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!

Bridget Frederick, Rebecca Fisher

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


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December 18, 2012


  • Linda Wright, "100 Years Ago, Harriet Tubman Lived"
  • Gene Gore, "Cheesecake and Demerol"
  • Kurt Bodden , "Steve Seabrook: Better Than You"
  • Laura Wiley, “Driven Bananas”

MUSIC: Laura and Bernie Duo: flute, vocals and guitar

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

The Laura and Bernie Duo consists of Laura Wiley (flute, vocals) and Bernie Bagshaw (guitar). They do a combination of standards, modern jazz, original compositions and pop songs from days gone by.

Oakland native, Linda Wright is a UCB graduate who works at two elementary schools as a Second Step guidance teacher. A Wife and mother of 3 (two in college and one in high school). She leads assemblies on African American history and tells tales from around the world.

Gene Gore is an award-winning acting professional with experience in live theater, film, commercials, and voice-over work.  A resident of San Francisco since 1991, she studied with Ed Hooks, David Ford, Bobby Weinapple and currently is being directed by Wayne Harris.  Her autobiographical work “Cheesecake and Demerol” was featured at the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival where Gene performed to sellout audiences and earned a “Best of Fringe” award. 

Kurt Bodden has performed improv at the Edinburgh Fringe, hosted a talk show at a nightclub, and toured as a standup. Recently he completed a few years' study in physical performance at Flying Actor Studio. Tonight's performance is an excerpt of the full-length show that will open at the Marsh San Francisco on February 22. "Steve Seabrook: Better Than You" is directed by Mark Kenward. See

Laura Wiley will perform "Driven Bananas", an excerpt from her second solo show.  She  performed her first solo show ("Panic!") at the 2012 SF Fringe Festival. It was a comedy about the onset of panic attacks while attempting to teach Hamlet to a roomful of college students. Both "Panic!" and "Driven Bananas" are directed by Rebecca Fisher.  In addition to acting and writing, Laura also play the flute, sings, and paints. Her websites are: and

November 13, 2012


  • Sally Holzman, “Women's Work”
  • Jerry Gillies, “5 Unpeelings of the Jerry Onion”
  • Maria Grazia Affinito, "Eating Pasta off the Kitchen Floor" (excerpt)
  • Bruce Pachtman, "How Would I Know I Was in the Movie if No One Told Me?"

MUSIC: Rana Weber, Singer/Songwriter

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

Rana Weber is a Bay Area actor, singer/songwriter, director, coach and teaching artist. She is currently working to complete her first album, which will be released some time in mid-2013. Thanks for listening!

A week after retirement, Sally Holzman joined a storytelling class and has been practicing this great oral tradition ever since in schools, senior facilities on stage and radio. She is host of a monthly story telling swap at the Orinda library ( ask her about it), a member of Antic Witties Improv troop as well as a active participant in the Stagebridge program.

Jerry Gillies has been an NBC newsman in New York, a comedy writer for such legends as Phyllis Diller and Henny Youngman, a workshop leader and motivational speaker and bestselling author of self-help books (Moneylove; Transcendental Sex). He has lived in a motorhome, on a houseboat, in a sex commune, in a 4 by 8 cell at Folsom State Prison, and will soon make the transition from ex-convict to expat, living in Panama City, Panama and starting a new career as that nation's first English language stand-up comedian. A lot of layers of a fat onion to unpeel, but Jerry will attempt to take an uplifting, sometimes poignant, often hilarious shot at five of them.

Maria Grazia Affinito is a local equity actor. She has performed with various companies in the Bay Area and in several independent films. A sampling of her stage credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SF Shakespeare Festival), Ana in Displaced (Marin Theater Company), and Nancy in Gaslight (California Conservatory Theater). Eating Past off the kitchen Floor is being developed with David Ford at The Marsh. She will be performing a larger excerpt of this piece at Solo Sundays, Stage Werx Theatre, January 27, 2013.

Bruce Pachtman wrote and performed a solo show titled "don't make me look too psychotic" which was developed with Club Solo and directed by W. Kamau Bell. It ran for 300 performances. Bruce currently co-produces three monthly series at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco: Underground Sound (music), Previously Secret Information (storytelling) and Solo Sundays (solo performance). Tonight, Bruce will be telling a story.  

October 30, 2012
Stagebridge Partnership Performance


  • Susan Goldstein, My Trip to California
  • Karin Werner, The Tell Tale Heart
  • Abe Bernstein, The Discourager of Hesitancy
  • Cynthia Cudaback, Hard Shells
  • Ann Riley, The Story Spirits

MUSIC: Freddy and the Freeloaders
(Way Better then Your Average Jazz Band)

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

Freddy and the Freeloaders has been playing around the bay area for three years and the majority of the gigs we've played have been in Marin County, Richmond, and the City.

