Marsh #1. Monday Night Marsh – June 17, 2015

Brittany Kamerschen performs at Monday Night Marsh. Photo by Kenny Yun

Brittany Kamerschen performs at Monday Night Marsh. Photo by Kenny Yun

Back in 1989, The Marsh started as a one-night-a-week performance series at Hotel Utah. What was then the first Marsh, is now called the Monday Night Marsh (MNM). Twenty-five years later, MNM setup is just the same, four short pieces each Monday, with each performer going twice in their month.

Although for years I went to every Monday Night Marsh, more recently with an average of 600 shows a year, I sadly had to give up my Monday night “practice.” I have always thought that there’s nothing better than a great Monday Night. Four performers workshopping short new pieces…Marsh Artistic Director nirvana.

Back last October, I got a call from past Supervisor and Assemblyman, Tom Ammiano, saying he was soon coming back from Sacramento and was interested in developing a solo performance. I suggested he work with a Marsh director. And indeed, he chose to work with David Ford. Now, about once-a-week, I see that Tom and David are rehearsing.

And so it goes. First one works on their performance, then one signs up for a Monday Night Marsh. This past Monday Night, Tom Ammiano performed with Xiao Juan Shu, a beloved Marsh house manager, David Jacobson a longtime Marsh student and Phil Surkis, who is not only developing his performance but working with us to present Kamou Bell in Berkeley starting June 25.

Ah, I thought I will stay and watch the MNM. I have to say, it was so great to see that The Monday Night form I started The Marsh with all those years ago, was still working. Short pieces. New Pieces. What a great evening by Tom, Xiao, David and Phil.

I think I may go again this coming Monday. Brittany Kamerschen is performing. She is also a beloved Marsh staffer and currently the MNM Program Director. I notice she’s getting a lot of facebook kudos for her first performance this month. And how could I miss this! Might she be the next new Marsh Star?

Now, on the other side of MNM, this week  and next only, we have Marsh Star, Geoff Hoyle, performing the brilliant LEAR’S SHADOW in San Francisco. Not to be missed. We have a few $10 off tickets left with the passcode “king”.

And new Marsh star Echo Brown continues the also brilliant BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS. It’s Sara Felder’s final two weeks of her workshop production of MELANCHOLY, A COMEDY.

In Berkeley, Don Reed is texting me about how he is “loving it” to be back at The Marsh Berkeley with his new show, STEREOTYPO, RANTS AND RUMBLINGS AT THE DMV.  We know you will enjoy this show and to help get the buzz going, we are offering free tickets to the first 5 to purchase STEREOTYPO tickets and use the password “rants”.

Speaking of Marsh performers, Libby Skala’s LILIA which we presented as a Rising, is being performed at Freight and Salvage this Sunday. The story is about Libby’s grandomother, Lilia who escaped Nazi Austria to become an Oscar nominated actress. The NY Times calls it “Marvelous!” If you would like to see Lilia, Freight and Salvage is offering 2 for 1 tickets to Marshians with the passcode “THEMARSH”. Go to https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/823051

That’s it for this week. Have a great one. Happy Father’s Day!

All my best,

Stephanie Weisman
Founder and Artistic Director