hawaii, New York, Bombay, and London, and she’s delighted to bring this epic show back home to the Bay where her heart is.

Alicia Dattner did her first standup set at the tender age of 18 and performed often at The Marsh’s Mock Cafe. Mentored by several talented comedians over the years, W. Kamau Bell (HBO, FX, CNN), Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers), and Bill Santiago (Comedy Central), she’s been knocking out audiences at clubs like The Improv, The Punch Line, Cobb’s, and Gotham Comedy Club, in Hollywood, Bombay, New York, and London. After a dozen years of doing standup, she’s now racking up awards for her humorous, insightful one-woman shows. Fresh from an sold-out run Off Broadway in New York this spring, Alicia’s shows and extended runs have garnered her a number of awards, including Best Comedian in both the SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian.

Mirabai (Kirtan singer) is trained in jazz and folk, and found the bhakti path in 2002. Mirabai has studied Indian music and kirtan with Jai Uttal, Sargam Shah and Krishna Das.

Katie Rubin (Director) has been toured her first comedic solo show, “Insides OUT!”, to venues across the country for 8 years and has been acting and performing ever since.

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Written and Performed by Kathleen Denny
Directed by Mark Kenward
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 14 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

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  • September 21, 2016 7:30 PMNice is Not What We Do 09-21-16
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“Funny, a wee bit poignant and entirely honest.” –Winnipeg Free Press

“Will leave you grateful.” — The Watermark – LGBT Newspaper of Central Florida

SOLD OUT at the San Francisco Fringe

Got a family? Ever wonder what might happen if people told the truth?

Kathleen tells the funny and unvarnished truth as she unwraps a gathering of her clan for their father’s funeral. She a sibling will give eulogies. How do you sum up the life of a parent? Dad charmed the world, but not his own family. Step up for dueling eulogies!

Writer and storyteller Kathleen Denny is a relative newcomer to solo performance. family tales and her work life as a union machinist and airframe mechanic grounded her short works for print and NPR, but she discovered the power of solo performance at The Marsh. David Ford, Ann Randolph, and the Monday Night Marsh series first put her words onstage. Nice is Not What We Do, her first full-length solo show, delighted festival audiences in Fresno, Boulder, San Francisco, Winnipeg, Canada, and Orlando. Kathleen is happy to bring it back to The Marsh.

Mark Kenward is the director of over 20 full-length solo shows. Four of those had runs at The Marsh, including Houston Robertson’s Victory for the Recycled Virgin.

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Performed by Corey Weinstein with Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
70 minutes (with discussion afterwards) | No Intermission | Ages 13 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

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  • September 28, 2016 7:30 PMErased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me 09-28-16
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Erased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me is about memory, the Holocaust and the
process of negotiating the personal and communal trauma of WWII.

The play recounts the story of the ethnic cleansing of the Jews by gunfire in the
Ukraine in 1941 using the established historical record as resources. And it tells the author’s
story as he grew up in a gilded Jewish ghetto in the backwash of the Holocaust; about how
his community managed the shock and trauma.  The 15 songs that provide the backbone of
the play are interspersed with narratives about what was done, what was lost, what was
erased in our lives, and what can be recovered even now.

In the J Weekly (4/28/16) Rabbi Jane Litman said of the play “(it) weaves together
music, memories and historical data as a metaphor for the complex strands of thought that
form contemporary understanding of the Holocaust. By juxtaposing flashbacks to the death
squads of Eastern Europe with the stories about the inchoate trauma suffered by a
generation of post-Holocaust American Jews,” she continued, Weinstein “underscores the
role that history plays in the lives of ordinary people.”

Corey Weinstein is a songwriter and clarinet player born in September 1944.  He
has published two CDs of music largely inspired by the klezmer and Yiddish stage musical
traditions and leads the klezmer band Umzist which performs only for free. On stage Corey
is joined by Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz who have sung with the San Francisco
Jewish Folk Chorus and in other venues in the Bay Area.