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.


How to Submit Your Piece

Want the chance to perform on two nights in the Monday Night Marsh series? We will be accepting submissions for the January – June 2020 series starting Monday, October 14. Detailed information on dates and what to include in your submission will be made available on October 14. Email Program Director, Alexa Almira at mondaynight@themarsh.org with any questions in the meantime. Happy writing!


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


Upcoming Shows

All shows performed in the San Francisco Mainstage unless otherwise noted


July 8 & 22

“DATING ON THE ROAD TO MEDICARE” by Barbara Brady
There’s something happening here, right? I mean, when you’re dating on the road to Medicare, there’s a whole different set of criteria for what constitutes a perfect love match.

“STRANGER THAN FICTION: A LIFE” by Mary Carouba
Mary Carouba invites the audience into her unusual life, using her keen eye for the profound and the profane to tell a gritty and fascinating story in an incredibly funny way. Addiction, San Francisco, pornography, incarceration, recovery, a near-death experience, a life-saving liver transplant, and her home recently burning down are all touched on in this remarkably funny, touching, and personal performance. Mary Carouba is a published author (Women at Ground Zero), multiple award-winning Moth storyteller, and popular stand-up comedian and speaker.

“GINNY-JOHN” by Jon Paul Tilleman
Atop a three-story tower at burning man, a stranger coaxes JonPaul to open up about his life and parents. John and Ginny have no easy relationship, and who is really a better parent after all? The “Phoenix” is unleashed to tell us an age-old story about the nature of men and women.

“SURVIVING SAN FRANCISCO” by Keli Dailey
“Surviving San Francisco” is a comedic, fact-based show about living in the most expensive city in America–The Promised Land of Tech Jobbing. Cold Brewing. Life Hacking. App Dating & Ghosting. Unsorted Garbage Shaming. Black People Exiting (Blaxiting). Porch Package Pirating. $117,000 Income Poverty Lining. Sidewalk Feces Dodging. Golden Gate Bridge Jumping. And a Light Jacket All Summer Long…


August 5 & 19

“COLORFUL GRANDPARENTS AND BLACK & WHITE TELEVISION” by Scott Cohen
As a kid, Scott spent a lot of time with his grandparents. Their love of late night television profoundly affected his childhood development and understanding of the world. Now, a half century later, he has written a funny and nostalgic one person show as a tribute to their lives. At Monday Night Marsh, he will be performing an excerpt from that show.

“LESSONS IN MISCALCULATION” by Tracy Vernon
Monica, one of my snarky eighth grade drama students, propels herself to stardom after she performs her original monologue about her dramatic breakup with her boyfriend. Knowing she has a history of running away to the streets, I worry I won’t see her after the show is over as the let down of no longer being a star could crush her spirit. Reflecting on my own middle school years and how my drama teacher worked with me, makes me sensitive to Monica’s situation as I try to mitigate the blow to her ego.

“COMING OUT…AGAIN” by Regina Stoops
Regina Stoops, takes her audience on a roller coaster ride through a life filled with so many causes she has run out of room on her car’s bumper.  With thought provoking honesty and humor, Regina talks about life as a gay, Catholic, Democratic, suburban soccer mom who also happens to be a special needs parent and MS warrior. Born in a town called Normal, her lifelong coming out journey is one filled with diversity, adversity and suburban chaos.

“ANY LAUGHTER HELPS” by Sabrina Miller
“Whether you’re cisgender or transgender, dating is hard.” I’ve heard that quite a few times. To which I say, “Maybe you should get a transwoman’s perspective on transitioning and dating before opening your mouth?” Just saying is all. through standup comedy, I’m going to give you this transwoman’s perspective on dating and breakups; I’m going to talk about growing up closeted-transgender in the south; I’m going to talk about the “War on Pussy,” (Oh yeah, I’m going there!). And I’m going to do so in such a way that you’re left wondering, “Was it okay for me to laugh at her jokes?” By the end of my set, whether transgender human or cisgender human, I think we’ll all agree that life can sometimes almost drive you to the height of despair. Don’t know what I’m talking about? You will after 20 minutes.

