Stephanie Weisman, our theater’s founder and artistic director, started The Marsh because she wanted a place for writers and performers like herself to easily develop their work. In 1989, she planted a seed by starting a Monday night performance series at the Hotel Utah on Bryant Street. Monday Night Marsh is the seed that sprouted into what is now The Marsh Theater: A Breeding Ground for New performance. The program prides itself in sharing personal stories and unique experiences of all types, with a goal of amplifying the voices of our community. It is crucial, now more than ever, to share your story. Local celebrities like Josh Kornbluth and Marga Gomez got their start on Monday Night Marsh.

Join us. Wonderful things can happen.


Submissions

We accept submissions twice a year for our fall and spring series. We will begin accepting submissions for the MNM spring 2023 series in October. Stay tuned! Email program director with questions: mondaynight@themarsh.org


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Upcoming Performances

August 8 & 22

Dan Geiger’s 
My Green Halloween with George Shultz

SHOW DESCRIPTION: How could I invite George Shultz to speak at our big Halloween gala? I, who in the 80s supported Salvadorean revolutionaries and was a fan of the Sandinistas, hanging out with Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State? For god’s sake, the Reagan administration supported death squads that killed thousands! Would my friends still respect me? Could his appearance possibly do anything good for the world?

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Dan Gieger is a budding performance artist who, after years of working in the non-profit sector, is turning his attention to the really lucrative stuff–amateur theater and studying piano. In the “before-times,” Dan developed and performed My Green Halloween with George Shultz for the Big Shot series produced by Bruce Pachtman. When Covid hit just after its premier at StageWerx in February 2020, Dan’s pending Broadway debut was shelved indefinitely. As we crawl out of our caves in the “in-between” times, Dan is now reviving his piece and bringing it to The Marsh.

Stephen Dym’s
Psalm 90…or who will write my eulogy

SHOW DESCRIPTION: Inspired by Psalm 90, the poet reflects on turning 70. 

A 73 year old actor returns to Berkeley. California to re-awaken the sleeping muscles of his body and re-kindle the flame he ignited 50 years earlier in the Bay Area. After living in New York City for decades, Stephen returns to Berkeley as he comes to grips with not living up to his own expectations. When a sales clerk asks him who he’s visiting in the Bay Area, he answers “Ghosts, I’m visiting ghosts.” Recovering his good sense, overcoming shame and disappointment, our hero visits ghosts he’s left behind. Time-travel with Stephen as he criss-crosses parallel universes, jumping from 2022 to 1972 and back again, with stops at critical points along the way. Past, present, time and space, all converge as Stepehen re-awakens 50 years in 15 minutes.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Stephen David Dym (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is a professional actor; working in film, theater and television. He is a playwright, poet, and director. Stephen’s professional portfolio includes work as a communications consultant and educator. He is a master practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Ericksonian Hypnosis, wedding officiant, Inter-faith and secular minister, workshop leader/ facilitator/trainer, and producer of events. 

Thanks to the many contributors of this project.Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/ BCT;  dramaturge, self-revelatory performance mentor and embodied life story guide/witness, The AKMA Theater Cooperative in NYC for a nourishing place “to do the work”,  Psalm Tuesday Study Group at CBST, Ron Weiss for Hebrew coaching. Psalm 90…or who will write my eulogy,  honors the memory of Peter Blom whose hard work, love, and generous gift continues to support this project.

Algiin Ford’s
Behold I Make All Things New

I perceive what I do as “spirit art”

SHOW DESCRIPTION: So much of what Algiin has written, particularly recently, has emerged from his desire to express inclusivity through artistic expression. This piece, “Behold I Make All Things New,” is the journey through my last weeks of drug addiction, incarceration, and into my first NA meeting.
 
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Algiin Ford has been a performer and actor for 30 years. He has performed in many local plays, film, and television as well.

August 15 & 29 – Special Event

In Association with Young Community Developers and
Alternative Minds Foundation

THE SPEAKEASY STORYTELLER SERIES

MC: Corey Rosen
Performances on August 15 by : Cathy Xialolin Zhao | Claire Hennessy | JP Frary |Abdul Kenyatta
Performances on August 29 by: Kirk Pappas

The speakeasy Storytelling Series is a multi-cultural, intergenerational forum for storytellers–celebrating the art and craft of story-making. 

The Speakeasy Storyteller Series, in conjunction with Monday Night Marsh, will present an array of storyteller champions from Moth Championships. 

Everyone has stories to tell. Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, and challenge. They help us understand. They are timeless links to ancient traditions, legends, archetypes, myths, and symbols–connecting us to a larger self and universal truths, while creating greater communication. 


September 12 & 26

Kenny Yun’s
Fingering Fruit at the Farmer’s Market

SHOW DESCRIPTION: 2020. San Francisco is locked down in quarantine. Outdoor exercises with social distancing is allowed. Locals were always worried about stepping in dog poo. But now Kenny is nervous about more than that when walking to the local Farmer’s Market for fresh fruit. The President of the United States called Covid the “Kung-Flu.”

