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 17th, 2013


  • Jeanne Lupton, "Saturday Night Man"
  • Lisa Rothman, “Ding Dong”
  • Jill Vice, "The Tipped & The Tipsy"
  • Kevin Rolston, “Burning the Dragon: Part II”

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 been a professional dishwasher and a university professor. He has won numerous obscure awards for his scientific research, music, and writing. His latest finished big project, a novel entitled The Mathematician's Shiva, will published by Penguin Press in the fall of 2014. More info can be found at

Jeanne Lupton writes poetry and memoir and enjoys performing her work.  She hosts a biweekly reading series at Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda. This is her first appearance at Tell it on Tuesday. 

Lisa Rothman lives with her husband and two kids in Oakland. Ding Dong is the first of three linked monologues called Wait and See that she'll perform next year.  She's also the host of a radio show and podcast recorded at a food truck park.

Jill Vice began studying performance art at the San Francisco Art Institute with Tony Labat, has trained with Jeff Raz at the SF Circus Center and also studied mime and mask with Leonard Pitt and James Donlon at the Flying Actors Studio. “The Tipped & The Tipsy” was awarded "Best of Fringe" at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival, and she will be performing the piece in full at the SF Marsh in January 2014.

Kevin Rolston is an actor, writer, director and performance coach. He and his man-spouse (poet and novelist Ron Palmer) and their dog-child (Kylie Fantastic) enjoy long walks on the beach, cookies and naps.

November 19th, 2013


  • Jeanne Haynes, A House Under Water, Part 3
  • Gloria Bromberg, This is My Brain on Drugs
  • Wayne Harris, My Trip to the Holy Land
       How Wayne Harris Brought Peace to the Middle East
  • Bridget Frederick, Evolution of Anger

MUSIC: Eventual Ukulele Superstar: Emily Yates, vocals, tenor banjo and tenor ukulele. Smart-ass folk songs, with a smile.

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

Emily Yates is an upstate New York native who moved to Oakland after six years in the U.S. Army. She learned to play music in 2011, then started writing songs so that she could tell people how she really felt about things without them punching her. She is currently on a perpetual Eventual World Domination Tour, and will one day run for World President on the simple platform outlined by her hit song, "Try Not To Be A Dick." 

Jeanne Haynes was originally a news reporter, but became a full-time performer and teacher 18 years ago, after two decades as a public relations consultant. In addition to Tell it on Tuesday, she has performed with Brava!, SF Theater Festival, Ashby Stage and Bay Area Storytelling Festival. She has taught 300+ adults in ongoing Stagebridge Oakland classes and 3,000 students as a schools artist in residence
Gloria Bromberg developed "This is My Brain on Drugs" in classes with David Ford, and performed at the Marsh Berkeley and SF. She's now working with director Mark Kenward. A former psychotherapist, Gloria is more happily employed as a health educator.  

Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, teaching-artist, curriculum innovator and musician. Recently, The State Department sent Wayne to Jerusalem to tell the story of Martin Luther King Jr. to Palestinian students and teachers...and lives were changed. Wayne is developing My Trip to the Holy Land with David Ford. For more information about Wayne please see

Bridget Frederick wrote and performed her first solo piece in 2004, and co-created Tell it on Tuesday the following year. She teaches ongoing yoga classes in the East Bay, including regular workshops on Yoga for Cyclists.

October 29th, 2013
Stagebridge Partnership Performance

STORIES: Where Have All the Flowers Gone: Stories of the 60’s

  • Jim Barnard, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”
  • Susan Goldstein, “Interludes of the 60’s”
  • Janet Griffith, “Paul is Dead”
  • Edward Hamilton,” White Flower Day”
  • Hilary Kaiser, “Paris, 1968”
  • Ann Riley, “Mario Savio Speech”
  • Linda Wright, “Voter Registration”

MUSIC: ARIEL: JJ Jenkins & George Petersen, vocals, acoustic guitar & hand drum
Music of the 60’s

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

ARIEL features award-winning songwriters JJ Jenkins & George Petersen, and has been a Bay area music staple for over 30 years, sharing the bill with such luminaries as Santana, Starship, John Lee Hooker and Metallica to name a few.

Jim Barnard opposed the Vietnam War, and came to believe that war, under any circumstances, could never be morally justified.  There must be better ways to solve our conflicts.

