The Story of a Nice White Lady – Rising

The Story of a Nice White Lady

A Marsh Rising Presentation

Written and Performed by Houston Robertson
Director by Mark Kenward
Developed with Don Reed and Mark Kenward
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 7:30 pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets $15 at the door (cash only)
$17 online or CC at the door
Reserved $55 | $100
SF Main Stage

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Show Description

Clueless racism gets shredded by the 83-year-old force of nature Houston Robertson in this hilarious and confessional scolding of nice white ladies everywhere. From churches to jazz clubs, from women’s marches to the White House, Houston bursts the bubble of good intentions and reminds us that nice is a four-letter word. The show radiates with honesty and wit. Houston is a gutsy storyteller and brings to her solo work her experience as a writer, motivational speaker, and award willing clown. The show was developed with Don Reed and Mark Kenward. It is directed by Mark Kenward.


Houston Robertson, 83, is a retired Human Resources professional and brings to her solo work her experience as a writer, motivational speaker, and award-winning clown.  She has been called a “gutsy storyteller” and “an insanely expressive and inspiring spirit”—qualities that inhabit her memoir Paper Chain Confessions which is available through Houston has wanted to be on stage ever since 1954, her senior year in high school when she appeared in her senior class play. But good girls didn’t go into theater in 1954. According to Houston: One of the freedoms of aging is to recover abandoned dreams.

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