Conversations with Remarkable People

In the summer of 2016, I performed my solo play with songs, Lightning in the Brain at The Marsh, San Francisco’s fabled solo performance venue. After many of the shows, I held on-stage conversations with various friends about themes from the play. Here are the edited audio-recordings of those post-show talks. Heartfelt thanks to all who participated and to the wonderful people of The Marsh. I can’t believe how blessed I am to have such brilliant, eloquent and generous friends!  You can listen to each track using the embedded players below, or go to my Soundcloud page for more options.

Susan Moon is a writer and lay Zen teacher living in Berkeley. Her books include the memoir, This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity.

Jonathan Omer-Man a is a writer, editor, translator, lecturer, and rabbi with an abiding interest in Jewish mysticism.

Naomi Newman was a concert singer, television actor, improvisational theater director, and psychotherapist before co-founding Traveling Jewish Theatre, in 1978, with Corey Fischer.  She wrote, directed and performed dozens of original theatre pieces during TJT’s  34 year-long existence.

Jonathan Greenberg is a teacher and scholar based at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School. Jonathan is currently writing a book about Martin Luther King, Jr. (with Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s former lawyer and strategic advisor).

Zoketsu Norman Fischer   is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest. He served as co-abbot of San Francisco Zen Center from 1995-2000. He is presently a Senior Dharma Teacher there, as well as the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation.

Susan Griffin is the author of 21 books including the ecological and feminist classic, Women and Nature and A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of Historical Theology, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, of which she was from 1996 until her retirement in 2002. Her recent books include The World Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought (Blackwell 2005). Her new memoir,  The Long Goodbye: Dementia Diaries, has just been published

Michael Moran is co-founder and  co-artistic Director of  Ubuntu where he has directed and produced over fifteen plays.  Ubuntu is a site-specific theater theater company based in Oakland with a mission to inspire compassion across socio-economic and racial barriers.

China Galland is an award-winning author of several non-fiction works including Love Cemetery, Unburying the Secret History of Slaves (HarperOne).  Galland, who is married to Corey Fischer,  has lectured at Harvard University, Columbia and Cornell among others. She has led pilgrimages in Nepal, India, France and Spain.

Julie Hébert is a playwright, director, screenwriter, producer (American Crime on ABC), and Former Bay Area resident.

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