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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: The Marsh Unveils New Daily Programming on Marshstream

Jul 10, 2020
As the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place continues, The Marsh San Francisco continues to offer a variety of programming at 7:30pm nightly on MarshStream, its popular broadcast platform. Offerings this month include an adoptee’s riveting work on discovering her birth parents; a look at the power of poetry during a pandemic; a musical piece that explores trauma, resilience, and joy; the examination of an overlooked corner of the Suffrage movement; and more.



The program launched in April and has received overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, with hundreds flocking to view and participate each night. MarshStream programming varies daily, with Monday Night MarshStream (short performances by a variety of artists), Wild Card Tuesdays (everything from book/writer discussions, sing-a-longs, Tell It On Tuesday, to Sound Healing and Restorative Yoga), Wednesday Solo Arts Heal (offering stories of health, advocacy, and inspiration), Stephanie’s MarshStream on Thursday nights (interview, bantering, Q&A, and performance excerpts with Marsh favorites, moderated by Marsh founder Stephanie Weisman), plus Bingo! hosted by Josh Kornbluth, live full-length performance concert readings, archived performance streams, performance development classes, and more.

A noon series includes CJ’s FitnesSing weekly singing lesson and fitness class, plus a Super Slow Weight Training and Zoomba Room. Content is offered at 7:30pm nightly, and mid-day throughout the week via Zoom, YouTube, Instagram, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and iTunes. MarshStream viewers are asked to contribute whatever they can afford. Donations can be made by joining The Marsh’s membership program and via a virtual “tip jar” both on the website, with funds going to support and sustain The Marsh and its performances. For more information, the public may visit www.themarsh.org/marshstream. NOTE: Most past shows from earlier MarshStream dates are also available on the website for viewing.



Monday MarshStream (7:30pm, Monday, July 13) features a beautiful, thirty-minute series of musical pieces presented by Amy Oestreicher Amy Oestreicher is an Audie award-nominated playwright, singer, librettist, and visual artist who dedicates her work to celebrating untold stories and the detours in life that can spark connection and transform communities. For Monday MarshStream, she combines new excerpts from two of her awarding-winning one-woman musicals, Passageways: Songs of Connections, Abnormal & Sublime and Gutless & Grateful.



Wildcard Tuesdays: Barbara Lane’s Book Friends (7:30pm, Tuesday, July 14), hosted by Barbara Lane, features special guests Gillian Conoley, Thea Matthews, Jason Bayani, and Christine No.

Barbara Lane, a San Francisco Chronicle book columnist, will be joined by four contemporary poets who will read and discuss their work, and share why poetry is essential to these troubled times.

Solo Arts Heal (7:30pm, Wednesday, July 15), will be hosted by Gail Schickele. "The Good Adoptee" will be performed by acclaimed Off-Broadway actor Haley Palmer. "The Good Adoptee" is the riveting and outrageous true story of award-winning playwright Suzanne Bachner’s search for her first/birth parents in the face of New York State’s sealed records. Once she opens Pandora’s Box, can she still find a way to integrate her dual identities and still remain “the good adoptee”?



Stephanie’s MarshStream (7:30pm, Thursday, July 16) will be hosted by Stephanie Weisman and will feature and interview with special guest Jessica Litwak. She is a playwright, actor, educator, puppet builder, and recognized leader in the field of socially engaged theatre. Litwak’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and on stages across the US, Europe, and the UK, including The Goodman Theatre, Rattlestick Theatre, The Women’s Project, La MaMa, DR2, The Renberg Theatre, and The Edinburgh Festival.



BINGO! with Josh Kornbluth (7:30pm, Fridays), is hosted by Josh Kornbluth. Audience members are invited to play five FREE games of BINGO! with prizes for the winner of each round.



Solo Performer Spotlight (Saturday, July 18 – LIVE + Sunday, July 19 – Rebroadcast) performed by Jessica Litwak. "50,000 MICE" -- written for the 2020 Centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment, Jessica Litwak’s "50,000 Mice" is a fast-moving, funny, educational, and moving work about an overlooked corner of the Suffrage movement. It examines the many factions of suffrage from the perspective of a Jewish Suffragette trying to reach working-class women who have been mostly ignored by the US movement. Through its many characters, the play offers views from diverse women across the movement.



To simulate the feeling of waiting in the lobby until a theater opens, The Marsh has created the MarshStream Studio Waiting Room. Available 30 minutes prior to each performance/event for Marsh members, and 15 minutes prior to the general public, the Waiting Room can be joined via Zoom Room where guests can mix and mingle, or viewed on YouTube live, with additional entertainment such as unique content, live music, and even prizes.

Photo caption: Acclaimed Off-Broadway actor Haley Palmer will star in Suzanne Bachner’s award-winning, one-woman show "The Good Adoptee." Available to stream on July 15 at themarsh.org, "The Good Adoptee" is the riveting and outrageous true story of Bachner's search for her first/birth parents in the face of New York State’s sealed records. (Photo Courtesy of The Marsh)


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