General Show Information
EVERY Monday at 7:30pm LIVE
About Monday Night Marsh
Like many theaters in our community, The Marsh has postponed all in-person shows until further notice. But that won’t stop Monday Night Marsh from continuing to feature unique works-in-progress. Monday Night MarshStream is our new Monday Night Marsh with a few twists. Every Monday at 7:30pm, we bring you live plays, musicals, and projects from performers, both familiar and new, via ZOOM.
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 every Monday at 7:30pm. Wonderful things can happen.
Now Accepting Submissions!
Calling all storytellers! We are now accepting submissions for Monday Night MarshStream’s summer series on an ongoing basis.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Potential MNMStream performers can submit a work-in-progress at any stage of the creative process up to 17 minutes long, or submit a more polished piece up to 45 minutes long. We accept solo plays, musicals, movement/dance pieces, and other similar performance projects.
DATES AVAILABLE: October 26, December 21
HOW TO SUBMIT: Send your title, blurb, bio, and photo of either you or something that represents your piece to email@example.com. Indicate whether you are submitting a 10-17 minute piece, or a more polished 30-45 minute piece. If you have any questions at all, please contact the Program Director Alexa Almira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Night MarshStream Schedule
“the old brown jacket” by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
SHOW DESCRIPTION: I never aspired to be what I became. It just happened. It was the spring of 1971. I was attending classes at Temple University and living with my conservative, southern Italian, catholic family in South Philly. I saw an ad in the school newspaper for a Gay Liberation Front coffee hour. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a performer, author and poet whose body of work includes 12 produced plays and solo performances pieces, two chapbooks of poems, and four books, the most recent “Smash the Church, Smash the State: the early years of gay liberation.” He currently does housing justice work and reads his poetry at virtual mics as often as he can. (Photo by Harry Eberlin.”
“Emil Amok: Emil Amok in his Closet on Filipino Nurses and Filipino American History, and trying to Cope with COVID Comedy” by Emil Guillermo
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Emil Guillermo is a veteran Bay Area broadcast journalist, commentator, and humorist. AsianWeek featured his column, “Emil Amok,” for more than 14 years, and was considered the most widely read and largest circulating Asian American column in the United States.
“My First Boss” by Mercilee Jenkins
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A woman faces her #metoo moment with honesty, humor and a hula hoop revealing the influence gender violence has had on her life. She arrives in New York City in the 1970’s to realize her ambitions to be something other than a secretary, and ends up with a good job but a lecherous boss. She comes back thirty years later for an unexpected reckoning that changes her understanding of herself. Directed by Heather Arnett.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Mercilee Jenkins is an award winning playwright, performance artist and poet. Her poem, “Peonies in a Pandemic” was published in the San Francisco Chronicle (July ‘20). She performed with Cat Call Choir in Nevertheless at CounterPulse in 2018. She is a 2014 winner of Poets Eleven, San Francisco’s citywide poetry contest. Her one act play, Winning, is included in Best American Short Plays (2014-’15). Her latest 10-minute play, Armistice at Home, received a staged reading at the Short Play Festival in Mill Valley in 2019. She is currently working on a new full-length play, Always Home.
“Glazed” by Steve Spike Wong
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A donut shop, some coffee, and a maskless moment leads a man to simply want one thing only.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Steve “Spike” Wong is a writer, actor, and grandfather from Santa Cruz, California. His stage production company, Soaring Dragon Endeavors, is currently hibernating, due to the pandemic. Spike has published work as varied as plays, academic pieces, climbing and ski writing, nonfiction, and a small libretto or two.
“Deviled Eggs & Angel Hair” by Susan Jackson & Diana Brown
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Bennie is left at a high-end restaurant by her eccentric aunt, creator of “Legacy–Food for Thought.” Can she bring her own flare to the menu and still keep within the restrictions of the Will? Southern food meets Bay Area cuisine.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES: Diana Brown is Co-Producer of the Southern Railroad Theatre Company and an Associate Artist with 3Girls Theatre Company. She was invited to appear at the Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival’s Amplify Fest.
Diana performs in theater productions and festivals in New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.She co-authored the solo play WHEN YOU ARE CALLED with award winning playwright Susan Jackson.
