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The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater
Three blocks from 24th & Mission BART 1062 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110
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Get there somewhat early as the space is small and the seating is tight.
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Ate at Boogaloos across the street. Delicious food.
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89 stars
attended Sep 22 2007

Intense, gripping portrayal of characters, longer than expected (over 2 hours w/intermission)

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 11 2007

Great show - inspiring, humbling, and very well done. Mark's story and his telling of it are definitely something to see and hear.

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Countercoup draws on Mark McGoldrick’s troubled teenage years, the period just before and after a car accident in which he broke much of his body, notably his neck. Brought up in a family of eight children in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, he became every parent’s nightmare. A headstrong youth with more energy than wisdom, he crashed into other people, hard objects, and himself. The year of his injury, he was expelled from school and broke his hands three times in fist fights. It took the accident, and the loyalty of his family, to help him change course.

Spinal-cord injury rehabilitation is a process not dissimilar from boot camp, only harder. McGoldrick goes through it with Jim, a newfound friend whose experience contrasts with his own in tangible and intangible ways, raising possibly unanswerable questions about what makes one person get up and go and another lie down.

Performed and written by Mark McGoldrick

Directed by David Ford

Mark McGoldrick graduated from Harvard Law School following his accident, and then channeled his anti-authoritarian instincts into a life of public service. He has been a Deputy Public Defender for the last 13 years. He still likes to live on the edge, to perform without a safety net, as witnessed by his second career as a performer. His first show at The Marsh, The Golden Hammer: Wounds, Booze, and Forgotten Misconduct, was performed to much critical acclaim in 2005. In 2002, he wrote and performed a group of six short spoken-word pieces, collectively entitled "Public Defense,” based on character sketches from Oakland’s criminal justice system.