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.

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.

How to Submit Your Piece

Want the chance to perform on Monday Night Marsh? Our submission period for the July – December 2018 series will open Monday, April 23, 2018. If you have any questions, please email Program Director, Alexa Almira at

Upcoming Performances

(All performances located at our San Francisco Mainstage unless otherwise noted)j

January 8 & 22

“THE AMAZING REVERSO” by Allan Crossman
Give him a word, any word, and he’ll say it backwards! Some everyday words turn into crazy ones, light into dark–and others with linked meanings in both directions. Politicians, Philosophers, Movie Stars, Pets…you name it, and Reverso will find the secrets hidden within! He has saved some of the best for you–and you will wonder at how he does it!

“ONE OUT — ONE IN” by Judith C
Deeply honest and open as Judith captures the intensity of life at a time of crisis, putting together moments of joy, grief, fear, humor, anger, exhaustion, and wonder.

“The Perimeter inside” is a semi-autobiographical coming out of the closet (actually, the footlocker) monologue performed by an older man willing to share details of his socialization into a largely invisible subculture, that of the military dependent, the child of a career soldier parent. The performance discloses the complicated struggle of one military dependent to overcome years of internalizing the compulsory norms and ideology of military culture and to reconcile it with an existence based on individual choice and decision making.

Magdalena Soul’s Personal journey from the time she was sexually
abused by her father to being sexual abused by her now ex husband.
Before there was the me too campaign there was Magdalena Soul’s
campaign to end her own sexual abuse.

“I AM TRYING TO THINK (of some way to make the title shorter because this one is way too long I think we can all agree)” by Lee Archer
Lee Archer’s solo show “I Am trying to Think (of some way to make the title shorter because this one is way too long I think we can all agree)” is truly perfect for anyone who would see a show with that title. And their friends, because usually you have at least one friend you could text saying “hey this sounds interesting, let’s go see this :)” and that friend would say “OK!” without needing t o know every little detail up front. And then more friends might join too since you and your first friend are going and it is already a little group and that is always fun! Lee Archer’s show has been called “Entertaining!” by you, if you have been reading this sentence out loud. Is that a good enough summary? Hello?

February 12 & 26

“PEOPLE LIKE US” by Kathleen Denny
How do you live when you are 21, yet might die at any moment? Audience members enjoy my full-length Marsh Rising, “Nice Is Not What We Do,” and this summer, I will take it to the fringe festivals. Afterward many people have questions–about illness, about my work as a union machinist and air frame mechanic. I am working on juxtaposed short scenes to grapple with those questions. Having a metastasized cancer, I lived in full knowledge that, if my next medical check revealed yet another recurrence of cancer, I would be dead within 6 months. But then I fond out–many of us get no warning at all…with material like this, humor is the biggest challenge, but essential, I think.

“ON THE BRINK” by Linda Joy
“On the Brink” takes you inside the world of adults 55+ living in affordable housing in the second poorest county in California. When Linda Joy loses her footing in the professional middle class, she becomes a stranger in a strange land. Red Colusa County is only a 2 hour drive from San Francisco but commuting between the two places leaves this former Nordstrom’s shopper disoriented. Where does she belong? What would she have to do to be accepted in her new setting? Could it be that living below the poverty line in Trump country will lead to serendipitous discoveries about herself and an understanding of her neighbors?

“I’M WITH HERPES” by Robin Diamond
Robin Diamond shares her saga of going viral in “I’m With Herpes.” During a tumultuous time of major life changes and grief following her mother’s death, she is left with this unexpected lifetime membership from a tryst with a married man, who vanishes without explanation. It’s an obsession of loss and herpes, his breach of human decency and trust, and her endless search for answers and the meaning of his mysterious disappearance in the age of social media, narcissism, and rampant sexual misconduct. Part humorous herpes primer, part psychological thriller, it’s an ironic explanation of losing so much while acquiring one thing that lasts forever. Diamond hopes to become the celebrity spokesperson for herpes, and urges you to catch the show, not the virus.

“MUTTI” by Laura Jane Bailey
“Mutti” is a monologue about a Midwest, middle-aged woman finding who she is through women’s work. What dirty secrets lurk behind the seemingly antiseptic cornfields of the Midwest and fresh comforts of suburban California? How does anyone live through trauma, deep disappointment, and the horrors of a World War, to come out the other side brimming with joy, kindness, and hospitality? Is it possible to have peace, love, and dust-free living without being resentful? With the help of a new husband and a new mother-in-law, she dives into the meaning of family, love, and housekeeping.

Tango–Arguably the most sensual dance of the world. A dance where passion merges with sensuality, and transcendence is born through rigidities of moves. It is a couple dance where the communication is through hearts, hand not required. One can have any role of the leader or follower, but once one chooses the role, the expectation is to do justice to the role. Somewhere in Germany, as I waited to pick up a friend from her tango lessons, I felt the draw towards the music as if combination of violins, flute, piano, and bandenons wants to say something to me. 3 years later, through a series of unexpected events, I found myself breezing through various parts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I would later be diagnosed with lumbar hernia, joint L5-S1.

Buy Tickets Online Here:

Buy Tix Online:
To purchase tickets online, please click on a date below
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  • February 12, 2018 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 02-12-18 (SF)
  • February 26, 2018 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 02-26-18 (SF)
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Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
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Upcoming Events

March 5 & 19
March 12 & 26