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

Sex, Math, and Seizures

Written & Performed by Bárbara Selfridge
Directed by David Ford
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:30pm | BERKELEY
Live Pre-show music by Tony Salazar and the New Hope Band at 7pm

60 minutes | 30 minute pre-show music | No intermission
Tickets: $15

To purchase tickets online, please click on a date below:

  • May 22, 2018 7:30 PMSex Math and Seizures 05-22-18 (Berkeley)
AEC v1.0.4

“…funny, sad, thoughtful stuff that cuts to the chase  of the human condition.” — The Calgary Herald

Show Description

A comedy about putting family members in mental institutions and old age homes! HaHa! As the bumper sticker says, “Be Kind to Your Children: They’ll Choose Your Nursing Home.” Featuring mathematicians, sex-addicts, and epileptics–i.e. Selfridge’s immediate family.

7pm – Live Pre-show music Tony Salazar and the New Hope Band

Artist Biography

Bárbara Selfridge is a writer & performer from Oakland, CA. This is her first full-length solo performance. Author of “Serious Kissing” a book of short stories, Selfridge has received many fellowships, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. She works with TheaterUnlimited, a troupe that features actors and playwrights with developmental disabilities: Stagebridge, which features seniors; and The Marsh, a breeding ground for New York.

Trolls in Yoga Pants

Written & Performed by Lisa Rothman
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
85 minutes | 1 intermission | Ages 15+
Tickets: $15

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  • June 6, 2018 7:30 PMTrolls in Yoga Pants 06-06-18 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

“A natural born storyteller.” The Bay Area Reporter

Show Description

After her kids dodge bullets at the local park, Lisa brings them to a Winter Solstice Carnival in the ritzy town where she grew up. But now she’s dodging a sanctimonious parent-volunteer, a fire-breathing dragon, and–the most formidable opponent of all–her father…nagging her to move.

Artist Biography

In addition to performing, Lisa helps people make better presentations. Her previous adventures include being the executive producer of the KPFA Morning Show when Andrea Lewis and Philip Maldari were the co-hosts and ballroom dancing in China.

Thick & Thin

Written & Performed by Kelly Rafferty
Directed by Martha Rynberg
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $15

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  • June 13, 2018 7:30 PMThick and Thin 06-13-18 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

Kelly has recently starved and over-exercised her way to success. Ph.D.? Check. Dream job? Check? Brilliant, attractive partner? Check. But the jig is up. Kelly is suddenly very sick and trying her husband’s patience. Things have to chance, but how, exactly, do you stop having an eating disorder? Apparently Kelly’s recovery has little to do with food and everything to do with facing fatphobia, infidelity, and the ghost of Tony Robbins.

Artist Biography

Kelly Rafferty​ is a writer, performer, and educator. Wielding an odd sense
of humor and finely-tuned analytical skills, she makes the familiar strange and invites
audiences to see the world differently. Recent projects include The Van Life, a comedic
webseries released in 2017 and It’s a Disaster: Live, a site-specific adaptation of Todd
Berger’s film It’s a Disaster, which premiered in 2016 at L.A.’s Golden Road Brewery. The
Wendy House, a play co-written with Heather Warren-Crow, was published in Women’s
Studies Quarterly. Kelly’s work has also been produced by Collaboraction Theater
(Chicago), San Francisco Mime Troupe, Torch Theatre (Phoenix), Solo Sundays at Stage
Werx, Berkeley Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona State
University, and University of California, Berkeley. She has received artists’ residencies at
the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Mary Baldwin University, and the University of San Diego
and grants from the Berkeley Stem Cell Center, the Center for the Study of Sexual
Cultures, Arizona State University, and UC Berkeley. Kelly has a Ph.D. in Performance
Studies from UC Berkeley where she won the Eisner Prize for Outstanding Creative
Achievement and the Mask and Dagger Prize for her playwriting and directing. She’s a
member of the Dramatists Guild.

I Love Men

Written & Performed by Lynn Ruth Miller
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No intermission | Ages 12+
Tickets: $15

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  • September 5, 2018 7:30 PMI Love Men 09-05-18 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

Does the perfect man exist and at the age of 84, does Lynn Ruth Miller need to find him? This show examines the men she has loved and what she had learned from each of them about the connection we all yearn for as human beings and the differences between love, infatuation, and lust.

Funny and touching stories and songs from one of London and Edinburgh’s best loved performers. This show was performed to dour and five stars reviews in Edinburgh, Brighton, and London and now at The Marsh in San Francisco. Her act is autobiographical but with an infectious universality about it. The feminism in the piece is genuine, the lived plight of a woman who has dared to say no to society’s expectation Female arts 2015.

Artist Description

LYNN RUTH MILLER started doing comedy on stage when she was 70 years old. She was dubbed the new Joan Rivers of Fringe Comedy at The Edinburgh International Fringe.  Now 84, she made top 4 comedians in America’s Got Talent, 2008, won People’s Choice in 2009,Branson Comedy Festival, the finals in Bill Word’s Funniest Female Contest 2009 and semi-finals in the SF International Comedy Competition and Star of the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2009. She has been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2005. She was a regular at the SF Punchline and The Stand in Scotland and made the top 100 in the UK in Britain’s Got Talent. She won the TO&ST AWARD 2014 in Edinburgh for best Cabaret Edinburgh Fringe, 2015 Liberty Award, Leicester Comedy Festival; 2015 finalist Old Comedian of 2015; London.