Venue Details

The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater
Three blocks from 24th & Mission BART 1062 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 22 members
Review from Ken in Kensington
278 events 186 reviews

The play showed more promise than performance with the exception of the Bollywood dance in ACT 1; that was a blast. The production is too long, and the venue is marginal. The show started late -- never a good sign regarding professionalism. A...continued

reviewed Dec 29 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Dahlia
18 events 13 reviews

Great to see these multi-talented young people! We all enjoyed it. Entertaining and educational. A lot of work went into this production. Bravo.

reviewed Dec 30 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from runningwater
24 events 12 reviews

The Marsh Theater and Siddhartha are awesome!!!... Took my daughter, and nieces. We enjoyed the show. Great performance for youngsters to watch!... Will visit the Marsh more often!

reviewed Dec 22 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from jimbo
78 events 8 reviews

What a marvelous performance from all perspectives!

reviewed Dec 23 2010 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Magical… Gorgeous…. Uplifts your spirits. Not to be missed.” —San Francisco Bay Times
See a video clip from a prior production of the show.


The Marsh Youth Theater (MYT) is proud to present its holiday production of Siddhartha, The Bright Path.

Prince Siddhartha’s journey to become the Buddha is told in parallel with that of Chandra, a modern-day San Francisco girl who, surrounded by a mass of birthday party gifts, finds herself posing similar questions about the value of material things and the reasons for human suffering. The two meet under the Bodhi tree, on the banks of the Ganges River, where Buddha helps her find her own brand of enlightenment. The show is flavored with Indian music, art, kathak dance and a Bollywood dance scene.

This musical requires multiple skills of the enthusiastic young artists, including acting, singing and a variety of Indian dancing techniques. There are no adult performers. The cast of 24 ranges in age from 10 to 16 and from up-and-coming young actors to Vishnu Balunsat, a San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker veteran, who plays Siddhartha.

Written by Danny Duncan, Emily Klion and Lisa Quoresimo

Music by Emily Klion and Lisa Quoresimo with George Brooks

Directed by Lisa Quoresimo

Choreography by Joanna Meinl, Antonia Minnecola & Russell Wright

Emily Klion developed Siddhartha in collaboration with local and international writers, choreographers and visual artists who share her multicultural vision. The play is directed by Lisa Quoresimo, who also participated in the writing along with Klion and beloved Bay Area theater veteran, Danny Duncan. The music is by Klion and Quoresimo, along with Klion’s husband, the renowned jazz musician George Brooks.

Klion has had an illustrious career in children’s musical theater as producer, composer and musical director. She studied theater at Oberlin College and received BA and MA degrees in music composition from Mills College, where she studied with Lou Harrison, Terry Riley and the Indian singer Pandit Pran Nath. These associations triggered a life-long interest in Indian arts and culture and led to a year’s Thomas Watson Fellowship in North India to study raga. For twenty years, Klion was a certified Orff Schulwerk music specialist at Bay Area schools including Mills College Children’s School and San Francisco Day School where she directed its popular summer theater intensive, Center Stage. Klion received the Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award and the Hollywood Dramalogue Award for her musical score of Tony Pellegrino’s critically acclaimed show, Deer Rose, which was a recipient of the Will Glickman Playwright Award. In 2006, she received the Rex Foundation’s Jerry Garcia Award for promoting creativity in youth.

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