Monday Night Marsh

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A San Francisco Institution for 30 years!

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


RESCHEDULE NOTE: Due to the emergency evacuation of The Marsh and our neighbors on Valencia Street on the evening of August 5, Monday Night Marsh was cancelled for that night. BUT GREAT NEWS! We were able to reschedule the performers that were  originally set to perform on August 5. See below for an updated list of performances and performers. As always, thank you for your continual love and support of the MNM program.

August 19

“WELCOME TO THE CANCER CAFE” by Judith Dambowic
“Welcome to the Cancer Cafe” is a Myeloma patient’s journey from diagnosis through stem cell transplant. Judith, a seasoned physical therapist at age 58, received a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, with no clear and accepted treatment path, and a limited life expectancy. She unexpectedly began writing and performing as part of a class to help her manage the ‘new normal.’ This serious yet often funny show, demonstrates her transition fro provider to patient and what lessons this role reversal may have for others.

“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.

“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 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!

“WELCOME TO THE CANCER CAFE” by Judith Dambowic
“Welcome to the Cancer Cafe” is a Myeloma patient’s journey from diagnosis through stem cell transplant. Judith, a seasoned physical therapist at age 58, received a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, with no clear and accepted treatment path, and a limited life expectancy. She unexpectedly began writing and performing as part of a class to help her manage the ‘new normal.’ This serious yet often funny show, demonstrates her transition fro provider to patient and what lessons this role reversal may have for others.

“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 with her high school sweetheart, Bug, 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

“MARRIED TO PETA” & “WILLIE AND LARRY” & “HARVARD PIG” & “GO HOME” excerpts by Emil Amok Guilermo
Veteran SF journalist (NPR, NBC) is changed by animal rights and goes amok in excerpts from monologues on media, race, and privilege in America.

“THERE ARE TENETS OF CIVILIZATION AT STAKE” by Scott Sanders
The cultural challenges of an ex-New Yorker living in the tranquility of the Bay Area. As a definitive New Yorker I missed the attitude, the crowds, the nightlife, the textures, and tones and the swagger unique to NY. Life on the edge heightens your senses–there’s a sense that the atom is being split on a daily basis as thousands of people navigate sidewalks briskly, brusquely without collisions.

“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.

“STRING THEORY” by Dan Schifrin
“Only Connect!” E.M. Forster said. If only it were that easy…Looking for coherence in a universe that has given us Relativity, tofurkey, and Tom Cruise,Dan Schifrin takes us on a journey in which movie stars, physicists, teachers, and theater-makers are all after one thing–connection. The evening includes Part I of an evening-length work.

“DEAR INTERNET TROLLS” by Lauren Mayer
Suburban Jewish mother/political comedy songwriter finds social media visibility is definitely a mixed a bag!

September 16 & 30

“CHANNEL BPD” by Ashley Jaye
“Channel BPD” humorously highlights the cognitive nature Ashley Jaye lives as  a Black woman with mental illness, specifically Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and the anxiety associated with Jaye’s unstable identity. Through 8 different characters, Jaye defines BPD, details what it’s like living in a mental hospital, and describes the intersectional life of being a triple threat: Black, female, and disabled.

“SNAP JUDGEMENT” by Kaseem Bentley
Kaseem Bentley is a comedian writer from San Francisco and will be recording for Snap Judgement this summer.

“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 to 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.

“JUNG’S PIANO” by Lindley Frahm
What if Carl Jung, the controversial Swiss Psychiatrist, had lived to be 100 and decided to learn the piano? In fact, in 1956, Dr. Jung requested a session with Margaret Tilly, the chief music therapist at the Langley Porter Clinic in San Francisco. Rather than describe music therapy, Jung requested that Tilly treat him as her patient. This experience deeply impressed Jung, who died 5 years later. “Jung’s Piano” is a part fantasy, part reality piece based on writing, lectures, and interviews by and about Carl Jung. It presents many of his ideas, such as the collective unconsciousness, individuation, his relationship with Dr. Freud, and also what might have been if Jung had pursued his unexplored journey into music.


October 7 & 21

“FUN FACTS FROM MR. SCIENCE” by Danny Dechi
“ALLEGIANCES” by Amy Oppenheimer
“POOLSIDE, SKID ROW” by Brittany Kamerschen
“TEMPTING FATE” by Ross Travis
“ANY LAUGHTER HELPS” by Sabrina Miller


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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  • August 26, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 08-26-19 (SF)
  • September 9, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 09-09-19 (SF)
  • September 16, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 09-16-19 (SF)
  • September 23, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 09-23-19 (SF)
  • September 30, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 09-30-19 (SF)
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