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:  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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Tell it on Tuesday
Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Music 7:00pm
Stories: 7:30

Please note the following:

  1. Tickets can now be purchased at the door
  2. (To buy tickets in advance CLICK HERE)


  • Bill Zarchy,  Ecstasy at the Altar
  • Natacha Ruck,  Surprise Movie Night
  • Brian Leonard,  Therapist Zero

MUSICAL GUEST: Duncan Carling, Instrumental Jazz and Blues

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

Duncan Carling is a lawyer, guitarist, and exasperated parent of teenagers. In his spare time, he enjoys carbohydrates and looking at his phone. He lives in Oakland. 

Bill Zarchy circumnavigated the globe many times during his 40 years as a cinematographer, as captured in his memoir, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil.  Now he likes to write novels and tell tales about his work and travels across six continents. Bill's debut novel is Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale. He is a graduate of the EPIC Storytelling Program at Stagebridge in Oakland.

Natacha Ruck's solo show “You're good for nothing... I’ll milk the cow myself,” was developed at the Marsh and StageWerx and is headed to Fresno and Montreal this Spring.  She’s developing a new hour-long show based on her experiences as an interpreter at international film festivals.

Brian Leonard is an actor, writer, and director who lives in Oakland with his much more talented wife and much, much smarter daughter. He’s written comedy for BBC Radio, was a story consultant for Pixar, and had a long career in stand-up, appearing on numerous brick-wall shows (the San Jose Mercury says that Brian is “… one of San Francisco’s most intelligent and funniest comedians.”) His stage work includes SF Shakespeare, Center Repertory, Theaterworks, and George Coates Performance Works, among others. You can see Brian in the films “Bottle Shock,” “Bee Season,” and “The Bachelor.”

Tell it on Tuesday
Tuesday, March 26, 2024


Andrew Potter: singer/songwriter, guitar


Janet Thornburg, Plum Ascending

Have you ever heard the voice of your mom or dad inside your head, saying something like, “You really should do your taxes before you continue binge-watching The Great British Bake-Off”? Some call it the voice of the superego, but others consider it the voice of one of your sub-personalities. Enter the colorful inner world of Hannah, Raisin, Plum, Mauve, Rosie, and Wild Child, and see how a group of sub-personalities navigates the challenges of aging and how they reach a temporary resolution on Halloween.

Elaine Magree, OTHER

Elaine sets out with an ex- nun and a box of ashes to untangle the story of her mixed heritage. From the museums of Portland to The Columbia River Basin homeland, she journeys into outrage, irreverence and, finally, forgiveness.

Barbara Saunders, You and I While We Can

How do you keep your schooling from getting in the way of your education? You find the teachers hidden in plain sight, write your own lessons, and take the kinds of risks you know you shouldn't. 

Bennet Caffee, The Catacombs (excerpt)

When twenty-one year old Bennet Caffee is admitted to a psych ward they have his name wrong as Dayle Bennet and he’s sure it’s a sign. From now on he’s just “Bennet” and he knows why he’s there. He just can’t talk about it.


Andrew Potter hails from Jamestown, Rhode Island, and delivers great syncopated finger-style guitar work in blues, jazz, and folk genres. His latest album, "I Haunt My Own House” is co-written with his long-time cohort, Mr. Wheeler Cole. Potter's driving syncopated guitar style and Cole's snarky and sublime lyrics create vivid musings on family, love, hope, fate and regret.

Janet Thornburg has written and performed eight full-length solo shows in San Francisco. Most recently, she presented two new pieces, How’d You Get That Baby? (2022) and The Worry-O-Meter (2023at The Marsh and at StageWerx Theatre in San Francisco. www.janetthornburg.com  

Elaine Magree is a Founder’s Fellow at ThreeGirlsTheatre. She has acted and directed at Bay Area Theatres, up and down the west coast and in New York City. Her solo shows were twice nominated for Theatre Bay Area Awards. Her first solo show, OTHER, will be presented at Marin Shakespeare Company on April 5.

Barbara Saunders writes about the intersection of (auto)biography, history, and myth. She has featured at Monday Night Marsh, poetry readings, and storytelling events in the Bay Area. Barbara's writing a memoir about her youth in the hopes of accelerating the journey to her second childhood.

Bennet Caffee’s storytelling highlights his experiences with bipolar disorder. He has performed his full length show “My First Miracle – adventures in bipolar disorder” to critical acclaim at numerous Fringe Festivals across the US and Canada. Presently he plans to continue touring festivals with his new show “Orange you glad to be in Miami?” which premiered last August at the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. www.bennetcaffee.com


Tell it On Tuesday
Bridget Frederick and Rebecca Fisher

bridget.frederick@gmail.com and rebecca@rebeccamfisher.com

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