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Kenny Yun is a Bay Area solo performer, teacher, and director. His full length shows have run at The Marsh where he also co-taught solo theater with Charlie Varon for a decade. He is the Director in Residence at StageWerx. www.kennyyun.com

Coline Lebeau’s
What do You Believe in?

SHOW DESCRIPTION: What do I believe in? It’s a personal question that some people answer easily, yet it’s not always that simple. This piece is about the journeys that build our beliefs and make us the person we are. And sometimes, these journeys are not exactly what we expected…

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Originally from France, Coline has been telling stories for years but never on stage. She spent the last 8 years traveling and she’s been living in San Francisco for two years and a half now. Her various experiences have provided her with inexhaustible story resources that she would love to share with the audience.


October 3 & 17

Christian Jimenez’s
I Think We’re Alone Now

SHOW DESCRIPTION: “I Think We’re Alone Now” is the story of a Mexican family adjusting to American culture and the obstacles they face living away from home due to evictions and inner conflicts. The story is told in the point of view of the youngest child of the family.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Christian Jimenez attended Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) and was part of their Theater program for four years. This is his first MNM performance.

Harriet Patterson’s
Coming Soon

More information will be available soon.

Laura Jane Bailey’s
Super Secret Super Power

SHOW DESCRIPTION: Every Super Hero has an origin story. But what happens when someone discovers they have super powers and they aren’t necessarily a hero. LJ is just a girl, growing up in the midwest learning how to negotiate part-time jobs, school, and her friends. And ten her body starts to change…and she can’t really cope. Boys start to stare and men start to treat her as an object. And then BOOM…one day she discovers she has super powers. Sometimes she is invisible, sometimes she is hyper visible. And sometimes she is as strong as the Incredible Hulk. 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Laura Jane Bailey is a Bay Area actress, originally from Chicago. Bay Area productions include: LUNA GALE and MUD, BLUE SKY at Aurora Theater; CRIMES OF THE HEART at Theaterworks; EQUUS at Boxcar Theater; MAN OF LA ANCHA at SF PLayhouse; and FICTION, LES LEAISIONS DANGEREUSES, BAD DATES & SMELL OF THE KILL at Dragon Productions Theater. Chicago credits include: THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, TATTOO GIRL, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY, and IM YOURS. LJ is a solo performer currently performing THE PARIS EFFECT at a solo fest near you.


October 10 & 24 

In Association with Young Community Developers and
Alternative Minds Foundation

THE SPEAKEASY STORYTELLER SERIES

The speakeasy Storytelling Series is a multi-cultural, intergenerational forum for storytellers–celebrating the art and craft of story-making. 

The Speakeasy Storyteller Series, in conjunction with Monday Night Marsh, will present an array of storyteller champions from Moth Championships. 

Everyone has stories to tell. Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, and challenge. They help us understand. They are timeless links to ancient traditions, legends, archetypes, myths, and symbols–connecting us to a larger self and universal truths, while creating greater communication. 


November 7 & 21

Yvonne Baginski’s
Coming Soon 

More information on this piece will be available soon.

Howard Jennings Jr.’s
Black Men

SHOW DESCRIPTION: A conceptual piece that showcases Black Men thinking and speaking about family life in America. From the common man to leaders including celebrities and with an emphasis of those who serve in law enforcement. The purpose of this piece is to soften the image of the black man, reach out to young black men and others to curb the violence in America, and create a better understanding of the need for economic opportunities. for poor people. 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Howard Jennings Jr. is writing under the by line Howie BELAFONTE OBAMA> It represents a lifetime of social and political activity and. history. Some of the nicknames he earned in the streets of Oakland. As one of the black cub scouts in Northern California in 1968, he was picked to be an extra in the movie Tick Tick Tick starring Jim Brown. It started a love affair with the arts. He attended Phoenix Community College and had the lead roll in its production “Give Em Hell, Harry” in the spring of 1979. He also attended Solano Community College and San Francisco State University, where he was in the drama and broadcast communications department. He has spent decades of being involved in many artistic events. The political social activist and entrepreneur has been a silent force in the bay area for decades.

Jason Buchel’s
Maybe You Just Think They’re Handsome

SHOW DESCRIPTION: “Maybe You Just Think They’re Handsome” follows the story of Jason, a young man on a quest to discover what he lost during his time in the closet. Jason was a happy-go-lucky child who told his parents he was gay when he was 10. After they tell him to wait until he’s older “to be sure,” Jason buries his queer identity and the audience is taken on the journey of his struggles to pursue life as a straight teenager. After Jason definitively comes out again at 18, we are taken to the present day where Jason is now in therapy for an anxiety disorder. As she prompts him to remember what he was like as a young boy, the audience experiences Jason’s fantasy of an alternate reality if he had come out fully at 10. Will Jason’s imagination help him realize what he lost and tell the people closest to him what he’s most afraid of saying? The story combines topics of queerness, identity, mental health, and posits a powerful question—what does it mean to fully trust yourself?

