Mother’s Milk – A Blues and Gospel Play in Three Acts


Written and Performed by Wayne Harris
Live music by Randy Craig & John McArdle
Music composed and arranged by Randy Craig & John McArdle
Directed by David Ford
Sound/Lightboard Operator: Lili Zakki

Show Description


Mother’s Milk  “A Blues and Gospel Play in 3 Acts”, Original songs, traditional blues and gospel classics come together to underscore an intricate and uplifting narrative on life, death and the Baptist Church (not to mention the best recipe ever for Banana Pudding).

The return engagement of Wayne Harris’ award-winning, music-infused, spiritual and uplifting winner of the 2015 San Francisco International Fringe Festival “Best of Fringe” is not to be missed!

Artist Biography

Wayne Harris is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. Harris has written and starred in five full-length solo plays, including Train Stories, The May Day Parade, and Tyrone “Shortleg” Johnson and Some White Boys, for which he received the 2012 “Best of Fringe” award at the SF Fringe Festival. He is head of the Marsh Youth Theater Program, and has worked with the Marsh since 1996, where he was first exposed to storytelling through theater. He is also committed to music education, directing and designing performances for schools and pageantry groups. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Harris’ work has often centered on his childhood.

Randy Craig is as an actor, composer and musician who has worked with numerous Bay Area organizations including the famed Pickle Family Circus, which he co-founded. Craig has won a Bay Area Theater Critic’s Circle award for Best Score and scored an Academy Award-nominated documentary. He performs in jazz, funk and rock groups around the Bay Area.

Press for Mother’s Milk

“A moving, thoughtful tale…Gorgeously sung…Pure bliss.” — Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate
“Music, memory meld magically in ‘Mother’s Milk.’ Whether he’s channeling various characters or just singing as himself, he mesmerizes.”” — SF Examiner
“A remarkably graceful piece of theater” — Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside
“Harris is a masterful storyteller”  — Robert M Gardner, Theatrius

Special Events

May 17 Post-show performance by Doug McKechnie—stay after the show and let Doug dazzle you with his piano stylings!

May 24 Post-show performance by The Blues Daddies. The Blues Daddies have been rocking Bay Area audiences since 1995 with their blend of R&B, jazz, rock ‘n roll, and blues. For listening, for dancing, for partying, they’re a favorite. The band features Joe Pratt on keyboards and sax, Joel Kreisberg on bass, Art Swislocki on guitar, and Alex Shapiro-Romano on drums, along with special guest vocalists. The Marsh is a favorite venue, and the Daddies look forward to sharing the evening with Wayne Harris.

May 31 Post-show performance by The Intones—The band is back together! Stay after the show for what’s sure to be a good time as some Marsh favorites reunite.