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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November 27, 2018


  • David Kleinberg, He Wants to Run
  • Karen Ripley, Memoirs of Resistance
  • Jenn Biehn and Joan Lohman, 25 Years, 2 Dykes, 3 Weddings, and an Annulment
  • Wayne Harris, Richard James, A Holiday Story  

MUSIC: Andrew Potter, finger style guitar

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

Andrew Potter is a finger style guitarist on 6 and 12 string guitars. He plays an eclectic mix of old jazz tunes, instrumentals, originals and covers.

David Kleinberg was an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years, the last 14 as editor of the Sunday Datebook. He spent 10 years doing standup comedy (appearing with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Richard Lewis), and has been doing solo theater for 10 years. He had two runs at the Marsh Theater with "Hey, Hey, LBJ!" (about his year as an army combat correspondent in Vietnam) and "Return to the Scene of the Crime" (going back to Vietnam 50 years later to visit where his buddies died and try to perform 'LBJ' under threat of arrest from the communist government). He is also a native of San Francisco, and has lived in the city all his life.

Karen Ripley has traveled all over the USA and the Caribbean. Featured in Logo's Wisecracks episode 2. Ripley wrote and performed her one-woman show at the Marsh in Berkeley called Oh No There’s Men on the Land. Theater Eddy called it one of the top five for 2015.

Jenn Biehn and Joan Lohman developed and performed this side-by-side story for the EPIC storytelling program at Stagebridge this past spring. Jenn is a retired administrator/instructor at City College of SF and continues to teach a women’s leadership class each year. Joan is long time massage therapist and Rosen Method practitioner, specializing in body work for elders. Both are actively engaged at East Bay Meditation Center in downtown Oakland and Neighbors for Racial Justice in the Dimond.   

Wayne Harris is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. A gifted artist with wide-ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes five full-length plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects.He’s currently the Director of the Marsh Youth Theater and a Resident Teaching Artist for StageBridge.

October 30, 2018


  • Jeff Byers, Bajan Budiman, Sharpshooter
  • Melissa Hobbs, The Wife of Bath Tells the Truth
  • Melinda Ginne, Sam Meets Pearl, Montreal 1916
  • Dana Sherry, The City of Women (a Kazakh legend)
  • Gerry Keenan, Counting by Sevens

MUSIC: Kate Brubeck (vocals), and Geoff Van Linden (guitar)

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

Kate Brubeck, no relation to Dave, is an editor, coach, and writing consultant with a stealth singing practice, with a range including classical music, traditional Irish music, show tunes, jazz standards, folk, Americana, country, and the odd original. Geoff Van Lienden has been playing the guitar professionally since the 60's. More recently he has been playing jazz as well as celtic/fusion music with Colm O'Riain. He has studied with teachers as diverse as rock guitarist Joe Satriani and jazz guitarist Brian Pardoe.

Jeff Byers has appeared several times at Tell It on Tuesday over the years (Thank you Rebecca and Bridget!). He has also told at numerous other venues, but most often at the Asian Art Museum, where he is a storyteller and storytelling coach.

Melissa Hobbs is a graduate of the EPIC storytelling program at Stagebridge in Oakland, CA. She tells stories to children in spiritual virtues training, and tells uplifting stories in the Bay Area and Northern California. Her favorites are biographies of women of excellence. She also tells tales of her own life Ohio and Bodega.

Dr. Melinda Ginne grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, the granddaughter of four Russian emigres. All of whom had escaped the pogroms in Russia 105 years ago. This story is about her father’s family who emigrated to Montreal Quebec.

Dana Sherry was once a respectable historian of Russia until she turned to a life of storytelling. Today, she is the resident storyteller at the Silk Road House in Berkeley and produces “The Caravan of Stories,” a monthly storytelling series featuring the traditional tales of Central Asia.

According to her family, Gerry Keenan’s been 'telling stories' since she could talk. It's only since taking her first storytelling class at Stagebridge that she realized what an art form a well-told story is. This is Gerry's first theater performance. Her other life? Retired non-profit exec. Now? Photographer/writer/budding storyteller and proud mother of three adult children.

