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

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.

May 26th, 2015


  • Abe Bernstein, The Lion and the Rabbit
  • Ginger Murray, "Queen of the Nerds".
  • Elaine Magree,The Relative Value of Lives (excerpt)
  • Deanna Anderson, the Wreck
  • David Nihill, " A Mother, a Son, a City"

MUSIC: The Lazy Governors, gypsy jazz, old timey and assorted surprises

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

With the The Lazy Governors, you might hear a gorgeous mandolin composition from the 17th century or an instrumental version of the Bee Gees' "More Than a Woman."  You'll definitely hear a wide range of early jazz and western swing. Sam Barnum on lead guitar, Geoff Boushey on fiddle, Russ Keil on stand-up bass, and Julian Gross on rhythm guitar and occasional mandolin. 

Abe Bernstein was once a scientist, professor, and researcher, but then a genie transformed him into an actor, inproviser, and storyteller. Now he enjoys telling tales about things that never really happened, and pretending to be people he could never be in real life.

Ginger Murray is the editor in chief of Whore! magazine, a journalist and performance storyteller. An avid lover of bad girls, thinkers and radical idiots, Ginger has appeared just about everywhere and done just about everything, including a stint as talking head on the History Channel and a strutter upon the stage with the likes of La Pocha Nostra and Red Hots Burlesque. 

Elaine Magree has written, directed or performed new work at The Marsh, The Magic Theatre, Z Space, The Working Women’s Theatre Festival, Brava, Exit Theatre, as well as many Theatre and Fringe Festivals. She has taught theatre at Solano College, SF City College, East Bay Center for The Performing Arts and in homeless shelters, recovery centers, and the Sacramento county jail.

Deanna Anderson is the program developer and a teaching/performing artist with StoryTeller Project, where she has delivered health, educational and performance projects to diverse populations, including incarcerated women and youth, children with developmental disabilities and teen moms. Deanna teaches dance, theater and movement classes at Stanford U and currently studies the art of mask and physical theater with Leonard Pitt.

David Nihill left Dublin, Ireland at the age of 22, got drunk on travel and never quite hit sobriety of it. He strongly denies being a comedian and is well aware most people don’t understand his accent. David is the founder of Comedy for a Spinal Cause and FunnyBizz Conferences, and author of the book, Do You Talk Funny

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Bridget Frederick and Rebecca Fisher

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