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!

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Producers:
Bridget Frederick, Rebecca Fisher

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

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TELL IT ON TUESDAY ARCHIVES - 2016

November 29th, 2016

STORIES:

  • David Caggiano, “Gangsters in Freaky Land”
  • Eliza Gibson,  "Bravo 25"
  • Jeanne Haynes, “My Mrs. Witte”
  • Doug Cordell, "The Accidental Cop (Part 1)"

MUSIC: Randy Craig (Piano) and Wayne Harris (Vocals)

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

Randy Craig has been around too long and written far too many scores for theater and film, but he still does it despite better judgment. Come see the band at The Marsh Cabaret in Berkeley on Wednesday nights. Randy always finds it a pleasure to work and hang with Wayne Harris, a musician, singer, solo performer and teacher who graces the TIOT stage regularly with stories and music.

David Caggiano is a playwright and solo performer. David's plays include: "Walk Like A Man" at the Noh Space, One acts: "The Arrival," "The Tinker," and "The Prophet" at the Soma Theatre. David's solo show "Jurassic Ark" won Best of San Francisco Fringe 2012, and ran for 5 weeks at the EXIT Theater with sold out shows in Edmonton Fringe.

Eliza Gibson is a writer and solo performer based in San Francisco. 

Jeanne Haynes celebrates her 20th anniversary as a storyteller with tonight’s performance. Impassioned by a Stagebridge storytelling seminar in November 1996, she abandoned her media relations business for performance venues ranging from Children’s Fairyland to Bay Area and SF Theater Festivals, and SF Brava. A schools resident artist, she has taught some 3,500 youth.  Her adult students number 400+ thru ongoing Stagebridge classes, plus private performance coaching. jhaynestory@scglobal.net

Doug Cordell is an Emmy-nominated writer, solo performer and public radio storyteller on Snap Judgment and Marketplace


October 25th, 2016
Annual Stagebridge Partnership Performance

 

STORIES:

  • Albertina Padilla, “Me and the Robin”
  • Sally Holzman, “Grandma’s Golem”
  • Kiran Rana, “Early Stories of Krishna, the God Made of Love”
  • Jeff Byers, “Viskovitz, Dung Beetle”
  • Linda Wright, “The Man on Liberty Street”
  • Harry Santi, “Songs Have Been an Important Part of my Life”

MUSIC: Karin Sellinger, acoustic guitar

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

Karen Sellinger to is a local classical guitarist who loves to offer her music to add a touch of warmth and elegance to any gathering.
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Albertina Padilla hails from the Central Coast of California. She loves long walks and hearing stories. Lots and lots of stories.

A newspaper ad brought Sally Holzman to the Stagebridge storytelling program. The experience of creating personal stories and the challenge of recreating the stories of others has enriched her retirement and hopefully brought joy to a wide range of listeners. 

Kiran Rana is a Sufi teacher and musician who, in the last year, has found great joy in telling stories that bring different parts of the world together.

Jeff Byers tells stories at the Asian Art Museum, on various Bay Area stages, and in classrooms, kindergarten through college. He’s appeared numerous times at Tell It On Tuesday and is happy to be back with colleagues from Stagebridge.

Linda Wright is a passionate and talented storyteller. She tells mesmerizing tales from around the world at museums, libraries, schools and daycare centers.

Harry Santi has always loved entertaining and telling stories.


September 27th, 2016

STORIES:

  • Sheila Stanfield, “Connective Tissue”
  • Kurt Bodden, “Craigslist Diaries”
  • Jan Goodman, “The Kiss”
  • Jill Vice, “A Fatal Step”

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 has released 5 CDs of original music. Aside from being a performing singer/songwriter/guitarist, Lowe is an independent radio producer and mother to Finn, her own personal tree sprite. The East Bay Express pegged Lowe’s music as “dream-pop-meets-indie-folk”, and she doesn’t object to that description. www.vanessalowe.com

Sheila Stanfield is a vocalist, voice teacher, writer and performer living the life of an intrepid optimist in the small town of Sonoma where many know her name, her singing through life, her disappointments, her hopes and her dreams coming true. She loves to explore the clarity of her voice writing and performing her one-woman shows.

