All Remaining Shows of Rabbi Sam Are Sold Out Through June 7. After a Break, the Show Will Return to the Marsh for a Limited Engagement Starting October 17, 2009.

Developed with and directed by David Ford, Rabbi Sam will play Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 7pm. All shows are on The Marsh Main Stage, 1062 Valencia Street in San Francisco. For tickets, the public may call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or visit

San Francisco, CA, May 30, 2009 --( “One of San Francisco's more mercurial geniuses of solo performance, Varon so skillfully blends hilarity with serious food for thought in his newest show, "Rabbi Sam," that it's easy to overlook his dazzling virtuosity.” Rob Hurwitt. SF Chronicle

“Have we hired the brilliant spiritual revolutionary of our time – or is he a nut job?” – Leon Goldblatt, one of a dozen characters played by Charlie Varon in "Rabbi Sam."

The Marsh is pleased to announce that, due to phenomenal ticket sales and popular demand (the show is already sold out through June 7), Charlie Varon’s Rabbi Sam will return to The Marsh from October 17 – November 22, 2009. Varon is taking a short summer break to direct Dan Hoyle’s new show RIGHT?, scheduled to open next season.

Rabbi Sam tells the story of Sam Isaac, a rabbi who wants to reinvent American Judaism, and the havoc that erupts in the congregation that hires him. Some congregants love the new rabbi. Some can’t stand him. And, of course, some can’t stand each other. Rabbi Sam’s spiritual ambitions slip on the banana peels of ego, turf and personality. The music was composed by noted New York jazz pianist Bruce Barth. The play was developed at The Marsh, with additional support from Theater J in Washington, DC, and A Traveling Jewish Theater. It was funded by an Individual Artist Commission from the SF Arts Commission and grants from the Fleishhacker Foundation, Gaia Fund, National Foundation for Jewish Culture and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

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When: October 17 – November 22, 2009

Showtimes: Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sunday at 7 pm

Where: The Marsh San Francisco, 1062 Valencia Street @ 22nd Street in San Francisco

Tickets: Saturday: $25 and up; Sunday: $20 and up;
For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit

For more information call 415-826-5750 or visit The Marsh website at

For photos visit the Marsh Media Page (top right hand corner) at

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