Susan Goldstein moved to Los Angeles to go to college. When she came to Berkeley, she felt she was at last where she belonged. She has found another home at Stagebridge.

Karin Werner began a lifelong love affair with stories when she received her first library card in Cody, Wyoming. Many library cards later, she reaches back into myth and memory to create her own personal style. She is active with Pilgrim Tellers who tell epics and has appeared as Featured Teller in local swaps as well as many school and community venues.

Abe Bernstein is a writer, teacher, actor, and geezer who tells stories from time to time. Some are old, but unfamiliar, folk tales and ghost stories. Some are made up on the spur of the moment. Some are drawn from his life; of those, a few represent wishful thinking, a few are true, and a few, he hopes, are true stories that simply haven't happened yet.

After operating research vessels, getting a PhD in oceanography and teaching college for seven years, Cynthia Cudaback decided to combine her passions for science, exploration, teaching and storytelling. Her stories combine the mystery and myth of the ocean with personal experiences and real science. From gentle tales of love and longing to tall tales salted with sea spray, prepare to experience the ocean in all its moods.

Ann Riley has been telling stories ever since she needed her first alibi. She tells for Stagebridge, in schools, at the Asian Art Museum, and is on theboard of the Storytelling Assoc. of CA

September 25, 2012


  • Lauren Crux, “My Lunch with Sophia Loren”
  • Kirk Waller, "Separate and Unequal”
  • Safiya Martinez, "So You Can Hear Me" (Excerpt) 
  • Rana Weber, “I'm Sorry, WHAT?

MUSIC: Vanessa Lowe, singer/songwriter/guitarist

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

Vanessa Lowe's performances feature distinctive rhythmic finger-picking and imagistic lyrics. KFOG DJ Rosalie Howarth says, "She knows how to tell a compelling story in under 3 minutes!"

After receiving her MFA a bit late-ish in life fifteen years ago, Lauren Crux, who was a writer and photographer, began her performance career. Before that she was a perfectly nice person. She was born in Canada but makes home Santa Cruz, CA. More Info:

Kirk Waller brings musicality, mime and emotion to his broad range or stories for young and old alike.  His performance venues range from local libraries to the National Storytelling Festival and events across the country. He is currently the Director of Storytelling as Stagebridge Senior Theater and Chair of the Storytelling Association of California.

Safiya Martinez is a playwright, performer, poet and educator. She is currently shopping her one-woman show entitled "So You Can Hear Me" based on her experience being a first-year teacher in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She has performed her self-produced works in New York City and the Bay area.

Rana Weber is a Bay Area actor, singer/songwriter, director, coach and teaching artist. Recent acting credits include Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Jon Tracy) and Evelyn in Alaska Leavin' (SF Fringe). This is Rana's first attempt at writing a solo show. Eek.

August 28, 2012


  • Jeanne Haynes, “A House Under Water”
  • Kari Kiernan, “Mud Slinging"
  • David Caggiano, "Jurassic Ark"
  • Evan Karp, “ Other People” (excerpt)           

MUSIC: Kaitlin McGaw and the Mr. Right Nows:
Bluesy, Soulful Singer-Songwriter, Vocals, Piano, Bass, Drums, Violin/Saxophone

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

Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Pop Rock, Children's music; stalwart fans of these genres would have trouble finding much crossover or similarities between them, but Oakland-based singer songwriter Kaitlin McGaw does them all. Receiving comparisons to Sara Bareilles, Carole King, and Liz Phair, McGaw has a gift for finding herself in prestigious company and collaborations. Her newest project, Kaitlin McGaw and the Mr. Right Nows is showcasing her vocal and piano abilities in a bluesy pop rock outfit all over the Bay Area.

With her TIOT December performance, Haynes celebrated her 15th anniversary of saying bye bye to her public relations consulting business to become a full time storytelling performer and teacher. Other venues include the Bay Area Storytelling Festival and in San Francisco: The Marsh, Brava!, City Solo and SF Theater Festival.  She has taught some 300 adults in ongoing Stagebridge classes and more than 3,000 students as a schools artist in residence.  