September 25, 2018


  • Julia Jackson, "Man Enough to be a Girl".
  • Paul Sussman, "The Wrong Kind of Pessimism"
  • Neshama Franklin, “Anne Rosenbaum, Manager Extraordinaire”
  • Eva Schlesinger, “The Mother Daughter Roller Coaster Adventure Ride”

MUSIC: Joshua Raoul Brody, With Or Without Friends: a sublime set of standards, substandards, originals and aboriginals

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

Julia Jackson is a comedienne and solo artist. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and comedy clubs nationwide.  Her one-woman show “Children Are Forever: All Sales Are Final” won the Best Non-Fiction Show Award at the 2016 United Solo Festival in New York City.  

Paul Sussman developed his approach to melodrama and farce through years of work in financial management with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. He has written and performed a series of solo pieces through the eyes of road-ragers, insects, Anabaptists, cannibals, and others who persist in the search for meaning midst the puzzling evidence. 

Neshama Franklin tells every chance she can get, from around the campfire to Moth grand slams. This is her 10th TIOT performance. Check out more of her stories on Youtube, her radio show on KWMR, and her book review blog from the Marin County Library where she works.

Eva Schlesinger’s writing has appeared in over sixty publications, including the Chicken Soup For The Soul anthology, Thanks To My Mom. She has featured at BATS Improv, Weekday Wanderlust, and Lip Service West. Eva is a two-time Moth StorySLAM winner, and has been a Grand SLAM contender on The Moth Stage, where she made the audience of 1,400 laugh nonstop.

August 28, 2018


  • Lisa Rothman, Trolls in Yoga Pants
  • Joshua A. Hattam, The Fireman Song
  • Jared Karol, There's More to Life Than El Cajon
  • Enid Hunkeler, Gone with the Windbag
  • Kenny Yun, Get Over It!

MUSIC: Laura Wiley (vocals and flute), Geoff van Lienden (guitar) and Bruce Barrett (bass)

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

Laura Wiley sings and plays flute in various Bay Area groups, such as Resonance Jazz Ensemble and the Laura Wiley Electrical Quartet, which will be performing at the Geoff Van Lienden has played guitar professionally since the 60's. Early years included R & B cover bands, rock and roll groups and folk music with friends. More recently he plays jazz with various vocalists and instrumental groups, and celtic/fusion music with Colm O'Riain.

Lisa Rothman’s show "Date Night at Pet Emergency" was extended three times at the Marsh in Berkeley and SF. In addition to raising children, Lisa’s other adventures include producing KPFA’s Morning Show when Andrea Lewis and Philip Maldari were the co-hosts, hosting a nationally distributed radio show at a food truck park, and ballroom dancing in China. She currently helps everyone, from construction workers to scientists, make better presentations and figure out next steps with important projects and their careers.

Joshua A. Hattam dropped out of school in the seventh grade to pursue a life of crime. He learned to write while serving over a decade behind bars. His writing has been featured in “Out of the Gutter” and “Bareknuckles Pulp.” He lives in San Francisco, with his fiancé, their two dogs, and cat. He is finishing his first book, a memoir, The Fireman Song.

By day Jared Karol is a leadership development coach and diversity & inclusion facilitator–working at the intersection of purpose, storytelling, and belonging. By night, he is usually sleeping–unless he is playing music in a variety of local bands and venues, experiencing the urban serendipity of the Bay Area, or hanging out with his partner and nine-year-old twins.

Enid Hunkeler is a medical scientist. After 40 years at Kaiser Permanente, she retired last year, and began her encore career as a comedic writer. Enid was egged on by her mentor, one of the original leaders of Kaiser. Her colleagues blackmailed over the years into performing her satirical plays rejoiced. Raised in New York, Enid’s on-stage experience began and ended in the late 60’s when she was the highest paid go-go dancer in Boston. Enid likes to write about serious issues from a comedic viewpoint. As a new performer, like Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Enid “relies on the kindness of strangers.”

Kenny Yun is currently developing his fifth solo show. He is a coach, director, and solo performance teacher at The Marsh. Kenny has an English Literature degree from UC Berkeley.

July 31, 2018


  • Maria Grazia Affinito, "Mamma, leave my breasts alone!"
  • Harriet Patterson, “Unfriending Texas”
  • David Jacobson, "Dog's Misery Swamp"
  • Vivien Cook, “Heaven Custom Made”

MUSIC: Bekah Barnett, the Urban Minstrel

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

Bekah Barnett sings songs from the heart. Her pure and clear voice is perfectly complimented by the simple and melodic piano landscapes she composes. One of the bay area's hidden gems, she has recorded two full length albums of original songs and is currently working on material for a third. Her live performances are always special events, sure to captivate and enthrall you.

