The Marsh Presents a 20th Anniversary Performance Marathon from Noon to Midnight on Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Marsh is celebrating is twentieth anniversary year with a Performance Marathon, featuring past and present Marsh artists performing extracts of their past, present and future work as well as telling stories about their experiences at the theater, good, bad and totally unexpected.

San Francisco, CA, June 09, 2010 --( “I started The Marsh because I wanted a place for my writing to be performed; the next thing I knew I was running a theater.” Stephanie Weisman, founder and artistic director.

“I’m not all that interested in telling artists what’s good, and what’s not. What I love to see is this spark of energy in a performer and I want to say here…here are tools. Let’s make something. We just don’t know what might happen and that’s fine.” Stephanie Weisman

“The Marsh reduces the distance between people who want to create, to try something new, and their actually being able to do it.” Charlie Varon.

“The city’s prime purveyor of edgy and experimental solo theater.” San Francisco Arts Monthly.

The Marsh is celebrating is twentieth anniversary year! Instead of lots of parties and commemorations, the theater’s founding artistic and executive director, Stephanie Weisman, decided to devote her energies to realizing a long-held dream by opening The Marsh Berkeley, a large 120 seat theater plus a small, intimate cabaret. But she couldn’t let the year pass without any acknowledgement of this momentous milestone, so, just in the nick of time, before the theater formally comes of age at 21, The Marsh is presenting a 20th Anniversary Performance Marathon from noon to midnight on Saturday, June 19, 2010, including a late night party and day-long conviviality in The Marsh Café. It will take place at The Marsh San Francisco, 1062 Valencia Street. For tickets, the public can visit or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

The Marathon will feature past and present Marsh artists performing extracts of their past, present and future work as well as telling stories about their experiences at the theater, good, bad and totally unexpected. Spearheading the marathoners are Weisman’s long-time collaborators Charlie Varon and David Ford, without doubt two of the most gifted directors (and, in the case of Varon, practitioners) of solo performance in the Bay Area. Both of them have been associated with The Marsh since its inception. The sheer variety and continuity of talent testify to The Marsh’s phenomenal and ongoing success as a breeding ground for new performance.

Here is a sampling of the artists who will be performing.

- Josh Kornbluth, who sometimes says he doubts he would have had a career at all if it weren’t for The Marsh and whose “Haiku Tunnel” was the first full length Marsh production and its first feature film;

- Will Glickman-award winners Charlie Varon (“Rush Limbaugh" in 1994,) Brian Freeman (“Civil Sex” in 1999) and Dan Hoyle (“Tings Dey Happen” in 2008);

- Merle “Ian Shoales” Kessler and Joshua “Raoul” Brody who helped link The Marsh to the amazing work of Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater and whose “Broke” was a runaway hit in 2003;

- Current performers Ann Randolph and Don Reed whose critically acclaimed, long-running and sold-out shows continue in the best of The Marsh tradition. Both will be performing extracts of new works whose existence would be doubtful were it not for Weisman’s encouragement;

- Circus artists Jeff Razz and Joan Mankin. Razz helped write and direct Liebe Wetzel and Lunatique Fantastique’s “Snake in the Basement” and “The Wrapping Paper Caper.’ His solo show “Birth Mark,” a humorous account of the journey he and his wife made to adoptive parenthood, ran at The Marsh in 1999. Mankin, beloved veteran of the SF Mime Troupe and Pickle Family Circus, graced The Marsh stage in “Uncharted Waves” with Mark Kennedy in 1994.

- Jeff Greenwald, who has been spinning yarns and his famous wheel of fortune at The Marsh for almost a decade;

- Francesca Fanti, who starred in “Orgasmo Adulto Escapes From the Zoo,” a one-woman show written by Dario Fo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. The show played for three months to sold-out houses and won the Bay Area Critics Award for Best Solo Performance;

- Seminal performance artists Fred Curchack and Bob Ernst. Curchack’s “Gaugin’s Shadow” had a successful run at The Marsh in 2004. Ernst has been referred to as the “grandfather” of original solo work in the Bay Area as co-founder of the legendary Blake Street Hawkeyes.

For Calendar Editors
When: June 19, 2010
Showtimes: 12 Noon To 12 Midnight
The Marsh San Francisco (Mainstage & Studio Theater)
1062 Valencia Street Between 21st & 22nd Streets
Tickets: Day Pass (12 Noon – 5:00 pm): $60
Evening Pass (6:00 pm – 11:00 pm): $60
All Day Pass with Reserved Seats: $100.
All Passes Include an Invitation to the Closing Party from 11:00 pm to Midnight
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The Marsh
Diana Rathbone