The Marsh première

25th Anniversary Marsh Talk Series

Throughout the 25th Anniversary year, The Marsh will present a series of talks by Marsh artists and luminaries about the state of performance and its development.

Photo credit: Hal Bergivan
Photo credit: Hal Bergivan


by Rebecca Fisher, Mark Kenward, & Charlie Varon

April 26, 2015 | Berkeley

Sunday at 4pm


Solo Performance 2.0: Energy, Intimacy and Community
A lecture by Rebecca Fisher, Mark Kenward & Charlie Varon

“If I can watch any movie or TV show ever made without having to get out of my pajamas, why should I ever leave home, look for parking, risk being infected by other people’s germs, and pay money to see something I may not end up liking?”

The digital age has “disrupted” all forms of storytelling – including solo performance. This is scary and inconvenient. It is also an opportunity!

Join three Marsh artists as they share what they’ve been learning in the last two years about how to reshape audiences’ experience of solo performance, and make it compelling enough to get people to leave their houses and turn off their screens.

Artist Biography

Rebecca Fisher is the creator of The Marsh’s new Writing Cabaret and the co-producer of the long-running series Tell it on Tuesday.  Her solo performance work has been recongized by the SF Chronicle as “smart, challenging, and unmistakably affecting” and won her a SF Best of Fringe Award. She has directed solo shows in national fringe festivals and most recently Mark Kenward’s NANTUCKET at the Berkeley Marsh. Rebecca was a teaching artist with The Lincoln Center affiliated arts education program in the Bay Area Schools and over the years has directed many theater camps with Julia Morgan Center for the Arts and The Marsh.

Mark Kenward has performed his work in over 35 cities throughout the US and Canada, including a reception for The House of Representatives and several runs at The Marsh.  His most recent show Nantucket was hailed by The Contra Costa Times as “astonishing, funny, and breathtaking.”  Kenward is also the director of over 20 solo shows, including 3 that have had runs at The Marsh: Howard Petrick’s Rambo: The Missing Years, Kurt Bodden’s Steve Seabrook: Better Than You, and David Kleinberg’s Hey, Hey, LBJ!  He is the producer & host of the popular High Dive performance series held at his home studio in Oakland.  For more information visit

Charlie Varon has been called “very funny” (The New Yorker), “hilarious” (The Washington Post), and “wildly entertaining” (SF Chronicle). He has been performing at The Marsh for over two decades, where his many solo shows have won audience and critical acclaim. These shows–all created in collaboration with David Ford–include Rush Limbaugh in Night School, The People’s Violin and Rabbi Sam. Charlie has performed all over the country, and has collaborated with and directed Dan Hoyle, Dezi Gallegos, and Rebecca Fisher.

Show Info

Tickets: $20-$35 sliding scale | $55-$100 Reserved Seats
April 26 | Sunday at 4pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | 13+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.

Buy Tix Online:

To purchase tickets, please click on a date below (please review price descriptions above):

  • September 5, 2019 7:30 PMNot A Genuine Black Man 09-05-19 (SF)
  • September 26, 2019 7:30 PMNot A Genuine Black Man 09-26-19 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
(Additional service fees apply)