Maria Grazia Affinito is a local equity actress. 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). 

Harriet Patterson is a Bay-Area based writer, solo performer and nonprofit executive. Alongside her 20+ year career in health nonprofits, she has appeared on Bay Area stages at Solo Sundays, Monday Night Marsh and Tell It On Tuesday and her first solo show, Sail On!, debuted at the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2017. She will make her Bay Area debut with Sail On! in September 2018 at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. A native of Dallas, Texas, Harriet lives in the East Bay with her husband and cat where she enjoys breakfast tacos, photography, and spending time outdoors.

Like you, David Jacobson is home to 40 trillion bacteria that weigh as much as his brain, crucially affecting his health and mood. Microbes also play key roles in "Dog's Misery Swamp," his latest solo play directed by Mark Kenward; developed with Charlie Varon. In June, Swamp went to the London (Ontario) Fringe. In August, David and his microbiota perform at Edmonton Fringe.

Vivien Cook grew up in industrial England and emigrated to the US in her early twenties. She is a writer, poet and storyteller particularly intrigued by ancestry and history. She is also a high functioning if distracted grandma. This is her third visit to Tell it on Tuesday.

June 26th, 2018
13-year Anniversary Celebration!


  • Trish Mulholland, My Radio Days
  • Kathryn Keats, The Hummingbird 
  • David Rodwin, Square One
  • Ben Tucker, More Than Meets The Eye
  • Lee Archer, I am trying to think of some way to make the title shorter because this one is way too long I think we can all agree.

MUSIC: Eclair de Lune Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

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

Hot Club inspired Eclair de Lune Gypsy Jazz Ensemble serves up their unique interpretations of Django Reinhardt songs and other jazz favorites from the swing era and beyond. Dennis Fortin on lead guitar and vocals, Danny Bittker on clarinet, Cote Reese on accordion, Jim Pickrel on rhythm guitar, and Dave Fischer on bass.

Trish Mulholland was a top-rating radio announcer in Australia in the 1980s. Her show is a darkly funny flashback to this time when hair gel and punk transformed commercial radio, and radio in Australia sold out. Trish took a one-way ticket to London but wound up in unexpected places. She has been a theatre artist in the Bay Area for 20 years.

Kathryn Keats first began developing “The Hummingbird” at Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor. She is thrilled to be continuing her work with David Ford at The Marsh. 

David Rodwin is a Moth StorySLAM champion and writer/director who’s toured seven solo shows around the country including his newest, F*ck Tinder: a love story. He’s created 12 evening-length works for the stage, from the one-man, hyper-opera VIRTUAL MOTION to the huge avant-musical WARNING!: eXplicit Material. Lastly, he founded the NY-based Raw Impression, Inc./RIPFest, with which he commissioned and produced 170 ten-minute musicals and 60 short films.

Lee Archer is a work-in-progress based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is his first perform thingy, though he has appeared briefly at Monday Night Marsh, Marsh Madness, and Solo Sundays. He will be materializing at the 2018 Chicago Fringe Festival during Labor Day weekend.

Ben Tucker is a retired UC administrator. Stagebridge Epic Storyteller Graduate. Author, Memoir: A Good Run. Brother Ben has performed in local community theatre and participates in jazz and storytelling open mics. He will be a member of a Storytelling Cultural Exchange to China in October with the Eth-Noh-Tec Theatre Company.

May 29th, 2018


  • Bruce Pachtman, “50 People Who Look Just Like Me"
  • Liz Callahan, “No One Says This Thing I Know to be True On Being a Grandmother”
  • Adrian West, “The Headless Hunter”
  • Joan Chaplick, “The Reunion”

MUSIC: Doris Moskowitz: Early Jazz Standards

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

Doris Moskowitz sings and plays songs from before 1940. With a love of words, stories and old movies she accompanies herself on the piano.

Bruce Pachtman’s first show, “don’t make me look too psychotic” was developed with Club Solo and directed by W. Kamau Bell. It ran in SF, Philadelphia and LA for a total of 300 performances. The scene Bruce performs on May 29 is included in his not-yet-completed (or titled) second show. It was co-written with Kamau. 

