Monday Night Marsh

 

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. 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 to 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.


To purchase tickets online, please click on a date below
(please review price descriptions above):

  • January 27, 2020 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 01-27-20 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Buy all other dates in the link below!

 


How to Submit Your Piece

Want the chance to perform on Monday Night Marsh and be a part of the magic? We will be accepting submissions for the July-December series starting Monday, April 13. Detailed information on what and how to submit, as well as performance dates, will be made available on that day. The submission period will remain open for approximately six weeks. If you have any questions, email Program Director, Alexa Almira, at mondaynight@themarsh.org

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


Spring 2020 Series!

January 13 & 27

“CHASING TEMPLES” by Betsy Murphy
Why traveling far from home can be the best place to find yourself.

Betsy B. Murphy is the author of the popular book Autobiography of An Orgasm. The book became the entertaining and enlightening solo show, The O Diary. Through intimate storytelling, Betsy inspires others to take the things that hurt us and turn it into what heals us. Betsy’s next book, Chasing Temples, is being released in 2020.

“DAVE, MUHAMMAD, & I AT THE AMERICANA HOTEL” by Edward Lebowitz
“Dave, Muhammad, & I at the Americana Hotel” is a fictional play about what it means to ‘be a man.’ What is courage? What is cowardice? Must we give up self-esteem for survival? Two brothers come to vastly different conclusions as they respond to the influences of their ‘greatest generation’ father and uncles and Muhammad Ali who changes everything. It is inspired by conviction that the Vietnam War shaped the lives of baby boomers regardless of whether they set foot in Vietnam and that Muhammad Ali is a hero who in standing up for his freedom stood up for ours. I dedicate these performances to his memory and to everyone whose life was upended or lost by that disaster.

Edward Lebowtiz is a physician and practices medicine part time at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. He graduated with a Master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) from San Francisco State University in January 2018.

“WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT SEX” by Steve Budd
Based on interviews, Steve plays a dozen characters, including a gay man, a trans man, a bi woman, an 81 year-old woman with an active sex life, and more. He weaves in his own sexual history and his search for peace and passion between the sheets.

Steve Budd is an actor, storyteller, standup comic, and solo performer. He’s acted with numerous Bay Area companies, including the San Francisco Playhouse, Central Works, Custom Made, Symmetry, New COnservatory, and Marin Shakespeare. He’s also appeared as a solo performer and storyteller at The Marsh, Solo Sundays, Tell It On Tuesday, and the MIll Valley Public Library. His solo show “What They Said ABout Love” won Best of the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival and ran for four months at The Marsh in 2018, extended by popular demand.

“SEAMUS IN THE SAFEHOUSE–AN INNER MONOLOGUE” by Edwin Richards
“Seamus in the Safehouse” –Part I of a three part solo performance

As an idealistic youth growing up in the southwest of Ireland, Seamus joined the Provisional IRA to fight for justice. Now holed up in a safehouse in Belfast, he reflects on differences between himself and his ‘housemates’ and begins to explore past choices and present options.

Edwin Richards began working on this piece three years ago when he was a member of the postgraduate group at the Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco. It has since been developed with Charlie Varon.

“HOW I BECAME A HOARDER” by Yvonne Baginski
It all started with a single phone call about 15 years ago. Someone was looking for a wheelchair. Maybe I could help them find one. Today my front porch is bursting with medical supplies. My living room is filled with boxes, my garage is stacked with walkers and I just won the Jefferson Award for community volunteerism. This is a true story.

Yvonne Baginski’s childhood dream was to become a New York Times reporter, a famous Broadway actress, or Dorothy Day’s replacement. She’s managed to screw up everything possible about her life, and still raise children, start a newspaper, run a business, and now…finally start the storytelling career of her dreams. Mainly, she’s known as a “senior” advocate, but she scoffs at that reality, knowing that doing the right thing, at any age, is what is the challenge to us all. She’s also really tired of being single.


February 10 & 24

February 10

“HE WANTS TO RUN Act 2” by David Kleinberg
David hates running and dogs but ends up running with his neighbor’s dog Butler for 13 years in Coverdale, CA.. This unusual friendship teaches David about living and dying.

