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.

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

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

December 16 & 30

by Evelyn Jean Pine

It’s 2085. An old woman spins stories of her youth in the 2020s–riotous friendships, intense sex, deep love, and self-discovery–against a backdrop of school-walkouts, mass demonstrations, monkey-wrenching, and horse-trading to shape policy. Always a sidekick, never a leader, her experience–like that of most people involved with social change–is exhausting, eye-opening, outrageous, and mostly–a blast. Her friends and lovers are, natch, the millennials who save the world. Developed in Charlie Varon’s class.

by Malcolm Grissom

This piece is about work, money, and California’s unemployment insurance department.

by Theresa Donahoe

Theresa has a secret . In the Bay Area where people are flinging open their closet doors, she’s not sure she’ll be accepted. Help Theresa come out…as a Christian.

by Hannah Taylor

This is the first episode of Hannah Taylor’s newest solo performance piece. In this work-in-progress, Hannah meets Natalia, a nurse practitioner, just after sunset at an Ocean Beach birthday party and they conspire. Teaming up with Rebecca Fisher and advisors, Planet DoReMi has a little song dilly dilly, Tibetan Tingsha Bells, and Hannah’s newest story.

by Candace Johnson

In VOX in a BOX, a classical soprano struggles to find her authentic voice. She spins French arias, moans spirituals, and moonlights with jazz, Broadway, and gospel. Her sound brings criticism and confusion about her identity. By taking risks and crossing boundaries, she fuses it all in one voice. Candace Y. Johnson shares with candor and humor her long road to vocal truth and freedom.

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 American 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 phsycian 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.

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” –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.

Buy Tickets Online Here:

Buy Tix Online:
To purchase tickets online, please click on a date below
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  • December 16, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 12-16-19 (SF)
  • December 30, 2019 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 12-30-19 (SF)
  • January 13, 2020 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 01-13-20 (SF)
  • January 27, 2020 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 01-27-20 (SF)
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Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
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