Advance registration is required, and registration closes 1 hour before the show. Tickets are suggested donation, so choose how much you can give to support The Marsh Theater as it gets ready to go back in person!
ABOUT THE SHOW:
1900. The Island of Crete. Archaeologists unearth tablets with mysterious writing. Does it hold the secrets of the legendary Labyrinth, the Minotaur, and Ariadne, who helped the hero Theseus kill the beast?
A working-class woman in New York and a rich male architect in London made history solving the mystery. But versions of that history differ. How much can a woman do? Will she get credit? Does she even want it?
It’s a mystery about deciphering ancient languages and messed-up mythology and whether the past has anything to teach us anyway?
SHARON EBERHARDT’s previous solo performances, Crazy Famous and Savage Arts, were both performed at The Marsh and at Fringe festivals in Canada. Her plays for other actors have been performed in NY and across the U.S. She is working on a nonfiction book for kids about Million Dollar Math Problems –seven math mysteries with $1,000,000 prizes. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
It’s a mystery about deciphering ancient writing and twisted mythology and whether the past has anything to teach us anyway?
1900. The Island of Crete. Archaeologists unearth tables with mysterious writing they call. Does it hold the secrets of the legendary Labyrinth, the Minotaur, and Ariadne, who helped the hero Theseus kill the beast? A working-class woman in New York and a rich male architect in London made history solving the mystery. But versions of that history differ. How much can a woman do? Will she get credit? Does she even want it?
No reservation needed, no ticket required, but The Marsh asks for donations to help pay for streaming… until the theater can reopen in-person. I hope you can check it out!
April 12th, I’m doing part 1 of the story on a bill with 3 other performers from a workshop with director David Ford: Karen Ripley, Mick Renner and Ginger Parnes. May 3rd will be just me, the full show,
Who was the first to set out the rules of chance? We don’t know the names of the North African mathematicians who first used probability to decipher codes during the middle ages. The first European to write it down, hundreds of years later, was Girolamo Cardano. He applied his knowledge at the gambling tables.
“Squeaker” was originally commissioned by SFMoMA and was performed at the museum for Storytelling at the Museum. April 27th, 2020, I performed it at home, via Zoom, for The Marsh’s virtual Monday Night Marshstream.
In 1993, the Hardest Math Problem in the world, according to Guinness Book of World’s Records, was solved after over 200 years. Math professor Andrew Wiles had worked on it secretly because most mathematicians thought it impossible to solve. It took years of work, but he won $750,000 in prizes for solving the problem – which he had first tried to solve when he was 10 years old.
There are more math problems with big prizes attached. In 2000, Seven Millennium Prize Problems were chosen, with a one million dollar prize for each. One was solved in 2002, although the winner turned down the prize money. The satisfaction of proving the problem was enough reward, he said.
That leaves 6 big-ticket prizes for six big problems.
What kind of math problems could be worth $1,000,000 dollars?
It’s not the math you learn in school. Elementary school and middle school math is over 1,000 years old. Even high school math is hundreds of years old. Imagine if our study of art, literature and history stopped at pictures of people in wigs, English with “Thee” and “thou,” and the American Revolution. Or if you were told you need to learn to play music and sports because they’ll be important later in life, but were not allowed to play or spectate music or games, only do scales and repetitive drills. Most school math is drills and scales and rules. Millennium Problem math is music and games, making your own rules.
Mathematicians say their subject is creative, playful, and elegant. It makes and breaks rules, explains patterns, reveals unseen connections.
Find out how Math went thousands of years without numbers.
Learn how not to be tricked by people who know more math than you.
Understand more about probability and how to win at dice and cards.
Stretch your mind around hyperspace and multi-dimensional worlds.
Wonder whether you could solve a Million Dollar Math Problem
Join us Saturday, December 9th for our monthly community storytelling night.
Bridget Frederick, reads Better Off
Did you have a best friend when you were young? This is a story about finding love when love is hard to find. Bridget has written and performed 8 solo shows. She is the co-founder and producer of the hit storytelling series Tell It on Tuesday, now in its 12th year at The Marsh, Berkeley. Tell It on Tuesday celebrates the expression of individual voices by promoting the art of storytelling and solo performance.
As ever, there will be playful literary exercises and yummy snacks. Have some treats, listen, create and connect!
Door opens for drinks and snacks 7:00, reading 7:30 (Suggested donation: $20)
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for our monthly community storytelling night.
Rebecca Black, poet and professor
Reading from Archival Reel, a documentary long poem that unfolds over six months in Georgia, 1962. Originally from Albany, Georgia, Rebecca now lives in Albany, California, where she is the city’s poet laureate. Her first book, Cottonlandia, won a Juniper prize.
As ever, there will be playful literary exercises, and yummy snacks. Be ready to have some treats, listen, create and connect!
Door opens for drinks and snacks 7:00, reading 7:30 (Suggested donation: $10)