Kurt Bodden's last solo show, a self-help satire called "Steve Seabrook: Better Than You" ran for six months at the Marsh. He has performed improv, standup, sketch comedy, and storytelling from the Edinburgh Fringe to the motel bars of Montana. Formerly an industrial designer, he's now branching into User Experience Design (it's a thing).

Jan M Goodman retired a year ago after 41 years of service in public education. Finally, she had time to more deeply pursue her interests in the performing arts, particularly storytelling, improvisation, and singing. The Kiss is a tale of obstacles faced on her path to love and romance during the Sixties.

Jill Vice is not only an actress, but a director and acting coach for many new and unusual solo shows (Elaine Magree's "Holding the Edge", Rebecca Fisher's "The Magnificence of the Disaster", Lisa Rothman's "Date Night at Pet Emergency" and Marga Gomez's "Pound" to name a few). Her previous one-woman show, "Tipped & Tipsy" was praised by critics and audiences for its performances at the 2013 SF Fringe Festival where it won Best of Fest. "Tipped & Tipsy" went on to have an extended run at the Marsh in San Francisco and has been touring the United States and Canada ever since. JillVice.com


August 30th, 2016

STORIES:

  • Bruce Pachtman, "So When Did You Start Speaking in the 3rd Person?”
  • Liz Nichols, "Spirited Away: Shivery Tales for Hot Summer Nights"
  • Stacy Andrade, "Tee-Vee"
  • Wayne Harris, "Into Palestine" (excerpt)

MUSIC: Sandra Wieder with Richard Owen, Singer/Songwriter tunes, guitar, harmonica & vocals

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

Sandra Wieder is a prolific writer and performer of original and unique songs that delight and touch audiences with beautiful melodies and heartfelt, poetic lyrics. Sandra’s on guitar and vocals, and Richard Owen is on harmonica. Web: sandrawieder.com.

Born in the Bronx, Liz Nichols got lost in the Folklore & Mythology section of the public library at age ten and hasn't found her way out yet! Bringing her teaching and cross-cultural background to storytelling, she’s enchanted audiences of all ages from SF’s Asian Art Museum to the Washington Folklore Festival. She’s a Master Trainer in TimeSlips Creative Storytelling for people with memory loss, and former Director of Storytelling Programs at Stagebridge. www.liznichols.net.

Bruce Pachtman co-wrote “So When Did You Start Speaking in the 3rd Person?” with W. Kamau Bell, and Kenny Yun providing acting coaching. Bruce’s first solo show, “don’t make me look too psychotic” was developed with Club Solo and directed by W. Kamau Bell.  It ran for 300 performances in SF, Philadelphia and LA.

Stacy Andrade has been a Bay Area performer for almost thirty years of stand-up, improv, plays, and voice-overs. She’s written a book of short stories, and book two is due out next year. She’s also working on a one-woman show that will preview in 2017, and she wrote and performed a short film that's available on her website: staceyandrade.yolasite.com.

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 5 full length plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects. Wayne is also the director of The Marsh Youth Theater.


Tell It On Tuesday AUDITION

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

When: Sunday, August 28th, 10am-12pm (note: you must be available to stay the entire time)

Where: We will give you details after you sign up!

Sign up: Send your request to bridget.frederick@gmail.com

Prepare: 10 minutes or less - either a short piece, or an excerpt from a longer piece.

Invite: A friend! Please bring a friend along for encouragement and to increase the audience size.


July 26th, 2016

STORIES:

  • Jeremy Greco, “Keeping Up With the Jorgensons” 
  • Mark McGoldrick, “The Golden Hammer, Wounds, Booze, Forgotten Misconduct
  • Patricia Farrell, “Hostage”
  • Ruth Halpern, “Grandma Elsie Loves Lists”

MUSIC: Boundless Gratitude, Guitar and vocals, Musical Storytelling

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

Boundless Gratitude is a grandfather who used to entertain his children with homespun musical stories. When his children grew up and moved out, he had to learn to tune his guitar so that he could play for other people, which he has been doing for about seventeen years now. He has written about a hundred original pieces and about the same number of interpretations of various standards, mostly ballads, and continues to study music. He is just completing a major creative project that has kept him away from performing for the last three years, and is also in the process of re-interpreting, re-recording and re-issuing a number of his earlier works.

