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.


David FordThe Title Is — How the Work Gets Done — Until I Change the Title

by David Ford

December 7, 2014 | San Francisco

Sunday at 4pm


How the Work Gets Done. It’s a workshop title, right? Creativity is just a question of learning the tricks, developing some good work habits, maybe overcoming our fear of failure. Or maybe our fear of success! All very productive. We are Americans, nation of bridge builders. Let’s solve the problem and get on with it! Protestant work ethic!

Which is why, on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4:00 PM, I am going to switch the title.

The Title Is — How the Work Gets Done — Until I Change the Title. It’s a lecture, about humility. But maybe you can’t lecture about humility.

Maybe it is a talk. But it’s about arrogance, too.

It’s a lecture or a talk about humility and/or arrogance and how both play out in the lives of artists. There will be projections! Of paintings by people you have heard of, and by people you’ve never heard of!

And there will be personal stories. About how much you can learn from something you’re not very good at. And mostly it’s a chance to think about the strange sort of seafaring it is to navigate the arts. This presentation is the first in a series (that sounds arrogant to say) on the life and condition of artists past and present.

Artist Biography

David Ford (“the dean of solo performance” —SF Chronicle) has been collaborating on new and unusual theater for three decades, and has, himself, written several plays. Recent work includes: Brian Copeland’s SCION, JEWELRY BOX, and THE WAITING PERIOD and NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN (which performed more than 700 times in San Francisco, LA and New York), Geoff Hoyle’s GEEZER, Charlie Varon’s FEISTY OLD JEW, RABBI SAM, PEOPLE’S VIOLIN, RUSH LIMBAUGH IN NIGHT SCHOOL, Marilyn Pittman’s ALL THE RAGE, Cherry Zonkowski’s READING MY DAD’S PORN, FRENCH KISSING THE DOG. Other work of note includes, with storyteller-holy-man Ron Jones and Michael Rice, a mentally disabled performer, SAY RAY. He also worked with Bill Talen on the original creation of REVEREND BILLY, the Obie award winning theatre piece/ political action. David’s work has been seen regionally at the Public Theatre, Second Stage, St. Clement’s, Dixon’s Place, One Dream Theatre and Theatre for the New City (NY), Highways (LA) and Woolly Mammoth (Washington DC), most of the fringe festivals in North America, as well as at theaters around the Bay Area including The Berkeley Rep, the Magic Theatre and Marin Theatre Company. His play, THE INTERROGATION OF NATHAN HALE, premiered at South Coast Rep. and was published by Dramatic Publishing Company. He’s had play readings at The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep., Magic Theatre, Theatreworks (Palo Alto), and Bay area Playwrights Festival. Mr. Ford also teaches Creating and Performing Your Own Work at The Marsh and is a Resident Artist.

Show Info

Tickets: $20-$35 sliding scale | $50-$100 Reserved Seats
December 7 | Sunday at 4pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 12+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

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