Liz Callahan is immensely grateful to her husband, children, stepchildren, and grandchildren who she hopes will never see this piece. And to her talented sister, Ellen Jay, who invited her to share the stage with her both literally and figuratively. And to Jeanne Haynes, her storytelling teacher, for her encouragement, enthusiasm and expert direction. She owes this award to all of them.

Adrian West moved to the Bay Area from Montreal in 1995 and lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters. He is a singer-songwriter and musician who leads the Adrian West Band and performs often around the Bay Area. Recently he has been putting on a multimedia show in San Francisco and Berkeley called 'An Evening of Music & Science' which weaves together his music, synchronized video, poetry and an exploration of Abiogenesis, the study of how life began on Earth.

Joan Chaplick lives in San Francisco, works in Berkeley, grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Try to figure out those values and politics! Joan's studied at the Marsh with David Ford, Charlie Varon and Ann Randolph for many years. She'll be performing in the SF Fringe Festival in September 2018. 

April 24th, 2018


  • Maryclare McCauley, Finding Balance
  • Douglass Truth, ASK DEATH: Questions for Death, Herself
  • Jean Ellisen, The Witch of Sheffield Village
  • Daniel Rudman, Ever Hear of Mario Savio?
    A  one-act performed by Tri “G” Le and Mick Renner

MUSIC: The Blues Daddies, playing music for listening and dancing
Joel Kreisberg (bass and vocals), Joe Pratt (sax, keyboards, and vocals), Natsuhiro Maruyama (drums), Art Swislocki (guitars and vocals)

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

The Blues Daddies began in Kensington, California, in 1995, since the “dads” had children in the same elementary school. Beginning as a Motown-Stax-Rock cover band, the band has evolved in its sound and has become more agile and progressive. While still playing homage to music of the 1950’s and ‘60’s, more modern music is now part of the repertoire as well. The Blues Daddies are available for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Douglass Truth is a painter, writer, and performer. He lives in Nevada City, CA, and performs his show An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself as often as he can. He has worked as a designer and surveyor in Alaska, a chef, building dismantler, English teacher, a software salesman in Taiwan; he prefers making art. 

Jean Ellisen has been telling stories all her life, but telling stories on purpose for over 25 years, locally, nationally, and internationally. Her passion is helping others, young and old, find their own voice through storytelling.

Each of us tells a story in our own unique way. Maryclare McCauley enjoys movement and acting out the dialogue between the characters, so it’s almost as if you are watching a play. Tonight you will see an excerpt from a new story she is developing called, Finding Balance. Some of us have had a rocky beginning in life, and those early imprints can cause all sorts of trouble, and some very unexpected delights.

Daniel Rudman has had plays performed in Berkeley, SF, Santa Cruz, and Paris. He won the Bay Area Critics' Circle award for Best New Play in 1981. Tri "G" Le is a Bay Area actor studying at UC Berkeley. He is interested in learning and sharing the untold stories of all backgrounds.   Mick Renner has acted in Bay Area theatres for 45 years, including Berkeley Rep, Eureka Theatre, Berkeley Shakes, and solo performances in San Francisco and Boulder Fringe Festivals.

March 27th, 2018


  • Ruth Halpern, “1,001 Nights”
  • Howard Petrick, “A Nickle a Rat”
  • Airial Clark, “Chrysalis”
  • Ady Lady, “Avon Walking”

MUSIC: An eclectic mix of acoustic folk rock, blues, Americana, and jazz
Mimi Heft: vocals, guitar, with Dave Tilton: vocals, guitar, harmonica and Joshua Raoul Brody: vocals, piano, melodica

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

Mimi Heft lends her melodious voice to a wide range of music, from jazz and blues to a capella and folk rock, presenting a mix of originals and covers but making each her own deeply personal and resonant story. For Tell It On Tuesday, Mimi will be joined by guitarist/vocalist Dave Tilton, of the “Indiamericana” trio Cededa: and pianist Joshua Raoul Brody, of Tango No. 9, Orchestra Nostalgico, and BATS Improv.

Ruth Halpern has been weaving personal stories and traditional tales for many years. She teaches, writes, and performs around the Bay Area and the world.

Howard Petrick has performed in theater festivals throughout North America. “A Nickle a Rat” is an excerpt from Fight for 52¢, Petrick portrays the revolutionary labor leader Vincent Raymond Dunne who was one of the leaders of the 1934 Minneapolis truck drivers strikes. Petrick spent many hours talking with him about his life.

