Performer Interviews, Q & A, and performance excerpts
with Marsh and MarshStream founder Stephanie Weisman
Thursday, August 20 at 7:30pm PDT
in conversation with Founder/Artistic Director Stephanie Weisman
W. Kamau Bell and Jacob Kornbluth recently released their new animated series called “Talk Boring to Me“. The series examines the most relevant social issues facing the US in easy-to-understand videos that capture Bell’s trademark humor undercut with teachable moments.
“Talk Boring to Me” is a Jacob Kornbluth Production, visualized by Idle Hands Studios, written by Jacob Kornbluth and W. Kamau Bell, presented by W. Kamau Bell, produced by W. Kamau Bell, Kelly Rafferty, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, and Elena Chavez Quesada, with music by Strikecast Audio. Funded by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund and the Chavez Family Foundation, the series was developed as a tool to educate viewers about the myriad issues impacting the US right now.
Each of the 4-5 minute videos in the “Talk Boring to Me” series tackles a specific social issue and offers a call-to-action for viewers to get involved with that organization’s efforts to affect change.
The Census explains the importance of counting Americans and the impact it has on, well, everything. Fair Count was founded by Stacey Abrams to ensure that hard-to-count populations are tallied during the 2020 U.S. Census, which will shape how taxpayer dollars are spent and trigger the redrawing of the state’s political maps.
Food is bountiful in the US but the rise of agribusiness has hit the farming community hard and has given rise to massive food insecurity nationwide. Feeding America is on a mission to help millions of people facing hunger and to reduce food waste.
Public Education exposes the economic reasons for educational inequity and what can be done to fix a broken system. DonorsChoose empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students.
Gig Economy tracks the con of the gig economy and the myth of the side hustle as getting ahead. Get the real scoop about worker’s rights from Gig Workers Rising and National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Asylum reminds us of the (forgotten) principles of America as a place of refuge for those fleeing oppression and persecution. The ACLU’s whole job is to defend and preserve human rights and thankfully they are active and on it right now.
Homelessness is oftentimes attributed to mental illness or drug addiction, but it’s deeper than that and all comes down to math. Western Regional Advocacy Project exposes and eliminates the root causes of civil and human rights abuses of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in our communities and Nationalhomeless.org is building a movement to end homelessness.
Jacob Kornbluth’s feature films, Inequality for All (with Robert Reich), Haiku Tunnel (with Josh Kornbluth), and The Best Thief in the World (with Mary-Louise Parker) all premiered at Sundance. New films, Saving Capitalism, and Love & Taxes will be released in 2017. Jacob directed and produced episodes of Years of Living Dangerously, a TV series which one him an Emmy Award. Jacob is a co-founder, with Robert Reich, of Inequality Media, a non-profit that uses video to explain complex economic issues in a way that everyone can understand. He has directed over 100 short form pieces for clients that range from corporate to non-profit. Jacob started his career as a writer and director in the theater where he collaborated on and directed three successful solo shows in San Francisco. The Moisture Seekers, Pumping Copy and the Face by the Door were all nominated for or won ‘Best Of The Bay’ awards and successfully toured the country, and a later version of The Moisture Seekers, called Red Diaper Baby, has been included in anthologies of the best one man shows of the 90’s. Jacob Kornbluth is an award winning writer and director. He won an Emmy for his work on Years of Living Dangerously, a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival for his feature Inequality for All, and various audience, acting, and directing awards at film festivals across America and Europe. His theater work has been nominated or won ‘Best of the Bay’ awards. Jacob was finalist for the NHK new filmmakers award, a fellow at the Sundance Screenwriting Labs twice, and the Sundance Directing lab once.
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.
Upcoming Stephanie’s MarshStream Episodes
August 27th – Sylvie Simmons