She’s half of the nationally touring improv comedy duo Bingewatch along with Dan Wilson. Currently presenting Bingewatch and Friends, a virtual improv salon. Diana is a teacher, director, Senior Producer and Director of Community with Leela Improv Theatre Co. in San Francisco. She directs Leela’s Resident Improv Stage Ensemble, The Professionals.
Independently, Diana directs and coaches individuals, improv duos and ensembles including the touring ensemble Peach Pit and the duos Foolhardy and Lost in Translation.
Susan Jackson received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Original Play. Her works have been staged- read/produced in New York City–Off-Broadway, the Bay Area, Eugene O’Neill Foundation, William Inge New Works Festival, Sydney, Sedona, London and South Carolina. Her plays–finalists and semi-finalists: Fusion Theatre Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, South Carolina Centre Stage, and Little Black Dress Ink Women’s Theatre Festival. She’s a Resident Playwright for 3Girls Theatre Co, and alumnus of Playground. SAMARITAN was a finalist for the Henley Rose Competition for Female Playwrights. MIRACLE LAKE, HUDSON’S WIFE, and (2020) SWIMMING WITH PUPPIES have been Finalists for the 3Girls Theatre Festival. She’s won Best of Capital Fringe and received a positive review for DEATH BE NOT LOUD! in the Washington Post. Her works have been published by Smith and Kraus. She was invited to participate in the first William Inge Festival and the Mid-America Theatre Conference; accepted to Last Frontier Theatre Festival. Alternate Theatre Company (NYC) will zoom produce LAND OF CAMAAN in August, and Spark Theatre will produce TENDING TO OTHER THINGS (zoomed, NY area).
“Tee-Vee” by Stacey Andrade
SHOW DESCRIPTION: “Tee-Vee” is a heartwarming piece in which Stacey takes you on a journey through her childhood through the televisions she’s owned.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Stacey Andrade is a performer and author who has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over two decades. Writer. actress, stand-up comedian, and voice-over talent, Stacey Andrade started her career in entertainment, performing on the coffee table of her parent’s home. She has been involved with various San Francisco groups, theater troops, and comedy venues throughout the Bay Area. Stacey has been performing in plays for Onstage Theater in Pleasant Hill, California for over a decade and is currently workshopping a one woman show featuring her own characters, monologues, and music soon to debut.
“Our Daughters” by Celina Reynes
SHOW DESCRIPTION: “Our Daughters” is about three father-daughter relationships complicated and healed by the #metoo movement.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Celina Reynes graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a degree in creative writing. She is a Fulbright English Teaching Award recipient, featured poet at the Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival, and two-time winner of the Virginia Wainwright Sonnet Prize. Trained in the Alexander Technique, Celina is a classical singer as well as a composer, lyricist, and writer. Her current projects include Our Daughters and Blood Lust (The Lady Bathory Musical).
October 19 – Solo Feature
“From Prison to Peru” by Suraya Keating
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Inspired by true-life experiences, Suraya created this tale of love, loss, family secrets and forgiveness as a way of grappling with the shadow side of her human journey. Interconnections among the mental illness in her family, her mother’s sudden death, and Suraya’s draw to the worlds of drug addicts, shamanism and prison work are all touched upon in this poignant, funny, heart-opening story. It was after writing this piece that she discovered that her search for home in the world was a driving force behind this performance as well as her life.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Suraya Keating is an actress, Registered Drama Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Shakespeare for Social Justice Director for Marin Shakespeare Company. For 20 years, she has facilitated mindfulness-based theater, movement and yoga practices with a variety of populations, including at-risk youth, adults with severe mental illness, and individuals who are incarcerated. Co-founder of Marin Shakespeare’s Returned Citizens Theater Troupe, Suraya directs life-story theater with artists who have returned home from periods of incarceration. She has extensive experience writing and performing solo theater based on true life experiences, and loves coaching others in creating solo shows that heal and inspire. Suraya is also adjunct faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at CIIS. www.suraya.org
October 26 – Solo Feature
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“The House of Misery” by Ruth Kurschner
SHOW DESCRIPTION: What good is a massive excess of mirror neurons if I can’t sell them on ebay? I rush the director at San Quentin that day after Othello. I have things to offer! Skills – life-saving skills! Didn’t creativity save my life at age three in a loveless home? Hey, aren’t we looking at soul survival? And half of them have dyslexia! I heard it just now – up there! on the stage! I used to teach kindergarten! and and and! and I take Authentic Movement – this is that! Authentic heart movement. And mind! I know stuff! I’m a playwright! Count the exclamation points: eleven. Auspicious? I google the number: “Eleven has vibrations of enlightenment – indicates great trials but even greater potential.” A month later I’m sitting in a circle with 20 incarcerated former combat veterans with 35 to life sentences, their ages 19 to 78. I’m 74. White. From Great Neck. An introvert with social anxiety. I feel like finally, I’m home.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Ruth Kirschner is a nationally produced award-winning playwright. Her plays have also been finalists in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Source Festival, and the Humana Festival. Besides leading adult creative writing workshops, Ruth mentors Bay area independent high school students in analytic writing. Long ago and far away, she worked as an animator for Henson Associates (HA) (The Muppets) and wrote for Children’s Television Workshop.