Kari Kiernan is a San Francisco writer and storyteller whose work has appeared in Skirt! Magazine and The Morning News, as well as onstage in various places including Porchlight, Previously Secret Information, and Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match. You'll find her sporadically maintained blog at:

David Caggiano toured with the Celebration Theatre, led by the late Tony Montanaro. As a playwright, his full length original play "Walk Like A Man" was produced at the Noh Space and his series of one acts: "The Arrival," "The Tinker," and "The Prophet" at the Soma Theatre. "Jurassic Ark" is David's first solo play.

Evan Karp is working on "Other People," a sprawling and sometimes stalling meditation on consciousness, creation, self, friendship, and society. One of his poems was just turned into an original composition by New York based quartet Rose & the Nightingale. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, organizes the nonprofit submission-based reading series/press Quiet Lightning, and edits, a daily calendar and video archive of Bay Area readings. 

Tell It On Tuesday AUDITION

Interested in performing with Tell it on Tuesday? Come to our annual auditions!

When: Sunday, August 26th, 10am-12pm (you must be available stay the entire time)
Where: (we will give you details after you sign up!)
Prepare: 10 minutes or less - either a short piece, or an excerpt from a longer piece.
Invite: A Friend - to increase the audience size and encourage a sense of support
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July 31, 2012


  • Gray, “Burst” (excerpt)
  • Harry Richard Hall, “The City”
  • Maryclare McCauley, “A Real Cowboy and Indian Story” (excerpt)
  • Ron Jones, “How I met God and some unusual angels”

MUSIC: Kikelomo Adedeji, Cabaret artist: standards, jazz, and show tunes, accompanied on piano by Benny Watson

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

Kikelomo Adedeji is an actress and singer and has appeared onstage in Los Angeles, London and throughout the Bay Area, acting in plays, original musicals, and her own cabaret show, In Love at Last. She would love for you to visit her at

Gray draws on her eclectic background of improv, theater, dance, gymnastics, linguistics, Zen Buddhism and Corporate America to rub a metaphorical nose in the juicy, blurry spaces between I, me, you, Who? Mu! Gray is on a mission to love Existence with such wild abandon that she inspires in others the courage and enthusiasm to do the same. You game?

Harry Richard Hall is a KCSM Jazz 91 DJ, Sunday Nights from 9 pm to 11pm for Jazz Session’s His Uncle Charles Sullivan was a primary architect of the R&B and Jazz music scene in the Bay Area from 1940 until his death in 1966. This story is about his unsolved murder and those who have hidden the truth about what happened to him. Through workshops at the Marsh Harry has weaved a story about what happened to his Uncle Charles.

Maryclare McCauley loves to hear and tell stories. She welcomes any comments you may have to help make this work-in-progress better. A feisty young girl from Baltimore thinks she can adapt to living on an isolated mountain top with a sexy, loner, cowboy. But can he adapt to her? Passion and secrets are the ingredients that glue these two together, but also what tears them apart. 

Ron Jones lives in San Francisco where he shares his life with poetry, grandchildren, and a peaceful garden. For info about the plays, feature film, and documentaries developed from his literary work see: Yes, there are photos of the grandkids... And a few surprises!!! Tonight he tells the true story of getting fired, hired by God, and coaching a Special Olympic basketball team.

June 26 - 7th Anniversary!


  • Brian Fields, "My Indian Girlfriend"
  • Deirdre Kennedy, "Don't Eat the Red Locusts"
  • Bárbara Selfridge, "Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures" (excerpt #3)
  • Inbal Kashtan, "Let's Fly" (excerpt) 

MUSIC: Michele Walther, violin and looper.
Jazz, World Music, and some originals (jazz/ minimal music)

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

Michele Walther loves to play and perform a variety of music styles: jazz, world music, avantgarde, classical, tango, Balkan, Klezmer, and more. Michele graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Basel, Switzerland, and then from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Brian Fields earned a Ph.D. in computer science because it looked like a good way to get material for one-man shows. He's dabbled in stand up comedy, performing at venues throughout the Bay Area. He was a finalist in the Battle of the Bay Comedy Competition and is co-producer and host of Trainwreck Cabaret. 

Deirdre Kennedy is a veteran broadcast journalist whose news stories and features have aired on public radio shows in the U.S. and Europe.  But she’s always been a storyteller and performer.  She trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance; studied drama at U.C. Berkeley, A.C.T. and appeared in small indie theater in Los Angeles. Deirdre developed “Don’t Eat the Red Locusts” in San Francsico’s Solo Performance Workshop under teacher Martha Rynberg. She sounds American, but actually emigrated from London, England decades ago with her Irish parents and now resides in San Francisco.