Jeremy Greco's first solo show, With Held, played at the Marin Fringe Festival, where Greco won a Best Actor award for his portrayal of mail artist, John Held Jr, The SF Fringe Festival and as part of the Marsh Rising Series.

For a day job, Mark McGoldrick has worked as a Public Defender in Alameda County for over 20 years, representing poor people enmeshed in the criminal justice system. He has staged two full-length performance pieces at The Marsh: Countercoup (2007) and The Golden Hammer (2005). He is currently re-mounting The Golden Hammer. On the side, he likes to go places and do stuff, eat dinner with his wife and watch his kids grow.

Patricia Farrell is creating a solo musical play called “Hostage”. She has performed as a clown, singer/songwriter and gamelan musician.  She used to create animated musical stories for children.  In 2013, she released an album of songs entitled “Yes and No”. patriciafarrell.com

Ruth Halpern has been a professional spoken word performer for over 20 years. In addition to personal stories, she tells traditional folktales, and improvised stories made up on the spot. She hopes that at the end of her story, you’ll say, “Oh, Ruthie dear, that was so stimulating!”


June 28th, 2016

STORIES:

  • Cheryl Kann, "Mug-Up"
  • Karin Werner, “The Road Not Taken”
  • Maureen Langan, “Daughter of a Garbage Man”
  • Tom Ammiano, “Tales From The Crypt”

MUSIC: Jeremy and Rick, A Guitar and Saxophone jazz duo

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

Jeremy and Rick were band members for Wayne Harris’s, Tyrone “Shortleg” Johnson and Some White Boys at The Marsh, SF. They are members of No Cover Band with regular gigs at McNally’s Pub on College Ave in Oakland and have played as a jazz duo at Dogwood in Oakland.

Cheryl Kann began storytelling at an early age in front of a captivated audience of neighborhood kids and hasn't stopped talking since. Currently writing and performing solo works to take to fringe festivals, she is also in an improve duo, "Denouement," that performs unscripted narratives throughout the bay area. This is Cheryl's first scripted solo show and she’s honored to share the stage with tonight's performers.

Karin Werner began her life-long love of stories when she received her first library card in Cody, Wyoming. She reaches back into mythology and memory to create her own unique style. Based in Pinole she also conducts Intergenerational Story Circles and Memoir Writing Workshops. Karin is active in the Storytelling Association of California and recently stepped down from her position as Board Chair.

Maureen Langan is a standup comic and KGO Radio talk show host (Sun 1-3pm). “Daughter of a Garbage Man” will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Aug. She splits her time between NYC and SF.

Tom Ammiano, long-time San Francisco LGBT activist, comic teacher, and elected official, is a grandfather, a queen, and a lefty. He appreciates the opportunity the Emerald City has given him to pursue his goal of public service.


May 31st, 2016

STORIES:

  • Howard Petrick, “V.R. Dunne” (excerpt)
  • Phil Surkis, "I'll Try It For A Year"
  • Marion Lovinger, “To be or not to be, telle est la question!”
  • Erica Lann-Clark, “Grandpa and the Nazis”

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's music can be heard occasionally on public radio stations and in strange places like Kentucky Fried Chicken stores in England. Under his legal name, Stuart Rojstaczer, he is mostly known as a novelist, geophysicist, and grade inflation expert. His novel, The Mathematician's Shiva (Penguin Books), won the 2014 National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction.

This is Howard Petrick’s third show about his life in the 1960s. His critically acclaimed Breaking Rank and Never Own Anything You Have to Paint or Feed have been performed at twenty-eight theater festivals throughout North America. He has been performing since 2008 and is glad to be back at Tell It On Tuesday.

Phil Surkis is a comedian, solo performer and a producer. He regularly performs in the Solo Sundays series at Stage Werx. He both produces and performs at his comedy showcase, Grey Matter, and he is a producer on W. Kamau Bell's talk show, Kamau Right Now!

