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


Vox in a Box

Written & Performed by & Candace Yvonne
Directed by Candace Y. Johnson
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 12+
Tickets: $15

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  • May 1, 2019 7:30 PMVox in a Box 05-01-19 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

VOX in a BOX, is an autobiographical monologue about an African
American singer’s struggle to find her voice. From opera to jazz, gospel and
spoken word, Candace Y. Johnson candidly reflects on the 20+ years it took to free her voice. Accompanied by pianist Ben Flint, Johnson engages the audience with improvised moments throughout and an opportunity for playback theater at the end. Exploring themes of cultural identity, belonging, authenticity and self-expression, this work is sure to inspire.

Artist Biography

Lyric coloratura, Candace Johnson, is a dynamic singing artist on the
voice faculty of UC Berkeley’s music department. Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, and jazz, Johnson has performed lead roles in Howard’s End, America, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Medium, Suor Angelica, Fame, and others. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Manhattan Center, and is praised for her excellent vocal interpretation, fiery dramatic presence, and her ability to create spontaneous musical scenes. In unique fashion, Johnson melds her African American music heritage with her operatic training. After earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Johnson was awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley to expand her research on the life and vocal works of African American composers. Her training has been under renowned artists such as the late Shirley Verrett, George Shirley, Willis Patterson, and Olly Wilson.


The California Missions & Race Tour

Written & Performed by Fred Pitts
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:30pm
65 minutes | No intermission | Ages 12+
Tickets: $15

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  • May 8, 2019 7:30 PMThe California Missions and Race Tour 05-08-19 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

Summer 2012. Fred is standing in the middle of a California Mission church
with a docent and 3 other visitors. One visitor is an expert on the Catholic
Church. One is an expert of Native American history. The third is an expert
on…everything else. They stare at Fred. Is his fly open? Hair mussed? They
have one thing in common. They are all experts on which famous black person Fred resembles.

Artist Biography

FRED PITTS is a San Francisco-based actor. He is a company member of
African-American Shakespeare and Custom Made Theatres and has performed with many companies throughout the Bay Area. This is his first attempt at a writing and performing a solo piece. He was an Emergency Medicine doctor for 18 years. He’s now in recovery from that job….


Overlooked Latinas

Written & Performed by Tina D’Elia
Directed by Mary Guzmán
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | Ages 12+
Tickets: $15

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  • June 5, 2019 7:30 PMOverlooked Latinas 06-05-19 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Show Description

Overlooked Latinas–the new queer telenovela farce of our century!

It’s January 21, 2021–fortunately the election turns out much better this time! Butch dyke Angel Torres, thinks she’s having one of the best days of her life. She’s gaining buy-in from an NBC producer to sign onto her show sher’s directing with her buddy Carla Garcia. The TV show would highlight legendary Latinx movie stars during the McCarthy era. Enter the femme fatale creating chaos with Angel’s wife and Angel’s life.

Artist Biography

Tina D’Elia is a Bay Area award winning solo performer, actor, casting director, and co-screenwriter. Tina’s west coast premiere of Overlooked Latinas at the Brava Theater received a successful audience response of multiple standing ovations and sold-out houses. Tina’s solo show: The Rita Hayworth of this Generation, also directed by Mary Guzmán, won Best of Fringe (2015) and won Best of Sold Out Shows at the San Francisco Fringe Festival (2015). Tina is the recipient of the Best Actress Award from the Equality International Film Festival (Emeryville, CA, 2017) and received the Diversity Casting Award (2017) and the Trail Blazer Award and Executive Producer Award from the Equality International Film Festival (Sacramento, 2015). Tina and director Maria Breaux won the Frameline33 Film Festival Audience Award for her co-screenwriting in the short film Lucha, (2009).