Marsh Talk, The Wave: One Week to Fascism

Featuring Ron Jones & Marc Montserrat-Drukker
Moderated by Barbara Lane

Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 7:30pm | San Francisco


On March 8, 2017, The Marsh brings together Ron Jones and Marsh artist in residence, Marc Monserrat-Drukker, for a Marsh Talk, The Wave, A Week To Fascism, moderated by Barbara Lane.

In 1967, Ron Jones a young, charismatic Palo Alto high school teacher was teaching a history class on the Holocaust. The class could not believe how the holocaust had happened. So Ron, devised an experiment. He called it The Third Wave. In less than a week, he developed a fascist regime and environment at Cubberley High.

After the experiment, Ron wrote a short story about the experiment that was published in the Whole Earth Review (CoEvolution Quarterly). In current terms, it has since gone “viral.”  A TV movie by Norman Lear, a novel, a documentary, a German movie and playwrights around the world have produced their own theatrical version of this story. Including Marsh Youth Theater developing its own musical in 2009.

Over five years, Marc Monserrat-Drukker developed his own version La Ola (The Wave). Premiering in Barcelona in 2013, La Ola was selected by theater critics as one of Spain’s top 10 theater productions for the year. He calls it his life’s work.

Moderated by Barbara Lane, we are thrilled to have Marc and Ron on The Marsh stage to discuss this particularly timely story.

For more information about The Wave, click here.



Ron Jones:
Ron Jones (born 1941) is an American writer, teacher in Palo Alto, California, and San
Francisco, California
and storyteller. He is internationally known for the adaptation of the classroom experience he started, called The Third Wave. In 1981, The Third Wave was made into a TV film The Wave, including a famous novelization by Todd Strasser, and a theatrical film in 2008, for which he won the Emmy and Peabody Awards. His books The Acorn People and B-Ball have also been made into TV dramas. Jones lives in San Francisco, California where he performs regularly as a storyteller. His awards include a Pulitzer nomination for Kids Called Crazy, 1985 American Book Award for Say Ray,

foto_marc_montserratMarc Montserrat-Drukker:
Award-winning director, Marc Montserrat-Drukker most recently co-adapted and directed the world premiere stage version of Relato de un Náufrago (The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor) by Gabriel García Márquez, which he co-adapted with Ignacio García May. Starring Emilio Gutiérrez Caba and Àngel Llàcer, it became one of the theater’s most successful productions of 2016. Last summer, Marc created and directed the music and opera concert I Want to be a Diva for the 30th anniversary of the prestigious Festival Castell Peralada, starring composer and pianist Albert Guinovart  and Sara Blanch (winner of 8 “Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest 2016″ awards). Marc was Resident Director of Sister Act, The Musical, directed by Carline Brouwer; produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment & El Terrat. Other directing credits include: La Ola (The Wave), a new production of his acclaimed L’Onada(The Wave) at the Centro Dramático Nacional (Spain’s National Theatre in Madrid) for which he was nominated Finalist for the “Premios ADE 2015“ Awards for “Best Director” by Spain’s Stage Director’s Association. La Ola is a play he conceived, and which was co-created with Ignacio García May, who wrote the text. The production, which is based on a real-life experiment by Ron Jones, was selected by theater critics as one of Spain’s top 10. He also directed the full-scale production of Monty Python’sSpamalot at the Teatro Aldama in Mexico City, which became one of Mexico’s hit shows of the 2011-12 season. For more information about Marc go to:

Barbara Lane:
From 2005 through February 2017, Barbara Lane was the Director of Arts & Ideas at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco where she produced over 100 live public cultural events annually including literary conversations, music, comedy, theatre, children’s events and was the on-air host of public radio program BINAH. Before then she was the Commonwealth Club’s Director of Lectures and Literature for five years, a producer and on air host for KRON-TV and Executive Producer of KGO radio.

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Tickets: $20-$35 Open Seating | $55 & $100 Reserved Seating
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:30pm | San Francisco
90 minutes including post performance questions | No Intermission | Ages 15+

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