When Marion Lovinger came from Paris to San Francisco 18 years ago, she did not imagine that one day she would be performing her own writing in English. Her background was in theater and she was used to a text provided and partners to rehearse with. Thanks to the Marsh, she discovered what she wanted the most in life: to make people laugh. And that you do not need an extraordinary life to have something to say.

Erica Lann-Clark is a storyteller, solo performer, writer and teacher.  She’s performed across the country from NYC to LA to Jonesborough, TN to right here tonight.  She worked as Director of Storytelling for Stagebridge from 2000 to 2006. She’s teaming up tonight with Asaf Ophir, a woodwind player. In Israel Asaf played in musicals and in klezmer bands. In the Bay Area, Asaf plays in jazz and klezmer bands and accompanies Erica’s Jewish stories.


April 26th, 2016

STORIES:

  • Diane Barnes, “My Stroke of Luck”
  • Tiffany Doesken, “Just Like A Woman”
  • Elaine Magree, “Holding the Edge”
  • Terry Stokes, "Bump in the Night”

MUSIC: A Few Guys Playing Music: acoustic blues, bluegrass, and Americana Jared Karol, Sean Dougan, & Scott Underwood

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

Diane Barnes is an actor and performer of solo work. Meisner trained, she also completed ACT Summer Training Congress, and studied with Anna Deveare Smith. In her first incarnation, she was a physician specializing in diagnostic radiology.

Tiffany Doesken was born and raised in San Francisco into a “non-traditional family”, which taught her to have an acceptance of the unusual. She received an MFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her films have screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival, New York Anthology Film Archives, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and many more both in the US and Internationally. She is currently working on a stop-motion animation film and writing solo-performance work.

Elaine Magree’s work has been seen at The Marsh, The Magic Theatre, The Working Women’s Theatre Festival, Brava, The People’s Theatre Festival, The National Women’s Theatre Festival and the 54th St Theatre in New York. She has taught theatre at community colleges, The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and in homeless shelters, recovery programs, and women's prison.

Terry Stokes began storytelling when he told his first alibi. He grew up listening to his father telling stories, and eventually turned in a 30 year career as an Editor in Hollywood – refining the art of cinematic storytelling by splicing bits of film together. He retired, moved to El Cerrito in '06, and his wife encouraged him to switch to the other side of the lens, get up on his feet, and start telling stories to live audiences. Once again, he's very pleased and honored to be back at T.I.O.T. in front of one of the best audiences in the Bay Area.

A Few Guys Playing Music is made up of Jared Karol, Sean Dougan, and Scott Underwood. Jared is a fingerstyle blues and bluegrass guitarist, and more recently a bass player in, of all things, a reggae band. He used to play in Sound of Sirens, a Marin-based Americana band, where he met Scott, an outstanding bass player who has been playing in the Bay Area for decades. Sean is a mandolin and guitar player who used to play regularly in the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe music scenes. Jared and Sean have played far and wide together, most notably in Jared's basement and Sean's living room.


March 29th, 2016

STORIES:

  • Ron Jones, “Naked Zombie”
  • Rebecca Fisher, “The Magnificence of the Disaster”
  • Barbara Selfridge, "Stalking Grace”
  • Ellen Kaufman, “1984” 

MUSIC: Rachel Efron, Singer/Songwriter/Pianist

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

Rachel Efron is an Oakland-based singer/songwriter/pianist who offers a refreshingly new take on the classic song form. Her melodies captivate, her chord progressions have momentum born from deep-seated sensibilities in both the genres of classical and jazz, and her lyrics offer what we long for in any artist - intimate access to a wildly distinct experience of the world.

Ron Jones lives in San Francisco where he shares his life with wife Deanna, grandchildren, and a basement full of books. He has authored a dozen books three of which have been made into feature film, TV specials, and theatric plays performed internationally. He loves basketball, breakfast at Mel's with friends, and being with his grandchildren. www.ronjoneswriter.com 

Rebecca Fisher is a director, producer and performer of solo work. She has directed shows at The Exit, SF Fringe Festival and The Marsh. She recently created the Marsh Writing Cabaret which is on the second Tuesday of every month. She is excited about performing at TIOT, a series she co-created and continues to co-produce. 

