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Death Over Dessert

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 • 6:30–8:30pm

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2017-07-13 18:30:00 UTC2017-07-13 20:30:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CADeath Over Dessert Sometimes humor can be found in the painful and frustrating process of care-giving. “Sandwich generation” storytellers Josh Kornbluth, Julia Weber, Elizabeth Sale, and Sara Faith Alterman share their experiences and let us laugh through our tears. Program followed by dessert and a moderated discussion to cast an unflinching eye at end of life and together create an interactive experience that transforms this otherwise difficult conversation into one of engagement, insight, and empowerment. Presented in conjunction with Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs. Co-presented by Reboot’s Death Over Dinner, Jewish Edition.

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Death, Dementia, and… Dessert?

Sometimes humor can be found in the most painful and frustrating of circumstances, especially when caring for a loved one at the end of life. Storytellers Josh Kornbluth, Julia Weber, Elizabeth Sale, and Sara Faith Alterman will let us laugh through our tears, as they share deeply personal stories and experiences that all of us can identify with.

The program will be followed by a moderated discussion to cast an unflinching eye at end of life experiences and together create an interactive space to help transform this otherwise difficult conversation into one of engagement, insight, and empowerment.

And of course there will be dessert—never miss an opportunity to eat sweets when discussing bittersweet topics! Presented in conjunction with Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs.

Co-presented by Reboot’s Death Over Dinner, Jewish Edition.

About the speakers
Josh Kornbluth

Josh Kornbluth has been performing autobiographical monologues since 1989. Among his many solo shows is Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, which began as a commission from The Contemporary Jewish Museum. More recently, Sea of Reeds explored the mysteries of interpreting the Torah and making oboe reeds. His latest movie, Love & Taxes, is available online. His upcoming monologue, The Bottomless Bowl, is based on his experiences as artist-in-residence (and, later, a volunteer) at the Zen Hospice Project. Currently, Josh is a fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute, based at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center. Find him at

Elizabeth Sale

Elizabeth Sale grew up in a family of storytellers, teachers, and art lovers. Growing up, she shuttled between homes of divorced parents and the theater, chasing roles inspired by Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner on stages in Tennessee, Colorado, and West Virginia. She moved to California to study sociology and theater arts at UCSC, and earned a Masters in Filmmaking and Performance Art at SFAI in 1996. Six years ago she found her way back to the stage. Sale has produced, written and performed over twelve solo shows in the last five years at The Marsh, Stage Werx, Mojo theater, and The Phoenix.  

Julia Weber

Julia Weber lives in San Francisco and has written and performed solo shows at Stagewerx and The Phoenix Theater through Solo Performance Workshop, with Martha Rynberg at the helm. As a lawyer, social worker, and anti-bias trainer, she's also shared the stage with many PowerPoint presentations. Her identity has been shaped by her experience as one of the only Jews at her Catholic high school and growing up with New Yorker parents who relocated the family to Arizona in the early 1970s, spending the following few decades in search of good bagels. Julia's work is also inspired by the wisdom and humor her teenage son provides. She's holding on tight to her dream of one day finally pulling together her original production of Shiva: The Musical.

Sara Faith Alterman

Sara Faith Alterman is a writer, performer, and a co-producer of Mortified, a storytelling stage show and podcast that explores and celebrates the extraordinary things we created as kids. Alterman was a primary caretaker for her father during his battle with Alzheimer's, which taught her to find and embrace humor every day, in every way. 

Image Credit

Header image: Roz Chast, Sunset Gardens, 2014. Illustration for Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (Atheneum Books for Young Readers). © Roz Chast. All rights reserved.; Josh Kornbluth, photo by Tue Nam Ton; Julia Weber, photo by Seth Affoumado; Sara Faith Alterman, photo courtesy of the artist.