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.
EVERY Monday at 7:30pm LIVE
About Monday Night Marsh
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.
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: January 4, January 11, January 18, January 25
HOW TO SUBMIT: Send your title, blurb, bio, and photo of either you or something that represents your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Monday Night MarshStream Upcoming Performances
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: COVID COVID COVID” by Emil Guillermo
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Emil Amok does not go gentle into this good Zoom. Stuck in his closet, trying to play it safe, he rails out at life, while seeking a way out. As we approach the holidays, he thinks about Christmas, his first-born daughter, getting the host job at NPR’s “All Things Considered,” growing up in San Francisco, and all political matters big and small, as he ages in place–in a closet. A spoken word comic romp of the sort when one sees Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” and “South Pacific” in the same week.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: “Emil Amok” is the name of Emil Guillermo’s column on race, politics, and society that he has published since 1995 in Asian American and Filipino ethnic media. A self-described social “wittic,” he has taken his writings and adapted them to the stage since 2013. He’s had runs at the Orlando Fringe, Capital Fringe (Wash. DC), San Diego Fringe, and the Charm City Fringe (Baltimore). And at the SF Playground Solofest.
Emil is the host of “The PETA Podcast” and “Emil Amok’s Takeout”
Read his columns on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund website: http://www.aaldef.org/blog
See his vlog/blog at http://www.amok.com
December 14 – Special “Transit” Edition
“Richard James: A Holiday Story” by Wayne Harris
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A story about “Holiday Magic” happening on a Metro Transit bus in St.Louis. Proving that “Goodwill to Men” is a good idea, even if it’s Groundhog Day.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 5 full length plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects.
Wayne is currently the Director of the Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco, CA and a Resident Teaching Artist for StageBridge (An intergenerational theater) in Oakland, CA.
In addition, Wayne adjudicates various pageantry events on the West coast and currently offers performance workshops to all types of youth performing groups.
Excerpts from “Transit Transients” by Eric Hall
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Eric Hall has been driving for Metro for several years now.
Being in the drivers seat is the best way to view how people mingle on a day to day basis.
There are endless stories. So much to see, one can never be bored.
“Looking for Stagetime” by Jen SluMac
SHOW DESCRIPTION: It’s November, 2004. The time is just after midnight off of Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA. An aspiring comedian makes her way around the scene to follow her dream. Decisions about who she is and who she wants to be make looking for stage time no laughing matter. Starring Jen SluMac, author of soulnotskin: becoming the me I was meant to be, available on Amazon.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Jen SluMac is a hope dealer, living a life that aims to make the world beautiful and just for all. She aims to be part of the solution in a world tormented by fear and violence, separateness and isolation. Jen agrees with Mother Theresa who said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Jen’s debut novel, soulnotskin: becoming the me I was meant to be, was inspired by true events. As a queer woman longing for a faith community, her road has been complicated but never deterred. She found her ministry in storytellig–as a graphic designer, comedian/performer, speaker, teather, and author.
As an educator and counselor, she has worked and volunteered inside of jails, prisons, churches, and schools–places hat often harm rather than heal or (re)habilitate. She has taken to the streets to meet those experiencing homelessness and the many challenges that accompany it. www.soulnotskin.com
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Jonathan Young
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A former child reflects on the ingredients of a memorable holiday in a sprawling family.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Jonathan Young is a storyteller who has appeared in festivals from Los Angeles to Sydney to Edinburgh. His campus presentations have included UCLA, Harvard, and Oxford. He is featured in several documentary series, mainly on the History Channel. His background includes assisting mythologist Joseph Campbell, and later curating Campbell’s papers. Jonathan is a psychologist and professor in Santa Barbara. He also trains therapists in clinical uses of stories.
“Emotional Garage Sale!” by Jacqi Bowe
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A clutter nut wrestles with her junk in this hilarious hybrid of comedy, song, dance and characters. The big trend these days is watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, but Jacqi Bowe explores mindful downsizing while remembering to be careful what you dump. One person’s dysfunctionality is another person’s charm!Bowe gets help from the next door neighbors of her psyche. Ida-President of “Just Say No To Bingo!” Don’t you dare call her retired. She wasn’t tired the first time. Sister Mary Mallarkey -Rebel Nun taking on the Catholic Church AND Hollywood, Bobby Joe“ Big Hair, Big Dreams” Lee- the downsized Dolly Parton, Colette Eau De Toilette –Love’s Americans. Just not in France and Coach Stella Stella, a life coach who doesn’t let the fact that her life sucks stop her from making money trying to fix everyone else’s.
ARYIST BIOGRAPHY: Jacqi Bowe-Actor, Comedy Writer, Stand-Up Comedian, Showrunner, Singer, Dancer, Producer, and Ukulele Player earned a degree in MP/TV at UCLA and has been busy on stage, in television, film and commercials ever since. She gets the most excited creating and producing original material. Her solo show “Emotional Garage Sale”, was a selection in the The White Fire Theatre Solo Fest 2020.
Samantha No Ho Arts District Jacqi toured the country with her stand-up act, including The Comedy Store, Punchline and Flappers and studied comedy Improv at Second City. Before the Pandemic the The Jacqi Bowe Variety Show traveled to corporate events, resorts and senior communities. During the Pandemic, Jacqi keeps live streaming and zooming her show to her fans. A published cartoonist she took first prize at The Add-ventures of Pam’la Pesto Perfekt-the Perfekt Estrogen American in the Marin County Fair-home of the late Charles M Schultz.
December 28 – Special Edition
3 Interwoven Stories Performed by
More information will available soon!
January 4 – Solo Feature
“Life is a Riot” by Carole Klyce
“A Matter of Life and Death” by Malcolm Grissom
It’s the moment Malcolm’s been working towards since he was ten. It’s the moment his doctors said might never arrive. And, as it turns out, it’s the moment that changes his life forever.