Marsh Rising

One-Night-Only performances of rising talent at The Marsh San Francisco. Marsh Rising presents works in progress that may be ready for an extended run. For information about putting on a Marsh Rising show, e-mail Sharon Eberhardt at sharon@themarsh.org

I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco

Co-Written & Performed by Geoffrey Pond
Directed by Robert Ernst
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 12-90
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

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  • December 6, 2017 7:30 PMI'm Always Drunk in San Francisco 12-06-17 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

A loving tribute to the culture and history of the greatest city in the world by some of the greatest writers of all time. San Francisco history comes to life in a fun and lively show.  

I’m Always Drunk In San Francisco featuring material originally written to be read only, from such great historic journals as Colliers Magazine and The New Yorker to mention a couple and transforming them into a series of animated theatrical monologues. Jack Kerouac’s account of the famous Six Gallery poetry reading in 1955 where Allen Ginsberg first read his poem Howl, the Beat scene was born. Jack London’s terrifying eyewitness account of the ’06 earthquake and fire. H.L. Mencken’s humorous little known story of the Bourbon fueled 1920 Democratic National Convention at the then newly built San Francisco (Bill Graham) Civic Auditorium.  Mark Twain’s impressions of 1860’s San Francisco including his first public humor lecture at Maguire’s Academy of Music on Pine Street. Plus the poetic and historic writings from the author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, editor of San Francisco Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Gary Kamiya. Created and performed by Subterranean Shakespeare’s artistic director Geoffrey Pond, actor, musician and over fifty year resident of the Bay Area.  He offers his own take on San Francisco’s amazing cultural history that has influenced the whole world. Directed by Robert Ernst, actor, writer, director and  solo performer. He has performed and directed at every major theater in the Bay Area.

Artist Biography

He has been an observer and participant in some of the great eras of Bay Area history and culture over the past 45 years. He spent his youth attending many of the late sixties Bay Area historic events from be-ins and peace marches to witnessing some of the greatest writers and performers of the time including Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, and The Rolling Stones from The Fillmore Auditorium and Winterland to Altamont. Later he was a co-producer in the SF and LA Punk scenes working with such bands as The Dead Kennedys, Public Image Ltd,  X, Black Flag, and The Go-Go’s to mention a few. In the late eighties he went  back to his first loves, acting and playing music. Performing with The Shotgun Players in the early 90’s where he met Stanley Spenger who started Subterranean Shakespeare in Berkeley. He has been artistic director since 2001. As an actor he has played Caliban, Claudius, and Falstaff among his favorite Shakespeare roles along with the part of Shelly Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross. He has produced over 40 shows since the mid ninties. He directed a revival of John O’Keefe’s renowned anti play Mimzabim! that ran for twelve weeks in both Berkeley and San Francisco in 1999.  He has also sat behind the drum kit and sung with bands – The Sunz of Alien Techknowlogy,  The Serfs (with director Robert Ernst)  and Sub Shake’s house band The Rude Mechanicals, producing two critically acclaimed cds SHAKESPEARE’S GREATEST HITS and FOLKSPEARE. He is thrilled to be working with director Robert Ernst, the grandfather of Bay Area solo performance. 


The Clyde Always Show!

Performed by Clyde Always–The Bard of the Lower Haight
Directed by Clyde Always
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 13+
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

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  • January 24, 2018 7:30 PMThe Clyde Always Show 01-24-18 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

Bored? How about a dose of Clyde Always: raucous.. uplifting.. a sensitive-fun loving-powerhouse of zaniness! —this clever narrator guides you through an action-packed, hipsteriferous hour of shiver-giving tall-tales, foot-stomping songs, and hilarious monologues-in-verse covering everything under the urban overhang (and then some).  Side-effects may include: blown minds, somersaulting imaginations and lingering happiness.

Artist Biography

Clyde Always (the Bard of the Lower Haight), being the All-American tall-talesman and dime-a-rhyme vaudevillian that he is, has successfully provided audiences, both at home and abroad, with the refreshing splash of laughter and the snug comfort of joy; to inspire happiness is his primary objective here on planet Earth. His works have recently been accepted to exclusive publications: Poetalk, The Broke Bohemian, 17 Very Funny Very Short Stories and others. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Haylee the Ukulele.


Bravo 25: A.I. Therapist Will See You Now

Written & Performed by Eliza Gibson
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

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  • January 31, 2018 7:30 PMBravo 25: Your A.I. Therapist Will See You Now 01-31-18 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

“Gibson’s characters are well articulated and her stage presence is stellar.” –Donald Munro, Fresno Bee

Show Description

Amber the A.I. therapist is here. Broken hearts, addicts in recovery, a polyamorous lesbian awaits the arrival of Superintelligence, a grieving savant who likes donuts… Wait. Someone needs a piece of somebody’s liver? Maybe it’s time to return to our breath.

In BRAVO 25, winner of the ENCORE! Producers’ Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival June 2017, Eliza Gibson draws on her real-life experience as a social worker and therapist to bring to life an A.I. avatar and six humans in a support group unlike any you’ve ever seen!

Artist Biography

Eliza Gibson is a writer and solo performer based in San Francisco. Trained as a classical pianist and drummer, she wrote her first show – Dialogues with Madwomen – in 1995 after returning to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia, where she had been a humanitarian aid worker. And Now, No Flip Flops?!, also directed by David Ford, was performed at various Bay Area venues as well as in festivals in Fresno, NYC, and Providence, Rhode Island (2014 – 2016). A clinical social worker, Eliza currently works at a health technology company which may or may not have provided inspiration for BRAVO 25. (For more info, visit elizagibsonperforms.com)


Keeping Up With The Jorgensons

Written & Performed by Jeremy Julian Greco
Directed by Mark Kenward
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

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  • February 28, 2018 7:30 PMKeeping Up With The Jorgensons 02-28-18 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

The year is 1982. Reagan is President, E.T. is released, and Jeremy takes a road trip with his week-end father to Orange County. Forced to repeatedly tickle his father’s feet, sleep in his grandmother’s bed, and go to an unknown relative’s wedding, he’ll do and say anything that will secure a visit to the most magical place on Earth: Disneyland.

Artist Biography

Jeremy Julian Greco (playwright, performer): Jeremy Julian Greco, a San Francisco based actor, director, and writer. Greco’s first solo show, With Held, directed by Mark Kenward, was based on six months of interviews with San Francisco artist and writer John Held Jr. Greco performed With Held throughout the Bay Area, including The San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Marin Fringe Festival, where Greco won a Critics’ Circle Best Actor Award for his portrayal of the artist. In 2013, the Huffington Post wrote, “With Held is a quietly transformative work, insightful, compelling, humorous, and ripe with the stage should always possess – pathos.”

Greco has performed excerpts of his newest solo work, Keeping Up with the Jorgensons, at The Yes to Everything Festival and the 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival to sold out crowds where it won Best of the San Francisco Fringe. George Heymont of the Huffington Post said, “Keeping Up With The Jorgensons proved to be a delightful hour of mirth mixed with adolescent angst brought on by a cast of characters that could make All in the Family, Roseanne, and Married…with Children seem a bit too Disneyfied.”