Susan Goldstein is a retired college teacher who is delighted to find a way to have an audience without having to grade papers. She rejects the idea that “if you remember the 60’s, you weren’t really there.”

Since her retirement as a psychologist in 2010, Janet Griffith has enjoyed exploring new worlds, sometimes by creating stories about old times.

Edward Hamilton, since retiring from his position as Chair of the City College of San Francisco’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies Department, has found a new creative passion in storytelling.

Hilary Kaiser, like Josephine Baker (who once sang "I have two loves, my country and Paris"), is an American who has been living in Paris for some 40 years.

Ann Riley became a storyteller the first time she got in trouble and needed a good 'story'. She has been telling stories ever since. She is on the board of the Storytelling Association of California, and enjoys telling at the Asian Art Museum.

Linda Wright is a passionate and talented storyteller who brings history to life.  Linda has been telling stories around the Bay Area and conducts workshops for children and adults.

September 24th, 2013


  • Tim Ereneta, “Christmas in the Underworld”
  • Maxine Epstein, "Pushin the Pushke"
  • Beth McLaughlin, “Part of a Story”
  • Lisa Marie Rollins, “Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girls Story of being Adopted into a White Family… that aren’t Celebrities”

MUSIC: Richard Herrera Lopez, Guitar

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

Richard Herrera Lopez, after many years as a recording engineer, has rediscovered playing the guitar. Before becoming an engineer, he worked as a producer/composer. Tonight he’ll cover songs he has very much admired.

Tim Ereneta is a Berkeley-based storyteller who enjoys sharing obscure fairy tales and myths from world cultures with listeners at fringe festivals, around campfires, and from stages like this one.

Maxine Epstein has spent most of her life making the world a better place. Not until God spoke to her through a Cornish game hen did she realize the impact of her work.

Beth McLaughlin is a writer and performer of two original full-length works, with a background in theater and improvisation.  

Lisa Marie Rollins is a writer and performer. Her award winning solo work, “Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girls Story of being Adopted into a White Family… that aren’t Celebrities” had a sold out run in the New York International Fringe Theater Festival and has toured theaters, universities and academic conferences across the United States. She is a director and producer of solo & ensemble performance work and is currently focused on the writing and development of her new play, “Side Effects”.

August 27th, 2013


  • Neshama Franklin, “No Regrets”
  • Rebecca Fisher, “Memphis on My Mind”
  • Alex Martinez, "Papi"
  • Candace Roberts, “Death's Greatest Hits”

MUSIC: Mark Lemaire and Twilight: unique guitar and interlocking male/ female harmonies

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

Mark Lemaire and Twilight have taken the tradition of harmonies and acoustic guitar to a unique place. Mark has shared the stage with folks like Tracy Chapman, Stefan Grossman, and Maria Muldaur. Find out more by visiting

Neshama Franklin has been telling stories since she could talk--and that was some time ago. She works at the Fairfax Library, has a weekly blog of book reviews on the Marin County Free library website, hosts Marin Poets Live! (on that website as well), and shares her love of literature and stories on KWMR in West Marin. She is delighted to be back at TIOT for her 7th round.

Rebecca Fisher is a writer, director, and producer of solo work. Her first solo show The Magnificence of the Disaster had a successful run at The Marsh in SF as well as a tour to Memphis, TN and college on the East Coast. SF Chronicle describes her work as "Smart, challenging, disarmingly funny, and unmistakably affecting."  She is  developingMemphis on My Mind with Charlie Varon and preparing for at the upcoming SF Fringe Festival.  For more information please visit

Alex Martinez is a native San Franciscan with a love of theater and a gift for gab. Since childhood, he craved an audience and to this day, will do 5 minutes in front of the refrigerator because of the light!

Candace Roberts is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and cabaret performer. Since the release of her 2010 CD, "Honeymoon for One", Candace has been in residence at Martuni's Piano Bar in San Francisco, performing on the 4th Thursday of every month. She increasingly finds herself rocking the house concert circuit (and the funeral circuit) as well as playing such local venues as the Fillmore and Cafe du Nord. Tonight's piece is an excerpt from her one-woman-musical-in-development titled "Death's Greatest Hits, which explores the notion of self-acceptance via acceptance of death.

