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

November 18th, 2014

It's National Runaway Prevention Month and we're teaming up with the National Runaway Safeline on their campaign to spread awareness of the homeless youth crisis through themed storytelling events across the country. This month four story tellers take the stage telling stories that are all based on the theme of "Home".


  • Eliza Gibson, And Now, No Flip Flops?!
  • Ruth Halpern, Slo-Mo Runaway
  • Jerry Franklin, Losing a Spouse Runs in the Family
  • Lisa Marie Rollins, Home Fires Burn

MUSIC: The Creak: Melody driven, harmony rich, enthralling acoustic music
Joe Readel, guitar and vocals; Korey Kassir, fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Chris Underwood, banjo; Ryan Lim, bass; Joe Boone, guitar

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

The Creak plays an action-packed mix of music rooted in the bluegrass tradition while drawing inspiration from sources as varied as the Beatles, the Bill Evans Trio, the Hot Club of France, James Brown and Slayer. With a hard-swinging rhythm section, memorable melodies, and beautiful instrumental interplay, The Creak captivates audiences of all ages. A fixture on San Francisco's vibrant streetcorner busking circuit, the Creak has honed their chops playing engagements at the Great American Music Hall and Cafe du Nord, appearing alongside the likes of the Brothers Comatose and the venerable Misisipi Mike. thecreak.net

Eliza Gibson wrote, directed and produced her first solo show “Dialogues with Madwomen” 20 years ago. She’s back at it again with “And Now, No Flip Flops?!” Tonight is an excerpt of her new show she’s been developing with David Ford.

Ruth Halpern has been making up stories since she learned to talk. She even made up her own college major, “Forms of Narrative,” at UC Berkeley. Now she travels the world telling traditional myths and folktales to illuminate the arc of life, in workshops and performances. She believes that storytelling can teach us to be the heroes of our own lives.

Jerry Franklin is a writer and versatile performer making his Tell it on Tuesday debut.  A native of Brooklyn, Jerry has been a professional actor, improv comic, and opera singer.  Now he writes software documentation to support his theatre habit.  This is his first solo show.

Lisa Marie Rollins is a writer, playwright, and solo performance artist. She is touring her acclaimed solo show, “Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girls Story of being adopted by a White Family… that aren’t Celebrities”. She has appeared in the New York International Fringe Theater Festival, Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, Atlanta Black Theater Festival, San Francisco Theater Festival, Tell it on Tuesday and others. She is working on her new play, “Side Effects” and is a director / developer of many BayArea solo performance artists. 

December 9th, 2014


  • Kristina Yates, Pepper
  • Kathleen Denny, Nice Is Not What We Do (excerpt)
  • Wayne Harris, Richard James
  • Phil Surkis, How am I supposed to eat this and why is there so much silverware on the table?
  • Sarah Elovich, Let's send a deep scaling to the centipedes of Annapolis, because they're jerks.

MUSIC: Steven Emerson, Guitar and Vocals: original songs and fractured narratives

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

Composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Steven Emerson’s musical adventure includes recording three critically acclaimed solo albums, performing in 45 states & 12 countries, opening for REM, The Violent Femmes, X, Nick Cave and many others. He is the owner of the award winning music house Ever Studio, which has created music for feature films, video games & commercials.

Kristina Yates is a storyteller, retired Marriage and Family Therapist and activist for human rights in mental health.  She has a small business boarding little dogs in her home. She comes from proud Appalachian roots and was given elocution lessons at the age of seven. She has performed at numerous venues in the Bay Area. 

Kathleen Denny’s mother used to tell her: "You always have to be so dramatic!" Special thanks to director Mark Kenward, to coach Julia McNeal, and to the audiences and staff (past and present) at Monday Night Marsh in San Francisco, the Rogue Festival in Fresno and the Boulder Fringe. She is happy to join you at Tell It on Tuesday.

Phil Surkis is an accidental restaurateur who spends his days hustling waffles at Brown Sugar Kitchen and his nights tending bar at B-Side BBQ, both in West Oakland. Last year, he led his first Passover Seder, and thought that storytelling was the next logical step. He has developed solo performances with Lisa Marie Rollins and Martha Rhynberg, and is now also producing shows at The B-Side Barn in West Oakland. 

Sarah Elovich is new to solo performance. So new that she has no idea how to write a bio, or what kind of information to include in it. Sarah's last name is Elovich, which rhymes with 'hell of it'. To read her blog and keep up with all of the rest of her Bay Area appearances, go to www.sarahelovich.com, just for the hell of it.

In 2007, Wayne Harris wrote “Richard James” as a holiday present for friends. It was recorded in one take and CDs have shown up in various Christmas stockings since. It has not been performed on stage officially but Harris always seems to find a reason to tell it at the Holidays…this year, he is very happy to be sharing this story of love and community to the Tell It On Tuesday audience…sit back and enjoy. It’s a Holiday Day!

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