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Jason recently graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Last Spring, Jason decided to take an acting class at Stanford, where he wrote and performed “Maybe You Just Think They’re Handsome” for the first time. Before Stanford, Jason was living in Los Angeles working in marketing. Jason will be working in Tech starting summer 2022, and is excited to be living in San Francisco and return to his passion for acting.


November 14 & 28

Sally Love Saunders’
Mirthful Mummy

SHOW DESCRIPTION: Mirthful mummy is a personal reflection of Sally’s mother while growing up. It is her personal collection and interpretation of the silly, fun, wild, and free spirit her mother was. It captions life tales of growing up with her mom, and the festive comedic interactions she would have with the community around her. Mirthful Mummy is about the merry and amusing persona Sally’s mother was. 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Sally Love Saunders is a widely published poet, poetry therapist, lecturer, free-lance writer, and wokshop leader, Sally’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Times International, The London Times, The Denver Post, and among over three hundred anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. She received many prizes for her poetry. “A Johnny Appleseed Poet,” Sally travels all over the country running workshops. It is her absolute conviction that “Everyone is a poet!” Sally has developed fun techniques to help individuals get in touch with their own unique creativity. 

Carlos Garbiras’
Racially Ambiguous

SHOW DESCRIPTION: This show is a humorous and reflective commentary on not being able to fit in as an immigrant in either the American culture or the Hispanic culture while still looking to grow my family, raise daughters, and become a part of my community. Racially ambiguous is a term used in Los Angeles by casting directors when actors or models look like they can be from different ethnicities, and people can’t really pinpoint which one.

That’s how Carlos feels because even though he is not able to identify with whom the media and his family tells him he needs to identify, he’s driven by a desire to connect with a much larger human experience, the experience of being a citizen of the world, the experience of becoming a father husband and family member, the experience of a person with conflicting views that can’t find himself in any political party and with little affiliations. An experience, he believes, many Americans are going through in this historical moment of crisis.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Carlos Garbiras is an essayist and a regular storyteller at West Side Stories where he placed 2nd at their 2021 Grand Slam. He is an infrequent contributor to his local newspaper, and he writes more often on Medium, where he is a top writer on Satire, Parenting, Travel, Art and Photography. He is also the co-founder of Counter Arts—a publication for counter-cultural thinking with over two thousand readers. 

Abbey Glover’s
The Night Runner

SHOW DESCRIPTION: In ‘The Night Runner,” Abbey Glover explores a young woman’s attempt to be open and vulnerable for the first time.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Abbey Glover is a San Francisco-based emerging writer and performance artist. You may see her telling stories about awkward moments or reading sad, dark, short prose pieces at open mic nights around the city. She recently started doing stand up comedy. You can follow her journey @theabiglovenator on Instagram.


December 5 & 12

Jeremy Greco’s
The Big Snap

SHOW DESCRIPTION: The Big Snap!  On March 17th, 2020, a lockdown was announced in San Francisco.  Jeremy Greco decided to document each day by taking a picture.  What he thought would last 30 days, instead lasted 365.

From these pictures, Greco conducted a series of interviews of people from all walks of life: head of the SF Republican party, John Dennis, formerly incarcerated individual, Tony Cyprien, author Nicole Galland, former Salon Advice Columnist, Cary Tennis, Greco’s daughters and many others. All of whom discussed their year of covid, Trump and their hopes for the future – without Snapping.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Jeremy Julian Greco is a San Francisco-based actor, director and writer.  Greco’s first solo show, “With Held,” directed by Mark Kenward, was based on six months of interviews with San Francisco mail artist and writer John Held Jr. Greco performed With Held throughout the Bay Area including The San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Marin Fringe Festival, where Greco won a Critics’ Circle Best Actor Award for his portrayal of the artist.

Greco has performed his most recent solo work, Keeping Up with the Jorgensons – also directed by Mark Kenward – at The 2017 Yes to Everything Festival, the 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival (to sold out crowds where it won a  “Best of” award honors), New York’s United Solo Theater Festival in 2018,  a Discovery Run at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco, the 2019 Whitefire’s Solo Fest in LA and at the Dallas Solo Festival.

Marion Lovinger’s
Covid, Drugs, and Tankinis

SHOW DESCRIPTION: March 2020. When the confinement starts, Marion loses access to her main pleasure in life. Her life-saver is gone. But she can’t complain about it while others are  losing their livelihoods, getting sick or dying. Or can she?

 To go through this rough patch, she has no other choice but to follow  her doctor’s prescription thoroughly, watch a show about royalty and try to forget her paradise lost. Until one day it comes back.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Marion Lovinger is French and has lived in the Bay area for a long time. She has been writing in English and performing her work for ten years. So happy to be back.

Margie Talavera’s
Pantomime in Private

 

SHOW DESCRIPTION: There is humor, drama, and a bit of dance in Pantomime in Private. Margie Talavera’s one-woman show is about saying it out loud without uttering a word.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Margie Talavera was born and raised in San Francisco. She is a veteran of the US Navy during the Vietnam era, an RBB&B Clown College Graduate of 1985, and a traveller with the RBB&B Blue Unit as a professional clown between 1985 and 1992. 


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