At UCSF’s Global Brain Health Institute, Bay Area monologist Josh Kornbluth throws himself headlong into the study of brain disease, on a mission to prove that a nationwide revolution of empathy can reverse our democracy’s political dementia. Along the way he finds his true revolutionary journey is toward something much more personal. Can the science of the Empathy Circuit resolve the most challenging relationship of his life before it’s too late?

Saturday, February 24: Dan Hoyle – “Border People”

Based on conversations and interviews from the South Bronx housing projects courtyards, Refugee Safe Houses on the Northern Border with Canada, and travels along the Southwestern Border and into Mexico, Dan Hoyle shares eleven monologues of people who live on or across borders both geographic and cultural, an intimate, raw, poignant, funny look at the borders we all negotiate in our everyday lives.

Saturday, March 23: Brian Copeland – “Not A Genuine Black Man

Based on Copeland’s childhood, this funny, honest piece recounts the struggles he faced growing up in San Leandro in the 1970s when it was known as one of the most racist suburbs in the country. Copeland and his family faced harassment and isolation in their efforts to carve out their identities in a racially hostile environment. This critically acclaimed exploration of race and identity is a unique blend of laughter, tears, and social commentary and debuted at the Marsh 10 years ago, going on to become the longest-running solo play in San Francisco theatrical history. Successful runs in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway and a bestselling book adaptation followed. In an evening of laughter, tears, and sociology, Brian Copeland explores how our surroundings make us who we are.

Friday, April 5: 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.    “… a beautifully woven tale…utterly engaging and genuinely moving…real artistry and humor” – Winnipeg Free Press PLEASE NOTE:  This event will be videotaped. By attending this event, you consent to be videotaped at the event.

Friday, May 3: Fred Pitts – “Aren’t You?”

Several years ago, Fred found himself on a mission to explore every California Mission. What started out as a ‘geek’s road trip’ became an examination of his fellow tourists and Mission personnel. Some were experts on the Catholic Church, a few experts on Native American history, and others are experts on…everything else. Yet, they all seem to have one thing in common: they are all experts on which famous black person Fred resembles.

Saturday, May 25: Laura Jane Bailey – “The Paris Effect”

A young woman falls in love with Paris, France and begins an obsessive affair with the city. Years later, she brings her husband to Paris to show him The City of Lights.  But things take a terrible turn and Paris becomes jealous and obsessive…and the couple barely makes it out of the city alive!

Sunday, July 21: Mick Berry – “Keith Moon: The Real Me”

Mick Berry as Keith Moon explodes on stage with the turmoil and excitement of the wildest drummer in rock and roll, piercing Moon’s insane exterior to reveal the guts of the time bomb. “Berry’s performance—writer, actor, drummer—is a tour de force…a not to be missed show.” Culture Spot L.A.

Saturday, August 31: Skyler Cooper – “A One Man Show”

In A ONE MAN SHOW Skyler Cooper charts his course of transformation from a Baptist minister’s daughter afraid to tell her parents she like girls, didn’t believe in God, and desperately wished to become a man, through the death of his mother that serves as the unexpected catalyst that sets Skyler on his path toward whom he’s always been.

September 7: Anthony Jefferson – “The Bumpy Road Less Traveled”

A one-person theatre performance by actor and playwright Anthony Michael Jefferson (“AJ”). The powerful performance is drawn from AJ’s experiences over the 23 years he was incarcerated in Soledad State Prison (officially known as “Correctional Training Facility”) – and the road he traveled to and from that prison cell.