Tell It On Tuesday AUDITION

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

When: Sunday, August 25th, 10am-12pm (you must be available to 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

Sign up: Send your request to

If you haven’t performed or auditioned with us in the last three years, you are welcome to participate.

July 30th, 2013


  • Liz Nichols, "A Grimm Tale"
  • David Kupras,  “Kielbasa Blues”
  • C.W. Nevius, “The Super Bowl of Cross Country Skiing”
  • Xiao Juan Shu, Ze Ren

MUSIC: Joshua Raoul Brody & The Proverbial Special Guests

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

Joshou Raoul Brody is best known as an accompanist for improvisational theater, and is music director for BATS Improv, True Fiction Magazine, and many other groups. He also plays with Tango No. 9 (who is working on their 5th CD), the Nino Rota cover band Orchestra Nostalgico (who is working on their 2nd), and Merle "Don't Call Me 'Merle "Ian Shoales" Kessler'!"Kessler (who is working), as well as the ever-popular Too Many Others To List Here.

Liz Nichols was born in the Bronx, but she got lost in the 398 (Folklore & Mythology) section of the public library at age ten, and hasn't found her way out yet! Besides telling stories, her passion is to share the value of play and creative expression with folks at every stage of life. She does that as an elementary school teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader, RainbowKidsYoga teacher, and TimeSlips™ Master Trainer and facilitator (a creative storytelling method for people with Alzheimers).

David Kupras was raised in the 60s and 70s in a rust belt suburb of Buffalo, NY where the high arts were considered to be decoupage and sand candles.  He has dabbled in the performing arts for years as a member of several Improvisational troupes, and as an amateur standup comedian in Seattle and New York City. Kielbasa Blues is an evolving attempt at reconstructing the formative episodes in his life, their effects on his relationship to money, family, work, and an effort to answer those deep imponderable questions we all have; “Who the hell am I, and just how exactly did I get here?”

C.W. Nevius is a metro columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, covering topics that range from the Board of Supervisors to the nude guys — and the surprising connections between them. For over 20 years he was a sports columnist at the Chron where he went to eight Olympic Games, nine Super Bowls and a crawdad dinner in Beaumont, Texas. He is the author of Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler, based on his marriage to the lovely Mary and their life raising the two best kids in the world.

Born and raised in Eastern China, Xiao Juan Shu now enjoys living in the San Francisco Bay Area and telling stories. She performed her first solo show Ze Ren at the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival. 

June 25th, 2013
8th Anniversary Performance!


  • Kirk Waller, “Po Sandy”
  • Charlie Varon, “Passenger”
  • Bruce Pachtman, “Oprah called me yesterday and said she wishes she could be as positive as I am.”

MUSIC: Freddy and the Freeloaders: hard driving blues/funk set to get you dancing in the aisles

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

Freddy and the Freeloaders is a local seven piece (three horns, piano, bass, drums, and guitar) jazz band that has been playing in the bay area for over five years and are available for most any occasion taking place on those days of the week that end in "y". We've played small venues and filled big halls and have the ability to play everything from cocktail/dinner music to great dance tunes. We enjoy jazz, blues, swing, latin, and many styles of dance music (who among us can resist Booker T's "Green Onions"?).

Kirk Waller uses music, mime and the spoken word to create a rich and textured storytelling experience.  He teaches storytelling at Stagebridge Senior Theatre, serves as the current chair of the Storytelling Association of California, and is the proud papa of two wonderful boys!

The San Francisco Chronicle has credited Charlie Varon with "reinventing the form of solo theater." Charlie has been writing and performing for over 30 years. Since 1991, he has been creating award-winning solo theater work in collaboration with the extraordinary David Ford. Charlie has also directed Dan Hoyle's smash hit shows Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans. He teaches solo performance at The Marsh, narrates audio tours for museums around the country, and is currently at work on a cycle of short stories, coming to the stage this year.

Bruce Pachtman's first solo show, "don't make me look too psychotic" ran in San Francisco, Philadelphia and LA for a total of 300 performances. It was developed with Club Solo and directed by W. Kamau Bell. Along with Ty McKenzie, Bruce now produces three monthly series at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco: Solo Sundays (which features solo performers), The Vent (which focuses on storytellers) and Underground Sound (which presents an eclectic variety of musicians).

