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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: The Marsh Presents Jeff Greenwald's "108 Beloved Objects" as Part of The Solo Performer Spotlight Series

May 01, 2021
What do a pink elephant, a Cuban beer bottle, and a brass Krishna statue have in common? All are among the "108 Beloved Objects" featured in author/journalist Jeff Greenwald’s new one-man show that rethinks how individuals interact with the material world, available to stream on The Marsh’s digital platform, MarshStream.

After his travel assignments were squashed by COVID-19, Greenwald decided to take an inward journey around his Oakland flat, picking out 108 objects that evoked personal passages. Greenwald ultimately parts with these items and recreates the popular “grab bag” option from his critically acclaimed show "Strange Travel Suggestions," inviting five audience members to pick one object that catches their eye from a grid of 16 images. Whether it’s a toy camera or a dolphin tooth necklace, each item has a fascinating tale to tell, showcasing a series of unexpected encounters and surprising destinations that are both funny and deeply personal.

Immediately following the performance Greenwald will be joined by The Marsh Founder/Artistic Director Stephanie Weisman for an exclusive Q&A. "108 Beloved Objects" will be streamed 7:30pm (PDT), Saturday, May 29. For more information, please visit www.themarsh.org/marshstream.



Jeff Greenwald’s hit solo show "Strange Travel Suggestions" premiered at the Marsh San Francisco in 2003, and was most recently staged as part of Brian Copeland’s “Best of San Francisco Solo” series in 2018. He is the author of eight books, including Shopping for Buddhas and The Size of the World. He recently co-authored The Nine Gifts with Christine Marie Mason, and Out of Nothing with Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey. Greenwald is the Executive Director of the Ethical Traveler, a non-profit global alliance dedicated to creating positive global change through travel. He lives in Oakland, California.

MarshStream launched in April 2020 and has received overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, garnering over 80,000 viewers over the past year. Notable MarshStream moments thus far include the debut of MarshStream International Solo Fest, The Marsh’s first- ever digital festival, and the U.S. premiere of The Invisible Line, a new documentary about one of the world’s most famous social experiments gone wrong.

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 and performance excerpts, moderated by The Marsh Founder/Artistic Director Stephanie Weisman), BINGO! hosted by Josh Kornbluth, and weekend Solo Performance Spotlight featuring live full-length performances. MarshStream also offers performance development classes, a noon series that includes CJ’s FitnesSing weekly singing lesson/fitness class, and a Zoomba Room. Content is typically offered at 7:30pm nightly, and mid-day throughout the week via Zoom and YouTube LIVE. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic MarshStream has hosted over 500 LIVE streams, providing some 200 performers a platform to continue developing and producing art.

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” on the website, with funds going to support The Marsh and its artists. For more information, the public may visit www.themarsh.org/marshstream. NOTE: Most performance streams from earlier MarshStream dates are also available on the website for viewing.

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Photo caption: Jeff Greenwald’s new one-man show, "108 Beloved Objects," rethinking how individuals interact with the material world, is available to stream May 29 via MarshStream. (Photo Credit Bobby Lee Photography)


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