“Morning, Doves et. al” by Lori Shantzis
SHOW DESCRIPTION: On the eve of the election, a middle aged woman wonders what she can bring to this moment. She recalls the morning of September 9, 2020 when the sky was so dark from wildfire smoke and her own fears, that she hesitated to get out of bed at all. In the end, the birds she feeds save her, calling to her and reminding her that despite the darkness, there is always one small step she can take to make a better world.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Lori Shantzis is returning to the solo stage after writing a novel and too many drafts of a full length ensemble play. Since her one woman show, Loved by You: A Love Story and ending her career as artistic director of a.Muse gallery & meeting place, she has evangelically promoted goat yoga, preached to an assortment of birds at her bird feeder, and done a lot of gluten free stress baking. She currently lives in San Francisco with her boyfriend, Craig, and her shepherd mix, Luna.
“Fat Man off the Port Bow” by Arnie Warshaw
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a brief ride on the bouncing, ballooning belly of a fat man, a large man, a man of size, a morbidly OBESE man. Take a short dive into the refried psyche and cholesterol clogged dreams of a guy whose pediatrician said, “Mrs. Warshaw, get your baby on skim milk. Stat!”
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Arnie Warshaw writes and performs once in a while, here and there, and occasionally. His house manager duties at The Marsh have been on hold since the start of The Pandemic, but he continues to Zoom into the homes of students as an English tutor for City College of San Francisco.
November 9 – Special Edition
Featuring stories from the Formerly Incarcerated Peoples Project (FIPP)
November 16 – Special Edition
Featuring stories from the Formerly Incarcerated Peoples Project (FIPP)
November 23 – Special Edition
Featuring stories from the Formerly Incarcerated Peoples Project (FIPP)
November 30 – Solo Feature
“Being Me is Ridiculous” by Hanna Rachel Gerry
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Being me is Ridiculous is based on Hanna’s experience with the diagnosis of a rare disorder and the subsequent waves it creates in her life. This one-woman show deals with the emotional and physical healing at the beginning of one’s adult life, the highs and lows of our health care system, and ultimately, what is preventing us from having affordable care for all. Words by Hanna Rachel Gerry. Music by Matthew Doohan. Directed by Stacey Ardelean.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Hanna Rachel Gerry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of California, Irvine, a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from California State University, Los Angeles, and is currently pursuing a second Master’s in Drama Therapy at California Institute of Integral Studies. In 2018 she debuted her one-woman show Being Me is Ridiculous, in collaboration with Fuse Theatre Ensemble at Monday Night Marsh at The Marsh theatre in San Francisco. In 2020, a filmed version was released on youtube in collaboration with Fuse and the Bay Area Women’s+ Theatre Festivals. Hanna has performed Off-Broadway, throughout the Bay Area, in Los Angeles and in Orange County. Her favorite roles include Bonnie in Anythings Goes and Mrs. Cohen in Rent the Musical. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and of Theatre Bay Area.
December 7 – Solo Feature
“The Amok Monologues” by Emil Guillermo
“Life is a Riot” by Carol Klyce
December 28 – Special Edition
3 Interwoven Stories Performed by
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