May 28, 2013


  • Bill Amatneek, “Pickin' for the Prez”
  • Mia Paschal, “Heartbreak Velocity”
  • Michael Katz, “Who’s the Student?”
  • Mark Kenward, “Nantucket” (excerpt)

MUSIC: Michele Walther, violin and looper. Jazz, World Music, and some originals

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.

String bassist Bill Amatneek has accompanied Peter, Paul & Mary, bluegrass patriarch, Bill Monroe, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, and other American roots music artists.  Rolling Stone, Down Beat, and Yoga Journal have published his stories, and he is anthologized in the book, "Encounters with Bob Dylan." Bill has been an Exchange Place Teller at the National Storytelling Festival, and in 2004 the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association conferred their Best Music Book award to the first edition of his book, Acoustic Stories.

Mia Paschal moved to San Francisco from Milan, Italy to study with Ed Hooks. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art commissioned her most recent performance, a site-specific solo work inspired by Jim Dine's painting "Blue Clamp". She is currently exploring how Judaism and Argentine tango approach time.

Michael Katz has been a paid professional storyteller for over 25 years, performing at such venues as the Disney Concert Hall, the LA Getty Center and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.  He hosts his own storytelling radio program called Katz Pajamas, heard on NPR station KCBX on Saturday mornings.  Michael's other "hats" include being a mindfulness teacher in elementary schools, teaching adults storytelling, directing one-person performances, editing film scripts and washing dishes (unprofessionally).

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, Victoria Doggett, and Kurt Bodden.

April 30, 2013


  • Violet Juno, “Romancing Variable X”
  • Kevin Rolston, “Schadenfeuer the Dragon; Part One: it takes two”
  • Cassie Angley, “Split Chicks”
  • Michael O'Brien, "Go, Don't Go April."

MUSIC: Frank Chigas and Laura Wachtel, singers/songwriters, vocals/guitars, alt/folk

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

Frank Chigas and Laura Wachtel met during preparations for a Sci-Fi drama improv show and discovered a musical affinity.

Violet Juno creates interdisciplinary performance often combining storytelling with sculptural props, drawing, movement and sound. Juno has performed and exhibited at over 70 theaters in 30 cities in the United States, Canada and Scotland. She also performs in the sound performance duo RED VIXA and creates site-specific performance in unusual urban and natural environments.

Kevin Rolston is an actor, writer, director, teaching theater artist and performance coach.  He and his man/spouse, (poet Ronald Palmer), have lived in San Francisco for ten years.  Their dog/child, (Kylie Fantastic), likes long walks on the beach, naps and cookies.   

Cassie Angley performed, trained, and wrote in New York City for over 15 years, where she wrote, produced, and often performed in more than 12 original plays and musicals. She received a fellowship from the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop where she studied as a lyricist and book writer. Most recently she performed her one woman show Finding the Michaels in NYC in the United Solo Theatre Festival and Estrogenius Festival, and at the San Francisco Marsh as part of their Marsh Rising series.

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

March 26, 2013


  • Kenny Yun, “The Kim Jong IL Experience”
  • Peter L. Stein, “The Lafee Project” (excerpt)
  • Sharon Eberhardt, “Second Hand Muse”
  • Jean Gregory, “Safe Journey!” 

MUSIC: Garen Patterson, Singer / Songwriter, vocals & guitar

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

In addition to being a singer songwriter, Garen Patterson writes and produces solo performance "folk operas”, performing primarily in people’s homes. He's a graduate of California College of Arts in Oakland with a Masters in Education (Sonoma State), father of seven, grandfather of six, husband of one and owner of Patterson Painting and Decorating in Sonoma.

Kenny Yun's work has been produced at The Marsh theatre San Francisco. The Kim Jong IL Experience is his third solo performance project and was developed with David Ford and Charlie Varon.

Peter L. Stein has a long-held passion for telling the stories of his native San Francisco. As a television producer and writer, he won a Peabody Award and numerous regional Emmy Awards for his series of PBS documentaries about the history of San Francisco's neighborhoods. As an actor, he has appeared over the years in roles with the American Repertory Theatre, George Coates Performance Works, Thick Description, and in obscure 99-seat attic theatres from coast to coast. 

