The Marsh, a Breeding Ground for New Performance, is Pleased to Announce a Marsh Rising Workshop of Eliot Fintushel’s "Baudelaire: Love & Lust"

Fintushel performs poems from Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil” in French and English (including the banned poem "Les Bijoux") on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 7.30 pm

San Francisco, CA, October 01, 2009 --( The Marsh, a breeding ground for new performance, is pleased to announce a Marsh Rising workshop of Eliot Fintushel’s “Baudelaire: Love & Lust.” Crystal balls levitate, scarves turn to snakes, and a golden octahedral box produces smoking censers and a holy grail as Fintushel performs poems from Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil” in French and English (including the banned poem "Les Bijoux.") The show also includes Fintushel playing the songs of Debussy live on the Etherwave Theremin, an instrument which, by interacting with an electromagnetic field, requires no physical contact.

The show plays on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 7.30 pm on The Marsh Main Stage, 1062 Valencia Street. For tickets, the public may call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or visit

The Baudelaire translations used in the play are by Fintushel who says he loves Baudelaire “because of his delicious contradictions. He is profoundly religious—his images are mainly drawn from Catholic ritual—and at the same time he is the bawdiest sensualist. His ecstasies come from the flesh and from the sky. Pure magic. The audience will be simultaneously illumined and debauched."

Eliot Fintushel is a veteran actor and physical performer with a background in mask theater, pantomime and improvisation. He won the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Performer award twice, then served for two decades as a program analyst for the NEA's Theater Panel. He is a member of The Imaginists' Project 104 in Santa Rosa, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of extraordinary new works and of old works in an extraordinary new light. His many short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including "Year's Best Science Fiction" (Nos. 12 & 18) from St. Martin's Press. His latest novel, "Breakfast with the Ones You Love," is available from Random House. In 2005 he performed “Apocalypse: The Book of Revelations” at The Marsh, a dramatic recitation of the Bible’s Book Of Revelations, to fascinated audiences.

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What: Eliot Fintushel’s “Baudelaire: Love & Lust.”

When: Wednesday, October, 28, 2009 At 7:30 Pm

Where: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street (Between 21st And 22nd Streets)

Tickets: $10 - 15 Sliding Scale. For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit

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