Airial Clark doesn't give a fuck. No really, it's her job. She's a master storyteller, bad-ass business coach and women's empowerment facilitator. 

Ady Lady is a performer and a writer whose work has been seen in venues around both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Her two shows, Sara Jane Tried to Kill the President and From Piss to Bliss were both developed with David Ford at the Marsh and received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. 

February 27th, 2018


  • Joe Cole, “The Train Outta ICU”
  • Tim Ereneta, “Tales from the Urban Campfire” 
  • Scott Ullman, "A Walk to Remember"
  • Sally Holzman, “Dunkirk Challenge”
  • Tina D'Elia,  "The Breakup. There's a Show for That?"

MUSIC: Duncan Carling , Instrumental Jazz and Blues

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

Joe Cole began his acting career in 1980, after moving to the Bay Area from his native Atlanta. Joe has performed in film and network TV and has bagged a few radio and TV commercials along the way, but theatre is his first love. He will always have a special fondness for his role as Ollie Olson in Eugene O'Neal's Four Plays Of The Sea.

Tim Ereneta does not make films, manage corporate brands, design video games, photograph weddings, parse data, write marketing copy, or investigate news stories. What he does do is tell folktales, fairy tales, and the occasional shaggy dog story to audiences. Live. Without notes. Apparently there is not a word for this.

Scott Ullman is currently an adult librarian at Berkeley Public Library, but he’s worked in libraries for over 30 years. A life-time political activist, Scott spent 13 years organizing in the nonviolent social change movement as a paid organizer. A member of Stagebridge, Mr. Ullman is doing storytelling in the Oakland Unified School district for second graders, and he’s also active with Books for Wider Horizons providing weekly book reading, storytelling, puppetry, etc. with preschoolers in Oakland.

The past of radio, books and stories offers storyteller Sally Holzman grist for stories for today. Mining her childhood, this time boarding schools, she finds little gems to share, with the hope that they brighten the listeners day.

Tina D'Elia, owner/founder of Tina D'Elia Consulting is a Performance Coach, Casting Director, Workshop Facilitator, and Actor. About her piece tonight: Where does our protagonist Me go when faced with heartache from a recent breakup? As memories, music, and familiar places come raining down... Me finds herself running right into the Recent Breakup Support Group. Here is the place where despair and hope dance between the habitual questions of "What Happened?" "What Now?" "How long will this last?" and "Where is my time-machine?"

January 30th, 2018


  • Annette Roman, “Inauguration Vacation”
  • Tony Cyprien, "Work in Progress"
  • Theresa Donahoe, “Confessions of a White Mexican”
  • Geoff Hoyle, “Fake: (based on a true story)”

MUSIC: Stuart Rosh, Guitar and Vocals

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

Stuart Rosh has made four albums with national distribution, one of which hit the Top 40 on the Americana Music Association chart back in the day. Stuart Rojstaczer is a geophysicist who was a National Science Foundation Young Investigator back in the day and has written a SF Chronicle and American Booksellers Association bestselling novel. Rosh and Rojstaczer are the same person. He is currently trying to get decent at bocce and his next novel will be out in 2018. 

Annette Roman is the creator/performer of 3 solo shows—Hitler’s Li’l AbominationAnimal Love, and Inauguration Vacation—performed at 15 theater festivals to date in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. She is a member of the Berkeley Monday Night Playground writer’s pool and her short plays have been performed at SF Olympians, PianoFight, and at the Playwrights Center of San Francisco’s PlayOffs. 

Tony Cyprien was born and raised in Watts, California, but now lives in Berkeley, where he discovered improv. Since stepping out on stage, he has won a MOTH Storyslam, performed at two MOTH MainStage events, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. Tony has also performed for Marin Shakespeare's Social Justice Troupe and Marsh Theater's Monday Night Marsh. Tonight he is sharing new material. 

Theresa Donahoe is an actress who recently started performing solo pieces. Her first full length solo show "Late Bloomer" made its debut at the Rogue Fringe Festival in March 2017. "Confessions of a White Mexican" is her latest solo piece and is currently being developed into her next full length show.

Geoff Hoyle, maybe best known as Zazu in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King, has been an actor and clown (Pickle Family Circus, Cirque du Soleil) for more than 50 years, appearing nationally and internationally and in many plays and solo performances in the Bay Area at ACT, Berkeley Rep and The Marsh where he collaborated with David Ford on Geezer and Lear's Shadow.

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