Bárbara Selfridge will always be a Grace Paley protegée, but she's left the short story. Now she writes and performs solo pieces, which is a million times harder and not that different. See her this year at Fringe Festivals in Fresno, Winnipeg and Chicago, performing either "Stalking Grace" or "Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures."

Ellen Kaufman is now happily “rewired” after spending 40 years working in the health care industry. Although she’s been telling stories for years, she discovered storytelling as an art form in 2014 and finds it thrilling to explore her past through this creative lens.


February 23rd, 2016

STORIES:

  • Beth McLaughlin, “Cocky”
  • Liz Macera, “I’ve Accepted Everyone’s Death but My Own”
  • Andre LeMont Wilson, "The Black Dude Dies First."
  • Scott Sanders, "Apophenia, The Donner Party & Me"
  • Leslie Scatchard, "Leap"

MUSIC: Captain Heat and the Nightshades
Trio performing an instrumental blend of jazzy blues and country funk

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

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

Liz Macera, drawing on over 40 years of experience as a nurse explores the heartbreaks, antics, and taboos surrounding the one event waiting for us all. Liz currently works as a palliative care nurse practitioner. With this piece she hopes to open discussion about death and dying.

Andre Le Mont Wilson performs stories at festivals, story swaps, and open mics throughout the Bay Area. In "The Black Dude Dies First," Wilson recounts his first performance on stage in a grammar school's Bicentennial production in which, you know… He is honored to perform at Tell It On Tuesday.

Scott Sanders is an ex-actor / ex-New Yorker who moved to the left coast 15 years ago and is still wrestling with cross-cultural challenges. Scott introduced graffiti / urban tagging to the Inner Mongolian territories. He's scored multiple StorySLAM wins at The Moth and told tales for NPR's Snap Judgement, Fireside, Porchlight, BustingOut Storytelling and LitQuake and multiple Moth Mainstage events. 

Leslie Scatchard grew up in a family where the ability to tell a funny story about your day was a valued asset at the dinner table. She went on to spend twenty years acting on stage, and found a perfect marriage of these two talents in creating and performing solo shows. Leslie is a regular at West Side Stories, a storytelling venue in Petaluma.


January 26th, 2016

STORIES:

  • Barbara Newman, “At the End of the World”
  • Neshama Franklin, “Snakey”
  • Harry Hall, “Candice and Marian”
  • Jeff Greenwald, “Why We Travel”

MUSIC: Michele Walther, violin and looping pedal. 
Jazz, world music, and original compositions

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

Michele Walther is a performer, composer, arranger, and educator in the Bay Area who has toured throughout Europe and North America with Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull, Gloria Estefan, Joe Lovano, Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D’Rivera), Resonance, Tangonero, Pablo Ablanedo Septet. she earned her M.M. at the Conservatory of Music in Basel, Switzerland, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in jazz violin performance.

Barbara Newman is a doctor of Family and Emergency Medicine, who has practiced in Africa (Sudan and Angola), India, southern Mexico, and the Caribbean. Her stories relate her experiences in these places, with all their joys, sorrows, and contradictions. She has performed at the Marsh SF and Berkeley.

Neshama Franklin has been telling stories since she could talk, got into the biz officially at her local library where she still works, tells folktales and personal tales in equal measure (they're all "true" to her), has appeared often at The Moth, and is thrilled to be back at Tell It On Tuesday for her ninth appearance. She also has a book review blog at the Marin County Free Library website and a program on KWMR in West Marin.

Harry Hall has been pursuing storytelling for 6 years. Having played to audiences at SF Fringe 2014 and the Marsh San Francisco and Berkeley with his solo piece Blues for Charles, he expands on that narrative and gives voice to the voiceless.

Jeff Greenwald is an Oakland-based author and journalist whose books include Shopping for Buddhas and Snake Lake. He will be performing his solo show “Strange Travel Suggestions” at the San Leandro Library in March (bestofsolo.com)

 






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