Marsh Talk


With Joan Jeanrenaud and David Ford

February 21 | San Francisco Mainstage
Sunday at 2pm


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 19, 2016) – The Marsh San Francisco is thrilled to present world-renowned cellist Joan Jeanrenaud and “the dean of solo performance” (S. F. Chronicle) himself, David Ford, in conversation as the fourth event of The Marsh Talks Series.


David Ford says: “For our new project, Second Time Around, Charlie Varon and I wanted to add a strong musical element to the telling of the story, and we invited Joan Jeanrenaud to join us. Charlie and I are used to creating theatre that seems to originate at times from Charlie and at times from me, but more often from the space between us. It feels very mysterious and magical the way this separate entity seems to be doing most of the work. Perhaps it’s not surprising, after 25 years of developing our own process, our own shorthand, our trust. So adding Joan, whom we barely knew, to our process was in no way guaranteed to be successful. But to our surprise and delight, that ‘separate entity’ seemed equally happy to make a home in the midst of all three of us. This led me to start thinking about how I learned to collaborate, and what are my habits that help bring it into existence. But even more so, I became curious about Joan. How, coming as she does from the very different background of contemporary classical music, she seemed to have learned to do this trick herself. So I thought, what if we gather some other interested artists together and I’ll ask her.”

Artist Biographies

Joan Jeanrenaud is a cellist, composer, arranger, and improviser. She was the cellist of the Kronos Quartet for 20 years. Her work with Kronos included more than 30 recordings and over 2000 performances that took her to virtually every major concert hall worldwide. During those years the group became, in the words of The New York Times critic John Rockwell, “the world’s best known, most innovative contemporary-music quartet.” Jeanrenaud plays a Deconet, ca. 1750. A copy of that cello was carved out of ice and played with “bows” made of saws, barbed wire and sandpaper in her four-hour performance piece Ice Cello, an adaptation of Charlotte Moorman‘s Ice Music for London. Her solo CDs include Strange Toys (“haunting and compelling” – The New York Times) and Metamorphosis. She has also recorded with dozens of other artists, and performed on many film scores.

David Ford (director) has been collaborating on new and unusual theatre for three decades and has been associated with The Marsh for most of that time. The San Francisco press has variously called him the solo performer maven, the monologue maestro, the dean of solo performance, and the solo performer’s best friend and a week rarely goes by when residents of the Bay Area can not enjoy one of his productions. Collaborators include Geoff Hoyle, Echo Brown, Brian Copeland, Charlie Varon, Marilyn Pittman, Rebecca Fisher, Wayne Harris, and Marga Gomez. As a director, Mr. Ford has directed both solo and ensemble work 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) as well as at theatres around the Bay Area including Magic Theatre and Marin Theatre Company. He is also a published playwright.

Show Info

Tickets: $20-$35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
Sunday, February 21 at 2pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 12 and up | Please do not bring infants

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