Bárbara Selfridge wants you to decide, each of you on your own, which you think is scarier: epilepsy or prime numbers.  Also sex.  Also people who can't be trusted with the care of others vs those whose care you, yourself, don't care to be entrusted with (thank you very much!).  Bárbara's sister Margaret sings back-up with the Magic Makers, a special needs rock band; Barbara works with Theatre Unlimited, a troupe of actors, dancers and playwrights, most of them with developmental disabilities.

B.C. (Before Cancer), Inbal Kashtan taught, wrote, and inspired people about creating a world where everyone matters and people have the skills for making peace. Now she heals, loves, tells stories, and tries to live her dreams for as long as she can. Her family is an ongoing dream come true.

May 29, 2012


  • Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, “Sit There and Be Quiet”
  • Muriel Johnson, “Adventure At Petencito Zoo”
  • Newt Bailey, “Roadside”
  • Mark Kenward, “NANTUCKET, PART 3” (excerpt)

MUSIC: Joshua Raoul Brody, pre-show ivory-tinkling

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

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a San Francisco-based stand-up comedienne, storyteller, television host, business consultant, and ubergeek. Before starting in the business of “show,” she taught “Charm School” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she graduated (twice). She’s traveled to Cuba as a researcher, worked as a venture capitalist, and taught public speaking in Kathmandu, Nepal. She was the host of the emmy-winning “High School Quiz Show,” on PBS’s WGBH.

Muriel Johnson was born and raised in Maryland where her mother, an actress, avid reader and English teacher, exposed her to a wide range of literature. This instilled in Muriel a love of language and an awareness of the power of stories. As a parent and veteran pre school teacher, Muriel began telling folk tales to her own children and students. Now she enjoys sharing personal and traditional tales with all ages. 

Newt Bailey is an Englishman who has lived in the Bay Area since 1997. He currently works as a communication trainer (, and makes occasional forays into the world of solo performance. For ten years in the 80s and 90s he spent a lot of time standing by the side of the road in Europe and the USA.

Mark Kenward is a writer, performer, and director based in Oakland. He has written seven full-length one-man shows and performed them in over thirty-five cities throughout the US and Canada, including several main stage runs at The Marsh in San Francisco.  “Kenward is a warm, wonderful storyteller who establishes an instant rapport with his audience.” (SF Examiner) Recent directing projects include full-length pieces by Angela Neff, Howard Petrick, David Jacobson, David Kleinberg, David Caggiano, and Victoria Doggett.

Joshua Raoul Brody: When asked to describe himself in one word, Mr. Brody replies "Unable to follow instructions."

April 24, 2012


  • Jeff Byers, "Escalator"
  • Ady Abbot, "What Ever Happened to Sara Jane?"
  • Elaine Magree, "Pilgrimage or Why I'm not an Indian"
  • Malcolm Grissom, "Can't Ain't Nothing But A Four-letter Word"

MUSIC: Freddy and the Freeloaders
(Way Better then Your Average Jazz Band)

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

Jeff Byers tells stories and teaches storytelling at the Asian Art Museum and in classrooms from first grade to UC Berkeley. He has appeared in various performance venues, including the San Francisco Theater Festival, The Magic Theatre, the Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Ashby Stage, and (very happily) Tell It On Tuesday. He is a board member of the Storytelling Association of California.

Ady Abbot has been performing in some capacity for most of her life.  She began writing this piece in February of 2011 while taking a class on solo performance with David Ford at the San Francisco Marsh.  She has performed excerpts at Monday Night Marsh, and last month at the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival.  This September, she is thrilled to be presenting an hour of "What Ever Happened to Sara Jane?" at the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Elaine Magree, a Californian native: sometimes a wave, sometimes a photon- because you can’t be in two places at once, or can you? Pilgrimage was developed with David Ford and is being directed by Rebecca Fisher.

Malcolm Grissom is a Bay Area Comedian who has perfomed theater and comedy for 20 years.  Please visit

Freddy and the Freeloaders has been playing around the bay area for three years and the majority of the gigs we've played have been in Marin County, Richmond, and the City.

March 27, 2012


  • Jeremy Greco, “With Held”
  • Neshama Franklin, “Packrat Meets Packrat”
  • David Kleinberg, "The Little Shop of Horrors" from "The Voice"
  • Annette Roman, "Hitler's L'il Abomination" excerpt

MUSIC: Boundless Gratitude, guitar and vocals

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

Jeremy Julian Greco wrote Elvis in Space I and Elvis in Space II, which both premiered at The San Francisco Fringe Festival. He has performed excerpts of With Held at Ever Gold Gallery in San Francisco (featuring John Held Jr’s mail art), Words First at CounterPulse, Monday Night at Marsh in SF and at The Marin Fringe Festival, where Greco won a Critics’ Circle Best Actor Award.