August 12 & 26

“CAM-PAINS” by Susan Evans & Marleen Smith
With the 2020 Presidential primaries heating up to the boiling point, we feel compelled to give you a preview of what a REAL cam-pain looks like–with an emphasis on the pain. Everyone and their mother is jumping into the pool, and even a professional lifeguard can’t predict who will sink or swim. Different strokes for different folks. Watch as two such candidates reveal their underwater strategies. Do NOT miss out debate sketch; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll move to Canada. Oh and don;t forget to register to vote!

“NEVER OWN ANYTHING YOU HAVE TO PAINT OR FEED” by Howard Petrick
Petrick brings true stories and tall tales from his early years of rising the rails and wandering. Lauded as “wonderfully smooth and totally engaging” by the Cincinnati Examiner and a performer who “tells a compelling story” by the Ottawa Citizen, his tails of rail yard hobos, skid row outcasts, IWW socialists and travels delivers a hilarious adventure that cast a light on today’s society with the lens of the past. “A novelist’s ability to place an image in your mind” — Kings River Life.

“COUNTING ON YOU” by Rebeca Salas-Boni
What does growing up look like when you have a very analytical, numbers-driven mind? This mathematician shares some stories growing up obsessed with the passing of time, scales, and infinity.

“SEX REUNITED!” by Claire Hennessy
British-born author and storyteller, Claire Hennessy, reunites wuth her high school sweetheart, Big, after not seeing him for over thirty years. The catch? He lives 5,000 miles away in California. After an intense, frequently hilarious long-distance relationship, they decide to meet to see if they can rekindle their adolescent chemistry, prompting awkward talks about sex and a disastrous lingerie shopping binge. Will their first encounter lead to fireworks? Or will Claire’s anxiety about her forty-something, out0of-shape, peri-menopausal body douse any sparks of desire?


September 9 & 23

“VEGANS, ANIMAL RIGHTS, & PETA” by Emil Guilermo
“IS A DOGGLEGANGER AN EVIL TWIN” by Scott Sanders
“STRING THEORY” by Dan Schifrin
“BUT WE WERE HOPING FOR AN ANEURYSM” by Lauren Mayer

September 16 & 30

“CHANNEL BPD” by Ashley Jaye
“SNAP JUDGEMENT” by Kaseem Bentley
“MISDIRECTION” by Patrick Livingstone
“JUNG’S PIANO” by Lindley Frahm


October 7 & 21

“FUN FACTS FROM MR. SCIENCE” by Danny Dechi
“ALLEGIANCES” by Amy Oppenheimer
“POOLSIDE, SKID ROW” by Brittany Kamerschen
“TOLERANCE” by Kathleen Denny


November 4 & 18

“DEARLY BELOVED” by Dorothy Richman
“CHRYSALIS: A LOVE STORY” by Ipeleng Kgositsile
“WESTERN CANNON” by Thomas White
“JIMMY: LIVE AT FIVE” by Arnie Warshaw
“CHILE! HOOD STORIES” by Sevan Kelee Boult


December 16 & 30

“THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK” by Evelyn Jean Pine
“MONEY & UNEMPLOYMENT” by Malcolm Grissom
“THE HOUSE OF WONDERS: SONGS & STORIES ABOUT HOME” by Karlyn DeSteno
“BORN AGAIN IN BERKELEY” by Theresa Donahoe
“TRAVELING WITH WHITE GHOSTS” by Scott Hildula


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  • July 22, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 07-22-19 (SF)
  • August 5, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 08-05-19 (SF)
  • August 12, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 08-12-19 (SF)
  • August 19, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 08-19-10 (SF)
  • August 26, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 08-26-19 (SF)
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