The Marsh is Pleased to Announce That, Due to Phenomenal Ticket Sales, Charlie Varon’s Rabbi Sam Has Been Extended Again Through December 12, 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."

San Francisco, CA, October 01, 2009 --( The Marsh is pleased to announce that, due to phenomenal ticket sales, Charlie Varon’s RABBI SAM has been extended again through December 12, 2009. Three additional Saturday shows have been added on November 28, December 5 and December 12. These shows will help raise money to produce the audio recording of RABBI SAM, a double-CD created from a live performance recording.

Developed with and directed by David Ford, RABBI SAM now plays Saturdays at 8:00pm through December 12 and Sundays at 7pm through November 22 (except Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm.) 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

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.

For Calendar Editors

Showtimes: Saturdays at 8:00 pm through December 12
Sundays at 7 pm through November 22 (except Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm)

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

Tickets: Saturday: $25-35; Sunday: $20-35 (sliding scale); Reserved Seats: $50

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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Diana Rathbone