Tell it on Tuesday celebrates the expression of individual storytelling and solo performance. Coming together as a community to share works crafted by theater artists and storytellers, we provide an East Bay home to the solo performer.

The last Tuesday of almost every month!



Tickets $8 - $15 at the door only.

Bridget Frederick, Rebecca Fisher

Advisory Committee:  David Ford, Jeff Raz, Charlie Varon, Bruce Pachtman, Kirk Waller

Note: These stories contain adult material – not recommended for children.

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The Marsh Berkeley (formerly Gaia Arts Center)
2120 Allston Way (just off Shattuck), Berkeley

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Musical opening at 7pm / Stories start at 7:30

March 31st, 2015


  • Mark Kenward, “NANTUCKET"
  • Bárbara Selfridge, "One Hundred Percent Stymied" (an excerpt)
  • Jeff Raz & Shira Kammen, "Dame Ragnelle"

MUSIC: Shira Kammen, Medieval fiddles and medieval harp, playing music of the 12th-15th centuries and beyond

A B O U T   T H E   P E R F O R M E R S

Shira Kammen has spent most of her life exploring the worlds of early, traditional, and countless other styles of music. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Folger and Newberry Consorts, The King’s Noyse, Piffaro, Tapestry, Anonymous IV, the California Revels, the California, SF and Oregon Shakespeare Companies, the Balkan group Kitka, and is the founder of Class V Music, dedicated to performing on river rafting trips. She is particularly interested in collaborations with dancers, circus artists, poets, visual artists, naturalists, actors, storytellers - anything outside of a standard concert venue!

Mark Kenward is the creator of seven full-length solo shows. He has performed his work in over 35 cities throughout the US and Canada, including a reception for The House of Representatives in Washington, DC, and several runs at The Marsh. Tonight he performs an excerpt from Nantucket (directed by TIOT's very own Rebecca Fisher), a memoir about his years growing up on the fabled island. He is looking forward to his upcoming North American tour of Nantucket with stops in Berkeley, Clayton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Edmonton.  markkenward.com

Bárbara Selfridge did have that whole writer life, complete with an NEA grant, a published story collection: Serious Kissing, and odd jobs like personal assistant to Grace Paley and Alice Walker. I have a sister with brain damage who sings back-up with a rock band, and she inspired me to work with Theatre Unlimited, a troupe of mostly developmentally-disabled actors and playwrights, and then I worked with David Ford at the Marsh to write a solo performance about how she and I coped with our parents' decline: "Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures."  I took that show to a bunch of Fringe Festivals, and now I expect to do the same with the full-length version of "Stalking Grace."

For the last 40 years, Jeff Raz has performed nationally and internationally with circuses and theaters including Cirque du Soleil, The Pickle Family Circus, California Revels and Lincoln Center Theater.  He has written 15 plays and directed many more. He is the founder of The Clown Conservatory with students currently performing in circuses and theaters around the world. Jeff continues to work in theaters and circuses and is the Artistic Director of the Medical Clown Project in San Francisco.         

April 28th, 2015


  • Karen S. Ripley, “Oh No There’s Men On The Land”
  • Daniel Ari, “ask me whether what i have done is my life”
  • Cassie Cushing, “Scylla - Youth Undone”
  • Erica Lann-Clark, “Still Shopping for God” excerpt

MUSIC: Sound of Sirens: Americana, Country Blues, Folk, Ragtime

A B O U T   T H E   P E R F O R M E R S

Sound of Sirens, like the mythical sea maidens of old, are mesmerizing audiences with scintillating vocal harmonies and intricate instrumental arrangements. From traditional music and original compositions to modern hits, their performances include music by such diverse composers as Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Gillian Welch, Jelly Roll Morton, Vandaveer, and more. As a finely-woven ancient fishing net, the Sound Of Sirens music will capture and hold you riveted from start to finish.

Karen Ripley has been performing for over 35 years as a comic and improviser. She came on to the gay comedy scene in 1977 in San Francisco. From the cover of the East Bay Express (Berkeley, Ca) with Whoopi Goldberg to Ms. Magazines top 100 Lesbian Comic. 

Daniel Ari’s forthcoming book, One Way to Ask (Zoetic Press), combines poems in an original form with art by more than 65 artists including Roz Chast, R. Crumb, Henrik Drescher and Wayne White. Daniel leads creative writing sessions at his home in Richmond and performs improvisational storytelling and movement with Wing It. Look for him at The Moth GrandSlam in San Francisco this coming September. 

Cassie Cushing tells myths and folktales for modern adult and young adult audiences.  She finds the personal in the traditional and creates unique retellings for the contemporary audience, entering the world of "Once upon a time" to go beyond happily ever after.  She is opening a storytelling coffee shop - Kaleidoscope Coffee - in the quaint, artistic neighborhood of Pt. Richmond.

Erica Lann-Clark was born Jewish on the eve of the Nazi invasion of Austria. She and her family ran from country to country to Brooklyn, where her parents told her vivid tales of vanished worlds. Their kitchen table tales inspired a passion for the power of story. This play asks: Can we reconcile with people we’ve hated for years -- or even with those we’ve loved forever, like our families?  And can we finally change God’s pronoun from He to She? That's what her pissed off, aging, feminist show is about and its why she’s taking it on tour while she’s still strong enough to go on the road.

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Bridget Frederick and Rebecca Fisher

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