Sharon Eberhardt wrote and performed Savage Arts, which had a run at The Marsh, San Francisco, and at Fringe Festivals in Canada.  Her play Becca and Heidi was performed by other actors in San Francisco, New York City, and Buffalo, NY.  She was a member of Playground SF, and The Shee Theater.  She hopes to have the rest of the story of Second Hand Muse completed soon and coming to a theater (or living room) near you!  

Jean Gregory is a retired elementary teacher having taught in both the Chicago and Oakland school systems.  She is currently active with Stagebridge, a performing arts center for seniors, creating and performing original stories reflecting her life's journey.  She resides in Oakland enjoying her family, her two dogs, and activities such as hiking, camping, singing, involvement with church and community organizations, and traveling.

February 26, 2013


  • Howard Petrick, “1965”
  • Daniel Ari, “Fights With Poems”
  • Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya, “Believe it or Not”
  • Lashon Daley, "My Newspaper Lover", "Check Race Box" and "Audrey"

MUSIC: Stuart Rosh, Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica

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

Stuart Rosh sings slice of life songs that harken back to the days when songwriters all spoke Yiddish (or tried to), men knew how to dress, and every lady of bearing proudly owned at least one pearl necklace.  He's recorded four CDs (some of which contain infernal rock and roll), a memoir published by Oxford University Press, and a novel about Russian emigre mathematicians, Hilbert's Sixth Problem, that should be out next year.  He is currently working on an opera with a classical music composer.  

Howard Petrick is a solo performer who lives in San Francisco. He has toured North America the last for years with his successful autobiographical solo show Breaking Rank. Tonight’s presentation is part of a new still untitled show, that may or may not  be autobiographical or fiction.

Where language eschews the straight lines and plain meanings of prose is the place Daniel Ari finds himself—fascinated and frustrated, maddened and mesmerized. Fights With Poems is a body of work exploring both well-known and original poetry in energetic live performance.

Erica Lann-Clark, a nationally known storyteller, playwright and solo performer, has told at major storytelling festivals, like The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesorough, Tennessee, and at venues from coast to coast. Her solo play, “Shopping For God,” ran to critical acclaim at the Marsh Theater, SF. She loves to tell where the heart of the story meets the heart of the listener.

Olga Loya, a nationally known Latina storyteller, solo performer and writer, uses her voice, body and sometimes music and dance to draw her audience into the imaginative and surprising worlds of the tales she tells. She has been a featured teller at many festivals including the Guadalajara, Mexico Festival and the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival and has performed and taught workshops at colleges, schools, libraries, conferences, festivals, theaters, museums, bookstores, and corporations. She tells stories because they have a way of entertaining, teaching and giving people strength.

Lashon Daley was born and raised in Miami, Florida and enjoys listening to Will Smith’s song about her hometown. She received her M.F.A in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008 and plans to be an author when she grows up. She came to Berkeley to pursue an M.A. in Folklore because she believes that everyone has a story to tell.

January 29, 2013


  • Laurie Guerin, Discombobulated
  • Terry Stokes, Teach Your Children Well
  • Angela Neff, BEACHED  
  • Doug Cordell, The Accidental Cop

MUSIC: Julio Reyes: Classical Guitarist

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

Actress and playwright Angela Neff, will perform an excerpt from Beached, her third solo-play, currently in development at The Marsh. Beached is a provocative and at times hilarious exploration of the choices patients and their families make in the face of extreme illness in a world where Western medicine too often falls short.

Since taking her first workshop with the irrepressible Ann Randolph three years ago, Laurie Guerin has written and performed ten pieces throughout the Bay Area. She loves The Marsh! She also co-produces Word Up, a storytelling venue in Santa Cruz, California.

Terry Stokes is a retired Film Editor turned storyteller, singer and actor. He's performed in a variety of productions since moving to the Bay Area in ‘06. A regular with Never Too Late of Stagebridge, he’s told at Tell It On Tuesday and several other local swaps. Personal adventures and tragedies, fables and fairy tales, and literary stories are among his favorites, although he's never met a good story he didn't like.

Doug Cordell is an Emmy-nominated writer and performer who has appeared at venues in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. His radio stories can be heard on NPR's Snap Judgment and APM's Marketplace, and his writing was recently published in Pieces of a Decade: Brooklyn Rail Nonfiction, 2000-2010. Follow him on Twitter: @DougCordell

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