The spoken word and music meld seamlessly to tell a compelling story in this exciting new collaboration between The Marsh's Charlie Varon and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. Varon's new short story, Second Time Around, has been adapted into a fully-scored duet for both cello and storyteller. Jeanrenaud is known worldwide for her 20 years as cellist with the Kronos Quartet, which included some 30 recordings, as well as for her own Grammy-nominated solo CD Strange Toys and dozens of other collaborative and solo works. Varon is the creator of numerous solo shows, from the long-running Rush Limbaugh in Night School to the recent hit Feisty Old Jew. In Second Time Around, Varon continues his cycle of fictional tales about elderly residents in a San Francisco retirement home, begun in Feisty Old Jew. This new story, told through both words and music, introduces Ben Rosenau, a 92-year-old former bomber pilot in World War II. He's being videotaped by a high school student for a history project, but struggles with which direction to take in sharing his wisdom. Varon and Jeanrenaud created this intimate and groundbreaking work with the help of David Ford, one of the nation's leading directors of solo theater. See what happens when the magic of storytelling joins the soul-stirring music of the cello, at The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Running time is 70 minutes, with no Intermission. It’s best for adults and young people with long attention spans.