Marsh Rising

One-Night-Only performances of rising talent at The Marsh. 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

Who Killed Sylvia Plath?

Written by Lynne Kaufman
Performed by Lorri Holt
Directed by Jayne Wenger
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:30pm
70 minutes | No intermission | Ages 17+
*advance registration STRONGLY recommended

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Show Description

Poet Sylvia Plath returns to her burial place in West Yorkshire, England to view the third replacement of her tombstone. The previous ones have been defaced by feminists who chiseled off her married name, claiming it was Ted Hughes who caused Sylvia’s death. Did he?  Was her suicide at 30 a good career move? Would she do it again? And what’s it got to do with us today?

Artist Biographies

Lorri Holt
Lorri has been a leading actress in the SF Bay Area for over three decades.  She has performed with Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre, Cutting Ball, A.C.T., The Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, San Jose Rep, TheatreWorks, Civic Arts Rep, and many commercial productions in SF, Regional & International credits include work at La Jolla Playhouse, Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Birmingham Rep in England & London’s Barbican Theatre.  For ten years, Ms. Holt was a company member of the groundbreaking Eureka Theater, where she appeared in many productions, and originated the role of Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner’s Angels In America.

Most recently, Lorri co-wrote (with Zack Rogow) and starred in her first solo show, Colette Uncensored, which premiered at The Marsh in San Francisco, was extended there and then in Berkeley, and in May of 2018 premiered in London at the Canal Café Theatre.  Colette Uncensored received stellar reviews and was nominated for a TBA Best Solo Production. Lorri was also nominated for Best Solo Performance at the 2017 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards.

Lynne Kaufman
She is the author of  twenty full length plays, three novels and dozens of short stories. In 2018  she had four world premieres, “William Blake in Hollywood” was produced by the Neil Simon Festival Theatre. “Two Minds” and “Acid Test” were produced at The Marsh Theatre and “Sex Scandal” by Unscripted Theatre.

Her play “Daisy in the Dreamtime” was presented by The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles  as a recipient of a Hot Properties Grant from the L.A. Arts Council and The A.S.K. Foundation    It had its New York City premiere at The Abingdon Theatre and its university premiere at S.F. State University as the recipient of the  Rella Lossy Playwright’s Award. “Daisy in the Dreamtime” was published in Women Playwrights: Best New Plays and by Dramatic Publishing. She was  the recipient of The Otis Guernsey Outstanding New Voice in American Theatre Award from The William Inge Theatre Festival.

Jayne Wenger is a director and dramaturg dedicated to the development of new works for the theater. Current projects include Loving Janis, a new musical by Kyra Gordon and a collaboration on Deke Weaver’s The Unreliable Bestiary . Recent projects include Blues Is A Woman, a musical collaboration with Pamela Rose; and Colette Uncensored, by Lorri Holt and Zack Rogow;. She is an alumna of Djerassi Resident Artist Program; a Guest Artist for The Last Frontier Theatre Conference; a member of the Dramatists Guild, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the League of Professional Theater Women.

Hippie Kid

Written & Performed by Zappo Diddio
Directed by Zappo Diddio
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 17+
Tickets: $15

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  • January 30, 2019 7:30 PMHippie Kid 01-30-18 (SF)
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Show Description

Zappo’s solo performance covers a spectrum of his extraordinary life experiences. From growing up as a kid in a hippie commune, to his work with children in schools, hospitals, and orphanages, he peels into the the rich fruits of joy and pain. The show ebbs and flows through joys and hilarity of his unique childhood, the unanswered questions relating to abandonment by his father and the profound grief he continues to navigate since his mother’s passing many years ago. Zappo goes into comical antics of growing up around rock & roll festivals and his collection of short stories and quotes from the many kids he’s worked with. Through hysterical comedy, story telling and original songs, Zappo reflects on his path to healing through loving kindness and service toward young people in crisis. Forgiveness and reconciliation are a reoccuring theme as he makes efforts to reconnect with his dad and leaning into his paternal Jewish ancestry. Exploring how life’s challenges call us into the healing of mind, body, emotion and spirit, Zappo stumbles through the gauntlet of recovering health and his once joyful life after 12 years of ongoing negotiation with Lymes disease. Like life itself, this performance leads to deep meaning as it moves along a roller coaster of hilarious, heart opening story telling.

Artist Biography

I have devoted the last twenty five years to doing what I can to spread love and joy into as many hearts and minds as I can reach. Most of this effort has been through tremendous time and energy spent in countless programs offering guidance, enrichment, and emotional healing to children of all backgrounds imaginable.

Harsh Sadness

Written & Performed by Marsh Madness 2018 Winners:
Edna Mira Raia, James Sundquist, & Dan Foley
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 18+
Tickets: $15

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  • February 13, 2019 7:30 PMHarsh Sadness 02-13-19 (SF)
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Show Description

What’s behind door number one? It’s HARSH SADNESS, America’s favorite game show of death! Grab your tissues, join our live studio audience, and watch as three sincere contestant tell their saddest stories, knock on death’s door, and win your votes. One beloved masochist will spin the wheel of misfortune to end their pain, all in front of YOU. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll execute someone.

The Jap Box

Written & Performed by David Hirata
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 13+
Tickets: $15

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  • February 20, 2019 7:30 PMThe Jap Box 02-20-19 (SF)
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Show Description

In 1866, magician Namigoro Sumidagawa became the first Japanese citizen in over 200 years to receive a passport to leave the country. As part of the “Imperial Japanese Troupe,” he dazzled audiences across Victorian America with his exotic stage magic and became a media celebrity. By the time he returned home, his prize trick had been appropriated by American magicians in yellowface and  rechristened as “The Jap Box.” A century later, Japanese American magician David Hirata excavates the mysteries and stories of “The Jap Box.” Through monologue and magic, The Jap Box unveils illusions and surprises from the Japanese American story.

Artist Biography

David Hirata is a Bay Area magician and solo performer. He is the creator and performer of Kanji By Starlight & Magical Holiday, which both ran at The Marsh. The Jap Box premiered at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2018, where it won the award for “Outstanding World Premiere Production.”