Monday Night Marsh

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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.


We are now accepting submissions for the July – December 2019 series! Click here for detailed instructions on how and what to submit in your submission. The deadline for submissions is MONDAY, MAY 27. Email Program Director, Alexa Almira at with any questions. 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

April 8 & 22

“A FAIR FIGHT” by L. M.  Bogad
A FAIR FIGHT is the true story of a family that came from Minsk to New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1890s: my family. This is their story of street fights, smuggling, speakeasies, and prizefighting during Prohibition, culminating in an armed confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan in upstate New York in the depths of the Depression. A FAIR FIGHT digs into immigrant rights, persecution, criminalization, and identity, the pros and cons of holding a grudge or keeping your values, and evolving definitions of manhood, “toughness,” and “American-ness.”

“CESAREAN” by Arnie Warshaw
A daughter’s anger: “There’s nothing wrong with me. It;s all a big lie. I’m just like everybody else.”

A mother’s guilt: “The world has been so unfair to her. So unfair. She never asked to be like this.”

Sixty three years of love and pain wrapped in deep shame.

“THE STORY OF A NICE WHITE LADY” by Houston Robertson
In this confessional scolding of the nice white lady, Houston Robertson suggests good intentions are not good enough as she parallels her personal story and a storybook on to highlight the clueless racism and homophobia of nice white ladies. She also pays tribute to her mother who “seemed to have no racial walls.” Directed by Mark Kenward.

Lisa explores history, culture, and the unspoken rules of family as she tries to make sense of her experience growing up in midwest America as the daughter of Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants. Equipped with a desire to fit in and an overly active imagination, and surrounded by well-meaning teachers, it’s up to Lisa to bridge the gap between where she came from and where she’s headed. Can she break enough rules to free herself and still emerge whole?

April 15 & 29

“MY MOTHER, THOSE GIRLS, & ME” by Heidi Borst
Autobiographical tales from Heidi’s life recreate colorful characters as Heidi navigates the often times quirky world of dealing with a myriad of other females. Heidi sings Jazz and pop tunes adding to the atmospheres of the decades. She also seamlessly integrates movement theater and mime to express her experiences…Topics explored love, friendship, devotion, and self defense. It is both hilarious and tragic–but the twists will have you in stitches. Written/Directed by Heidi Borst. Artistic Consultant Don Reed.

“WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T…” by Denise Dee
“You’ll never be pretty so you better be smart” said my mother. What happens when a 13 year old working class girl discovers what happens to smart women and decides maybe she doesn’t want to be pretty, smart, or a woman?

S. Michael Perlmutter (performer)
Victoria Wolfe (writer/director)
Chad at mid-life reflects on a turning point in his youth when he was gravely ill and discovers new love. Reviving a collaboration from 2005, ITHACA is a reunion for Michael and Victoria. Very special thanks to Greg Angeo, who directed the original production at the Fringe of Marin, and Annette Lust, who made it all happen in the first place.

On a trip to Europe one summer, Bill and his family are dogged by unsolved mysteries. Wait, what just happened? We may never know. Bill Zarchy worked all over the globe during his 40 years as a cinematographer, as captured in his memoire, “Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil.” Now he writes novels and tells stories. He is a graduate of the EPIC Storytelling Program at Stagebridge in Oakland.

“FLAG HALF MAST” by The Book of Jones 
“Flag Half Mast” combines monologues and songs, revealing a range of perspectives on the Resistance, angry white males, reality TV stars, partisans and brownshirts as they appear in dreams, in old movies, and in the world.

May 6 & 20

“I WONDER” by Dexter Young
Coming Soon.

“HI. (Jean-Luc-Godard)” by Aine Donnelly
Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard, clown Rodeo Debbie conducts an aesthetic investigation, where symposium meets jam session, and the audience contributes vital material. Mr. Goddard knows a lot, but you are your own expert on art! Directed by Elizabeth Baron.

“WHEN YOU ARE CALLED” by Susan Jackson & Diana Brown
Directed by Susan Jackson
Performed by Diana Brown

Janice Surprise Heyer, televangelist with a soul, finds herself at the Spiritual Inclusion Symposium in San Francisco, September 10, 2011. Politically incorrect in the most correct way ever, she works her way through the crowd, seeking believers and doers and shakers, telling stories of her Southern roots and trying to connect. Will she survive? Will the Bay Area? Can a Southern televangelist find connection in the Bay Area and still keep her faith in the words written in red?

“LETTIN THE LORD LEAD ME” by Carsten Spencer
Lettin’ the Lord Lead Me is a musical memoir play which follows my journey from my early Catholic school years to adulthood. The piece incorporates popular music (sometimes with reworked, original lyrics) and dance to tell the story.

June 3 & 17

“LOVING DONALD” by Jane Perkins
“I’M WITH HERPES” by Robin Diamond

“YES, AND…” By Shannon Hughes

June 10 & 24

“SNAPSHOTS OF COMEDY” by Sally Love Saunders
“NO DR. OZ TODAY” by Stacey Andrade

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  • April 29, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 04-29-19 (SF)
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