This is David Kleinberg’s fourth solo theater work following “The Voice” and two works on the Vietnam War–“Hey, Hey, LBJ!” (David’s year as an army combat correspondent) and “Return to the Scene of the Crime” (going back to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to visit where his buddies died and to try to perform “LBJ” under threat of arrest from the communist government). David also spent 10 years doing stand-up comedy (appearing with Robin Williams, Saturday Night Live’s Dana Carvey and Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Richard Lewis. David also was an editor/writer at the SF Chronicle for 34 years, editing the Sunday Datebook the last 14 years.

“THE LIGHTNING OF A FIRE” by Elizabeth Du Val
In short, this is a thank you letter to the teachers in my life, and a window into the ballet world–the humiliations, boredom, and patient but demanding teachers that are a part of it. In long, it is an excerpt of a piece which wonders about passion and what happens when our road doesn’t lead where we had hoped. And introduced us to a few characters on the way.

Elizabeth Du Val is a retired ballet dancer who failed to achieve greatness repeatedly, despite the determined efforts of brilliant teachers. She still tries to keep a toe in the performing arts whenever possible.

“ELEVATOR PITCH” by Bennet Caffee
Bennet Caffee has performed “My First Miracle” depicting his misadventures living with bipolar mood disorder at several Fringe Festivals over the last couple of years. Last May, he performed “Elevator Pitch” as part of “You Don’t Know Me,” a group show produced by Toni Weingarten featuring performers with various mental health challenges. For Monday Night Marsh, he will perform “Elevator Pitch” again, in which he describes the awkwardness of “coming out” bipolar. He will add bits of his other show “Psych Nurse,” which recounts his experiences working as a nurse in an adolescent psychiatric unit.

“DOCUMENTED” by Dave Nihill
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Dave Nihill is an NPR featured storyteller, bestselling author, first ever Irish winner of the annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, runner up in the Moth’s largest US GrandSlam storytelling competition and the first ever Irish comedian to have a special on Dry Bar Comedy. His work has been featured in Inc, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Irish Times, TED, The Irish Independent, TED, Today FM, and on TV3.

“DRY BAR COMEDY SET” by Maureen Langan
I am taping a standup comedy special a week after this MNM performance in Provo, Utah for a company called Dry Bar Comedy, which has an online presence around the country and world. However, there is to be no cursing or taking the Lord’s name in vain, but having multiple wives is okay. That’s a hack, stereotypical joke. I take it back. I am using MNM’s valuable time to work on my non-cursing, Lord-respecting set to be revealed to all of Utah and beyond.

Maureen Langan was a broadcast journalist for Bloomberg TV & Radio before becoming a standup comic and radio talk show host. She has performed with Rosie O’Donnell, opened for Steve Wright, Joy Behar, Dennis Miller, and Gladys Knight. As a comic, she has performed standup at festivals in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, and South Africa.

“GRANDMA & ME” a short preview by Brian Copeland
In 1979, Brian’s mother died suddenly, leaving behind 5 children for his 57 year old grandmother to raise alone. 22 years later, Brian finds himself in the same predicament when the end of a marriage leaves him alone with his three kids. Through laughter and tears, he compares and contrasts trials of single parenting in the 1970s and the dawn of the 21st century as he tries to answer the question…What does it truly mean to be a father?

Brian Copeland has been in show business since he first stepped on the comedy stage at age 18. Soon, he was headlining clubs and concerts across the country and opening for such artists as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, and Aretha Franklin in venues from the Universal Amphitheater to Constitution Hall in Washington DC.

February 24

“HE WANTS TO RUN” by David Kleinberg
David hates running and dogs but ends up running with his neighbor’s dog Butler for 13 years in Coverdale, CA.. This unusual friendship teaches David about living and dying. This is David’s fourth solo work following “The Voice,” “Hey, Hey, LBJ!,” and “Return to the Scene of the Crime.” David also was an editor/writer at the SF Chronicle for 34 years, editing the Sunday Datebook the last 14 years.

“THE LIGHTNING OF A FIRE” by Elizabeth Du Val
In short, this is a thank you letter to the teachers in my life, and a window into the ballet world–the humiliations, boredom, and patient but demanding teachers that are a part of it. In long, it is an excerpt of a piece which wonders about passion and what happens when our road doesn’t lead where we had hoped. And introduced us to a few characters on the way. Elizabeth Du Val is a retired ballet dancer who failed to achieve greatness repeatedly, despite the determined efforts of brilliant teachers.

