Identity Crisis: Porchlight's 14th Anniversary Romp!

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Porch Light

Jul 19, 2016, 10:48:02 AM7/19/16
to Arline Klatte

Who am I?

It's a queston that never fails to amuse, confuse, bewilder, and humble us as we plunk along our journey on this earth. To what end, no one knows. To paraphrase Oliver Sacks, it is an enormous privilege and adventure to be a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet. And you are free to have canned fish for lunch every day, if you wish. 

As Porchlight celebrates fourteen years of personal storytelling onstage, we look to a theme where storytellers can choose to reflect or freak out on the whats, whys, and hows of who they think they are. 

Executive strategist Karla Martin

Writer/performer/psychic hotline operator Ben McCoy

Cousins author Mary Roach and bookbinder Dominic Riley

Mythbusters legend Adam Savage

writer and actor Moon Zappa

final storyteller to be determined at Hemlock Tavern Open Door Show on Monday, 7/25!


Raised in Detroit, Karla Martin is a Bay Area-based seasoned executive strategist and business advisor with a successful track record of helping CEOs on their most significant strategic and operating decisions.  She was most recently the Director of Global Business Strategy at Google and prior to that had a 17-year career at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was a Vice President. She is a past board member of the San Francisco Ballet and the Stern Grove Festival Association and is a current Advisory Board Member of businesses including Rocksbox, 3VR Video Intelligence Platform, Indoor Atlas, Onor, and Purple Squirrel.  Ms. Martin is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School

Ben McCoy is a writer, performer, psychic hotline operator, reader of the tarot, and fashion inspiration. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and has been holding it down in the Tenderloin for the past ten years. She guest edited the latest issue of Art 21 magazine, a publication for insightful writing on contemporary art and artists. Ben hails from Kentucky from the legendary feuding family, a tale which she told at a past Porchlight performance. 

Mary Roach is the Oakland-based bestselling author of six books of nonfiction. Her most recent Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. She will be telling a story with her cousin Dominic Riley.

Dominic Riley reigned at the World Champion of Bookbinding in 2015. He has many claims to fame, including once owning Nancy Reagan's plastic surgeon's slippers, being descended from a Catholic saint who was burnt at the stake in 1600, and having once been baby-sitter to the future Queen of England. He lives in the UK and travels to San Francisco each summer to teach at the Center for the Book.

Adam Savage is an internationally renowned maker, television producer, host, and public speaker. His mother is a psychologist, his father was a celebrated artist, painter and filmmaker. From the youngest age they encouraged his flights of fancy. Adam has been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, modelmaker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer and director. He spent 6 years in theater and 10 years in commercial and film special effects working for clients such as Nike, Corning, Hershey's, and Coca-Cola, and films like Star Wars, the Matrix films, A.I., Space Cowboys, Terminator 3, and Galaxy Quest . Adam has built everything from theater sets for Berkeley Rep, to miniature particle accelerators. From spaceships to animatronic arms. He's made Rube Goldberg machines, hand props, and spacesuits. Adam's online videos have generated over 200 million page views. He's written articles, book reviews, and columns for Popular Mechanics, the Wall Street Journal and Wired Magazine, and Make Magazine, among many others. He was an executive producer and co-star of the 8 time Emmy nominated program Mythbusters, which produced 270 episodes that aired in over 120 countries for 14 years. Adam shares his builds, his love for movies, props, costumes, and passion for the transformative power of making on his award winning website He lives in San Francisco with his wife Julia, his twin boys Thing1 and Thing2, and two amazing dogs.

Moon Zappa is a writer and actor. Along with her dad, legendary composer/musician Frank Zappa, she helped create the international "Valley Girl" craze with their 1982 hit Valley Girl. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter Mathilda.
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