Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.

Wednesday
May 12, 2021 at 7:30pm PT

The Paris Effect
Laura Jane Bailey

A young woman falls in love with Paris, France and begins an obsessive affair with the city. Years later, she brings her husband to Paris to show him The City of Lights.  But things take a terrible turn and Paris becomes jealous and obsessive…and the couple barely makes it out of the city alive!

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ABOUT THE PERFORMER

Laura Jane Bailey is a Bay Area actress, originally from Chicago.  Bay Area productions include:  THE ROOMMATE at Capitol Stage, LUNA GALE and MUD, BLUE, SKY at Aurora Theatre, CRIME OF THE HEART at Theatreworks, MAN OF LA MANCHA at SFPLayhouse. EQUUS at Boxcar Theatre and FICTION, LES LAISIONS DANGEREUSES, BAD DATES & SMELL OF THE KILL at Dragon Productions Theatre.  Laura Jane performed the full version of THE PARIS EFFECT at the inaugural Marsh International Solo Fest. 

About the Program and Hosts

SOLO ARTS HEAL, a weekly MarshStream Public Broadcast Platform program, presents empowering performances about healing and resilience. Through hosted interviews, talkbacks and audience Q&A, the Solo Arts Heal program provides transformative experiences, education, community outreach and advocacy through stories that celebrate the healing power of the arts.

Photo by: Craig Lee

Stephanie Weisman founded and has been the Artistic/Executive Director of The Marsh since its inception in 1989. Under her leadership, The Marsh has grown from a one-night-a-week performance series to producing 600-700 shows annually on its four stages. In addition to its developing work performance series, The Marsh’s programs include: artist-in-residencies, after-school and summer workshops for youth both onsite and in 5 SFUSD, and performance development classes, workshops and Performance Initiatives. In 1996 Stephanie spearheaded the drive to successfully buy their 12,000 sq ft facility on Valencia Street in San Francisco. This increased The Marsh’s programs four-fold as well as provided for a stable Bay Area arts organization. In 2010, The Marsh added a second venue in Berkeley. In 2020, Stephanie initiated MarshStream. She is currently at work developing her opera, Aphrodisia, with dancer, Wei Wang

Gail Schickele champions arts & sciences as a writer, speaker, consultant, and producer. In January 2020 she convened an artist collective to assist solo artists whose unique stories of physical and mental challenges manifest the healing power of The Arts. COVID inspired Stephanie Weisman to create SOLO ARTS HEAL on The MarshStream to share these outstanding stories of resilience, dramatic and comedic, for the entertainment and benefit of communities everywhere. Gail’s work in marketing, management, and production has served various theaters, festivals and events nationwide. Trained as a journalist in New York and Colorado, she has covered Colorado state politics and the environmental landscape of the Rockies. Environmental educational and advocacy work in California includes the League of Women Voters and The Climate Reality Project. Gail is honored to curate and host SOLO ARTS HEAL where artists powerful stories offer audiences great performance and ‘informance’ on issues related to health and the environment, inexorably linked.

Kristin Scheel, has worked in production and development at The Marsh since 2018. She is a freelance writer and member of Open Windows art cooperative in the Bayview. She has a background in social work with the State of Oregon and program management experience as a small business owner and preschool director in San Francisco. She has an MFA from Mills College, and serves on the boards of Guerrilla Cartography and PATHSTAR.

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