“ELEVATOR PITCH” by Bennet Caffee
Bennet Caffee has performed “My First Miracle” depicting his misadventures living with bipolar mood disorder at several Fringe Festivals over the last couple of years. Last May, he performed “Elevator Pitch” as part of “You Don’t Know Me,” a group show produced by Toni Weingarten featuring performers with various mental health challenges. For Monday Night Marsh, he will perform “Elevator Pitch” again, in which he describes the awkwardness of “coming out” bipolar. He will add bits of his other show “Psych Nurse,” which recounts his experiences working as a nurse in an adolescent psychiatric unit.

“DRY BAR COMEDY SET” by Maureen Langan
I am taping a standup comedy special a week after this MNM performance in Provo, Utah for a company called Dry Bar Comedy, which has an online presence around the country and world. However, there is to be no cursing or taking the Lord’s name in vain, but having multiple wives is okay. That’s a hack, stereotypical joke. I take it back. I am using MNM’s valuable time to work on my non-cursing, Lord-respecting set to be revealed to all of Utah and beyond.

“TENT CITY” by Don Reed
Don Reed takes you into the world of homelessness through the sometimes humorous, assured tragic eyes of the souls he has met and his own personal experiences of having no place to go.

Don Reed (Snap Judgement/NBC/MOTH Host) is a TBA Theater Award Winner for his solo show “East 14th.” He is currently Co-Producing Robert Townsend’s solo show hit “Living the Shuffle” and has one of the lead roles in the Amazon Prime Series “Bartlett” –recurring role starring HAMILTON’S Lin Manuel Miranda.


March 9 & 16

“SPOKEN WORD” by Alan Harris
“OUT OF LINE” by Kathleen Denny
“MUNI DIARIES EPISODE 72” by Gwen
“YANGA GODDESS” by Yvonne Onakeme
“OH MYRA” by Geneva Rust-Orta


March 23 & 30

Special Monday Night Marsh presents the works-in-progress from a festival that will feature performances by formerly incarcerated people. The official festival will take place in June at The Marsh Berkeley. Produced and Directed by Mark Kenward & Rebecca Fisher.


April 6 & 20

“BULLIES EVERYWHERE” by Alex Adams
“THE DEATH OF A DIFFICULT MOTHER” by Melinda Ginne
“FROM SOUND CLOUD” by Lev Zeiger
“JUVIE” by Manuel Fernandez
“DEAR GENDER” by Diana Lauren Jones


April 13 & 27

“WHERE IS SAFETY?” by David Steinore
“THE ROAD UNRAVELED” by Skip Goodman
“VICTIM-DEFENDANT” by Christa Sacco
“FIVE THOUSAND URGENTLY POINTLESS DISTRACTIONS” by Abdul Kenyatta
“BURNING MAN” by Jane Gire


May 4 & 18

“IT’S THE FIRE’S TURN” by Joseph M. Mallon
“SWANA KING” by Vera Hannush
“RESULTS OF RECONSIDERATION” by Mick Renner
“WE ARE ALL FRIENDS” by Molly Rose-Williams
“I AM TRYING TO THINK OF SOME WAY TO SHORTEN THIS TITLE BECAUSE I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE IT’S TOO LONG” by Lee Archer


May 11 & 25

Special Monday Night Marsh presents the works-in-progress from a festival that will feature performances by formerly incarcerated people. The official festival will take place in June at The Marsh Berkeley. Produced and Directed by Mark Kenward & Rebecca Fisher.


June 1 & 15

“NOTHING TO SAY” by Celina Reynes
“FIREFLIES OF COMEDY” by Sally Love Saunders
“HERE’S WHAT’S NEXT” by Sharon Eberhardt
“DR. IT” by M. Mather George
“KIND OF A DRAG” by Richelle Slota


June 8 & 22

“THE FRIENDSHIP SHOW” by Jill Eikmann
“NEW WORLD DRUMSCAPES” by Andy Graham
“NO EXIT” by Michal Victoria
“WITH WAAN STAAN” by Karen Roekard
“GENDER JOURNEY” by Llano River Blue


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  • January 27, 2020 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 01-27-20 (SF)
AEC v1.0.4

Buy all other dates in the link below!

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