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 sharoneberhardt@yahoo.com


I Should Have Listened

Written & Performed by Carrie Kartman
Directed by Mark Kenward
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
In the Berkeley TheaterStage
50 minutes | No intermission | Ages 10+
Tickets: $15

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Show Description

Does the word “family,” send a shiver up your spine?  Then this frightening, true tale of one family listening and not listening, at all the wrong times, is for you. It began with a simple Sunday afternoon hike in the redwoods. What could go wrong with a hike? Plenty, when the family comes along. Within hours, a daughter who’s a mother, her partner, and her brother, suddenly find themselves fighting for the lives of their twin boys and one dangerously deluded grandmother.

Artist Biography

Carrie has been acting since the age of ten, when she appeared in a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She studied acting with Jean Shelton, and has degrees in Drama and Playwriting, from San Francisco State University. She has performed on Bay Area stages, and one memorable summer, she was lucky enough to be directed by Edward Albee, in a CSU Summer Arts production of his play, Finding the Sun. Her plays have been seen here at The Marsh, the Next Voices series, Playground, the Women’s Work series, DivaFest, and the S.F. Fringe Festival. She has also published articles, essays and short fiction. In her spare time she is an educator, and enjoys hanging out with kids, and yes, hiking.


The Designated Daughter

Written & Performed by Victoria Podesta
Directed by Mark Kenward
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | Ages 15+
Tickets: $15

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  • November 7, 2018 7:30 PMThe Designated Daughter 11-07-18 (SF)
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Show Description

Every family has one: the dutiful child who stays behind shouldering familial responsibilities. Victoria wasn’t that daughter. But when 73-pound Marie, her elderly mother, moves in with her–wreaking comic chaos, forcing painful confrontation with a buried past, and prompting the search for the perfect pillow–she has one last chance to build a bond of truth and love.

Artist Biography

Victoria Podesta first performed at The Marsh almost 30 years ago with the solo work “Far to Go.” Had she known that title would be prophetic, she might have chosen another. Now, she is returning to the theater with The Designated Daughter and other tales of the mother/daughter bond/bind. The Designated Daughter premiered in Three Cat Productions 2017 SOLO Chicago Festival.


Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison

Performed by Charlie Hinton & Fred Johnson
Directed by Mark Kenward
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 14+
Tickets: $15

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  • November 28, 2018 7:30 PMSolitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison 11-28-18 (SF)
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Show Description

In Solitary Man, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named
Otis Washington (played by Fred), a 64 year old native of New York City, who’s been imprisoned since 1975 and at Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. To quote Otis, “There are people who say they have no regrets in life, and if they had to do it all over again, they wouldn’t change a thing. Well, I’m just the opposite. Over the decades I’ve worked hard to better myself and recover from my raggedy past, but at times I feel this huge void. I’ve never had a visit from my family. I only have a sister and we’re not close. Charlie, your correspondence has greatly helped me stay afloat.” During their visit, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.

Artist Biographies

Fred Johnson is a formerly incarcerated person that has gone on to address the human rights issues of drug users and formerly incarcerated persons, as well as the wider community, guided by harm reduction principles. He has worked in a variety of settings, including policy analysis and syringe access programs throughout the US. He plays trumpet, mostly in the New York City area, and has recorded a CD, History Speaking (A Tribute to my Mentors).

Charlie Hinton grew up in Joplin, MO and spent 3 years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. He attended the founding meeting of Bay Area Gay Liberation in 1975, and through BAGL, began his prison work. He worked for 19 years at Inkworks Press, a collectively owned and managed printing company in Berkeley, CA that closed its doors in 2015, leaving
him “retired”. Besides writing and visiting prisoners, Charlie works with Haiti Action Committee, the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Committee to End Sleep Deprivation, and the Committee to Free DeWayne Ewing, an Innocent Man. Solitary Man is Charlie’s second theatrical endeavor, after his solo show Life Wish. He is the author of Life Wish: Essays, Letters, Songs, Solo Performance, Haiku written over time.


Rabbi Sydney Mintz: You May Think I’m Funny But It’s Not

Written & Performed by Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $15

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  • December 12, 2018 7:30 PMRabbi Sydney Mintz: You May Think I'm Funny But It's Not 12-12-18 (SF)
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Show Description

Rabbi Sydney Mintz wonders why so many Jews, non-Jews and wannabe Jews are
completely mystified about who the Jews are, where we come from, where we’re
going and how to get there. This lesbian Rabbi’s enthralling, differently gendered,
seriously funny one-woman show will touch you in your kishkes, even if you don’t
know what they are. After 25 years as a rabbi at one of the largest congregations
in the U.S, Sydney Mintz steps off the pulpit (for one night only!) to share the
uncensored, hilarious and deeply moving stories that have transformed her vision
of the world. Punctuated with stranger-than-fiction visuals and stirring live music,
“You May Think I’m Funny…” takes the audience on a wild, hilarious and fast-
paced ride through the lens of a rabbi who is both devoted to her calling and
constantly questioning what it all means.

Artist Biography

Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained as a Rabbi in 1997 by the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She has served as Rabbi at
Congregation Emanu-El for 21 years. Sydney is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice and led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  In 2016, Rabbi Mintz became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program.