Neshama Franklin loves stories (almost) more than life itself and thanks the creator for giving her so much material. She started telling 20+ years ago in the library where she still works and is equally at home in personal tales, folk tales, and epics. In her not so spare time she dances, hikes, hangs out with her beloved teenage grandchildren, and has a biweekly radio show on KWMR where she reviews books, tells stories, and reads classics aloud.

David Kleinberg was a writer and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years, including his last 14 years as editor of the Sunday Datebook. David is also a comedian who has appeared with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Richard Lewis.

Annette Roman has performed her solo show "Hitler's Li'l Abomination" at the Boulder, San Francisco, and Fresno Fringe Festivals. In July and August of 2012, she will be performing at the Winnipeg and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. In high school, Annette played the role of the Narrator in Franz Kafka's play Josephine the Mouse Singer while wearing mouse ears and a tail. This might explain a lot.

Whether Boundless Gratitude and his guitar are crooning a mellow ballad, rocking an up-tempo foot-tapper, or laying down a spiritual or political folk song, they still just sing the truths of life in healing, empowering and entertaining ways that listeners describe as “warm” and “calming.” For Boundless music is religion, vocation, and therapy, because of its heavenly harmonies, earthy rhythms and divinely earthy metaphors.

February 28, 2012


  • Tim Ereneta,   "Of Miracles, and Treachery"
  • Michael O'Brien, "TED"
  • Genevieve Jessee, "Girl in, but not of, the 'Hood"
  • Patricia Savitsky, "The Secret of the Rose Star Revealed"

MUSIC: Laura Wiley Trio: Laura Wiley on flute/vocals, John Dennis on guitar and Bruce Barrett on bass.

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

With years of training in playwriting and theatrical improvisation, storyteller Tim Ereneta of Berkeley was as surprised as anyone to discover that his greatest inspiration came from sharing forgotten fairy tales with adult audiences, which he has done at museums, Fringe Festivals, and stages like this one.

Michael O'Brien is a San Fransisco-based writer, performer, and improviser, original original member of The National Theatre of the Deranged, and co-creator of “Tips on Travel with Karl & Carl” heard frequently on NPR.

Genevieve Jessee received a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from Dillard University of New Orleans, and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Boston University. Her work has been presented at the Source Festival, Boston Playwright's Theater, and The Bay Area Playwright's Festival. She is a company member of PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator. Most recently, her one-woman show Girl in, but not of, the ‘Hood, which she penned and performed, garnered Best of 2011 San Francisco Fringe Festival, and “Sold Out” awards.

Patricia Savitsky has been working for the last four years with David Ford and has worked with Ann Randolf and Joya Cory as well, to tell her personal story; her coming of age story, about growing up in Hollywood in a show-business family.

Laura Wiley Trio performs instrumentals and vocals out of the Great American Songbook. We are usually joined by a drummer, and play the third Friday of every month at Cioccolata di Vino on Shattuck Avenue.

January 24, 2012


  • Nina G, "Learning To Stutter"
  • Kenny Yun, “The Dream” excerpt
  • Michael Meehan, "Hey Monster, Hands off my City"
  • Joya Cory, “The Dalai Lama Doesn’t Need a Facelift”

MUSIC: Harry Richard Hall (guitar and vocals) Blends Blues, Jazz and R&B with Audience Participation

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

Harry Richard Hall is a guitarist, singer, and emerging playwright/actor from the Bay Area. He blends a variety of Blues, Jazz, and R & B with an emphasis on audience participation. For 7 years he hosted Evening Jazz on KCSM Jazz 91.1 FM. He now serves as a fill DJ when called upon.

Nina G is the world’s only female stuttering stand up comedian (or at least until she finds another). She is also a storyteller and educator who has presented to countless audiences. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity and equity.

Kenny Yun is developing his second full-length solo show The Dream in collaboration with Charlie Varon.

Michael Meehan is a SF comedian who has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. A semi Finalist with his two brothers, as the Meehan Brothers on Last Comic Standing, Michael Meehan brings a good surreal zany brand of humor to whatever location he may be spotted at.

Joya Cory, improviser, actor, director, teacher, has been performing since 1971. She founded the Improvisation troupes, Motion: The Womens’ Performance Collective & Lucky Dog Theatre. Her work has been recognized with grants from the California Arts Council, in addition to other grants and awards, most recently winning Best of SF Fringe 2010 for her solo work. She teaches Full Spectrum Improvisation and Solo Performance.

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