Monday Night Marsh

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Initiated in 1989 at The Hotel Utah, Monday Night Marsh is the seed that started the breeding ground for new performance. This program spotlights the ongoing works-in-progress of emerging solo performers of all levels and ages (16+). We feature a variety of actors, storytellers, musicians, contortionists, and playwrights. Many local celebrities like Marga Gomez and Josh Kornbluth developed their work here and so can you! Become a part of this special program, or come support the four-five different performers each Monday night in San Francisco. Experience the magic. Wonderful things can happen.

As each story on a given night can vary widely between subject matter, the recommended age limit for audience members is 16 and over.

Show Info

Time: Doors open at 7:00pm | Performances start at 7:30pm
Tickets Online: $8 – $15 sliding scale
Tickets At the Door: $10 – $15 sliding scale
All seating for these performances are first-come, first-served.
Performances take place in the MainStage Theater in San Francisco.

How to Submit a Piece

Want the chance to perform on Monday Night Marsh? Our next submission period for the January – June 2018 series will open on October 23, 2017. Click here to view detailed information on what to include in your submission as well as how to submit your piece. Please do not submit pieces before October 23 — they will not be reviewed. If you have any other questions in the meantime, please email Program Director, Alexa Almira at

Upcoming Performances

(All performances located at our San Francisco Mainstage unless otherwise noted)j


October 23 & 30

Part psychological thriller–part heartbreaking drama–part spectacular farce, the play presents the unbelievable true story that once held the entire world captive: the 1974 political kidnapping of a 19 year-old media heiress by a ragtag militant group. After being held captive in a closet for 57 days, she emerges declaring her new identity as Tania and her “choice” to join her kidnappers’ mission to overthrow the US government. Ultimately, it;s an uplifting story of survival, self-discovery and self-determination, as its historic central figure triumphantly overcomes seemingly impossible internal and external obstacles. Hear songs online & find our more at

“SOME COOL NEW THING” by Geoff Hoyle
Coming Soon.

“TAUGHT ME TO PRAY” by Dorothy Richman
Do you want to hear some Jewish gospel? Taught Me To Pray juggles The Jazz Singer, Aretha Franklin, and medieval law codes to question what it means to pray and how to find your voice.

“GODDESS RAGE” by Larissa Farias
Medea, Judith, Carry, Lorena Bobbitt. Female rage has been alive and well in our literature, history, religion and -oh well- in real life. From Virginia Woolf’s refined anger to the rise of uber-positive “girl squad” culture, women’s rage has been a powerful, destabilizing, and often misunderstood force. In Goddess Rage -a one woman cabaret comedy packed with physical theater, accordion and singing-, Brazilian performer Larissa Garcia explores the various aspects of the dark side of female psyche. In the last few years Larissa has produced and performed two solo shows -Billie Cox’s A (Bearded) Lady and Mario Echevarrias Memoirs of a Virgin-, being awarded best actress for both pieces. She has worked with several theater companies around the Bay Area, including Magic Theater (in Taylor Mac’s production of The Lily’s Revenge), Shotgun Players, Climate Theater, Theater of Yugen and as a performer in the San Francisco street promotion of Cirque du Soleils’ show, OVO.

“STALKING GRACE” by Bárbara Selfridge
Any three points make a triangle.  Like when there’s a pair of writer/activists and you show up to work for only one of them.  Can the political effectiveness you achieve as Grace Paley’s personal assistant counteract the damage you do at 5am, when her husband wants to start writing but you’re sleeping in his study?  You can’t give up, tho, can you?  Are you a feminist or are you Goldilocks?

November 6 & 20

“COINS, KINDNESS, & CANDY” by Robert Martin
In “Coins, Kindness, & Candy,” a seven-year-old boy . tells the story of stealing from his grandparents before going to Catholic Mass. In revisiting this memory, he learns that sin, shame, and kindness each have their own weight.

“CHRYSALIS” by Ipeleng Kgositsile”
“Chrysalis” tells the story of of Thandiwe, a love-obsessed alcoholic, from the moment she walsk into rehab and begins fixating on Malik, a dude in her drug treatment program, whose politically charged childhood mirrors her own. Although Thandiwe’s preoccupation with Malik is a mine field for her sobriety by the end of the play . she has transformed.

“THE FIREMAN SONG” by Joshua A. Hattam
Joshua A. Hattam brings vivid detail from a compressed excerpt for his memoir, The Fireman’s Song, exhibiting the perpetuating power of his mother’s love in the face of broken men. He offers an account of January 26, 2009, when he would be admitted to the hospital a few rooms down from his mother, she facing the prospect of leg amputation, and he–gunshots to his head and arm. His searing tale of hatred, the rock he would smash his life against, and the woman, who would love him–until he could learn to love himself.

 “PEOPLE LIKE US” by Kathleen Denny
It’s another day in the air transport industry, behind the scenes where passengers never go. For over twenty years, Kathleen Denny worked as a union machinist and air frame mechanic, and she was one of the first women in her department. This is an excerpt from just one of her stories. Her one-woman show, Nice Is Not What We Do, began at The Marsh and has toured festivals throughout North America.

Turangawaewae is a piece that shows the struggle to figure out where “home” is as New Zealand-based actor Selliman juggles being a part of multiple culture.

November 13 & 27

David returns to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to visit where his buddies died and try to perform his one-man show about the war under threat of arrest from the communist government. He’s up every night at 3 looking for the first flight home. Oh my!

“THE JET BLUES” by Susan Evans & Marleen Smith
We all love travel–the excitement, the adventure, the experiencing of new places, people and cultures! What could be better! But wait…to get to our destination, think of the nightmare of airport security checks, the extreme limitations on what we may/may not take on board the plane, the ever-shrinking space around our “steerage-section” seating arrangements, as well as the every-shrinking bathroom facilities! The list of horrors foes on and on, trying our patience, our endurance, and ultimately our spirit for engaging our wanderlust. WHY did we ever leave the comforts of home??!!

“GERONIMO’S TRAIN” by Joseph Cole
A man’s breathing is restored in ICU, when a long, black train comes to visit hi. He boards without knowing the destination, and the journey takes him to places that are both familiar and magical. Along the way, he’s offered the protection of talking bird dog statues and the love of a beautiful witch. When he reaches Geronimo’s Club Car, he must decide whether he will stay in the world’s most perfect bar or…jump off to…an unknown future.

“RAISED IN HELL” by Deon Price
“Raised in Hell” is a non-fiction Family Dramedy based on his self-published book. Deon D. Price is a Youth Life Skills Coach and author with over twenty years of experience as a Youth Service Worker as well as a Youth Employment Development specialist. He has dedicated most of his adult life to the field of youth and community service. Through his organization “This Youth Generation,” he has delivered motivational talks and workshops to parents, educators as well as students throughout California. His brand of motivational comedy is delivered with both humor and professional precision.

Sit with Ken Martinez, an elderly Gay san Franciscan as he reflects on his past and tells stories about his first love, his youthful experimentation, his life as a nurse during the AIDS epidemic, and the loss of his loved ones. Albert Rubio is a 2017 graduate of A.C.T’s MFA Acting Program, and this piece was created using interviews that Albert took of Ken over the course of one year; Albert then distilled those stories through his own artistic lens.

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  • October 23, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 10-23-17 (SF)
  • October 30, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 10-30-17 (SF)
  • November 6, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 11-06-17 (SF)
  • November 13, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 11-13-17 (SF)
  • November 20, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 11-20-17 (SF)
  • November 27, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 11-27-17 (SF)
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