Vivien Straus Performance

The Rollicking Tale of Ellen Straus, Dairy Godmother

Due to popular demand, we’ve added a second MALT-exclusive performance! This is an invitation-only theatrical event to recognize donors who have supported MALT’s mission for 20+ years or are part of our Legacy Giving Circle. Invitees are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the ranch between 5 and 7 pm before the show!

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About the Show

“After I’m Dead, You’ll Have to Feed Everyone,” is a daughter’s comical love letter to her immigrant mother, Ellen Straus, a European city kid who found love on a California dairy farm and emerged as one of West Marin’s iconic environmental trailblazer.

“On her deathbed, I promised Mom I’d write my next show about her,” said Vivien. “It took me 20 years but I finally did it!” In her portrayal of her mother and best friend, Vivien combines insightful glimpses into Ellen’s formative life events – fleeing from the Holocaust, witnessing racial injustice, and death-bed conversations about chicken salad – along with Vivien’s own whimsical cow-inspired wisdom and poetry. In a 75-minute mad-cap tribute, Straus portrays 11 characters (10 humans and 1 cow).

Questions? For questions, please contact Harriet Lehmann at or 415-663-1158 ext. 309.