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 a Piece

Want the chance to perform on Monday Night Marsh? Our next submission period for the January – June 2018 series will open on October 23, 2017. Detailed information on what to include in your submission and how to submit your piece will posted here on that date. If you have any other questions in the meantime, please email Program Director, Alexa Almira at alexa@themarsh.org.

Upcoming Performances

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

July 10 & 24

“THE NEW GUY” by Chuck Nevius
Having just arrived in San Francisco, a reporter tries to find a story to convince his new employer, the San Francisco Chronicle, that hiring him was not a mistake. He and another reporter decide to concentrate on the University of San Francisco basketball team. Back in 1981, the Dons were ranked in the top 20 in the country and their star, Quintin Dailey, was not only an All-American, he was a certain first round NBA pick. It was a great story, but it also took a disturbing, unexpected turn. (Please note: This piece includes some graphic description of sexual assault).

“OVERLOOKED LATINAS” by Tina D’Elia
Angel Torres and Carla Garcia, two queer Puerto Ricans, have a chance of a life-time to film their new television pilot “Overlooked Latinas” in New York City! But while auditions begin, they are faced with demands from the executive producer, threats of lesbian divorce, a baby clock ticking, and a possible affair. While the dreams of their lifetimes are in the hands of Angel and Carla–good old lesbian drama throws a curve ball.

“CHRYSALIS” by Airial Clark
What does it take to find your true form? Becoming a butterfly isn’t the graceful, easeful process it’s made out to be. Chrysalis is a true 20-minute tragicomical tale of medicine and transformation where a woman’s real life chrysalis defies the medical world. From ceremony to surgery to sexism, this is the misadventure of a lifetime.

“NAMASTE MOTHERFUCKERS” by Wendy Taylor
When my father got sick with cancer, I moved to New York City to take care of him. It wasn’t easy. Once in a while, I would swipe a morphine pill…or 2 or 3, and visit my friend Travis in Chelsea. We’d do the morphine, drink some white wine and watch Sex in the City. It’s okay to use a little morphine when you’re 40 and living on a pullout sofa while caring for your dad who has cancer, isn’t it?

“HAPPY PEOPLE DO NOT PLAY THE BASS” by Phil Surkis
Phil fidgeted with handwritten notecard for the whole 7-mile bus ride, resisting the urge to let the humid New England airstream carry it out the window. Now face to face with the record shop bulletin board, he was forced to make a decision. Ambivalence was no longer an option.


July 17 & 31

“DANCE OF THE SPIDER & LIKE A FATHER” by Gino Rose
DANCE OF THE SPIDER (July 17): The secrets of Southern Italy are surprisingly dark. There is even a song that describes it, The Tarantella. And, Gene Thomas–never Italian enough with a name like that–knows the darkest secret in his grad school life is in his mother’s dark bedroom, where she is “taken to her bed.” But sometimes, that precise secret forces its way out, written on pink paper. What dark and precociously mature, real Italian boys will spy the message this time, and not understand that Gene himself is caught in the web.

LIKE A FATHER (July 31): Gino arrives at the gates–is it the Court of Self Worth? He’s equipped with an array of intriguing stories from his family history, each one telling his side of events. But he’s facing a real life jury of his peers. How long will he be able to keep blaming the man who sired him? Who’s the true prosecutor? Who’s the real defendant? And who’s in favor of a second chance? Can we see a show of hands?

“A BOY NAMED BHU” by Nathaniel Muhler
“A Boy Named Bhu” is an autobiographical solo performance written and performed by Nathaniel Muhler. Nicknamed ‘Bhu,’ Nathaniel spent the first seven years of school bullied by a group of kids who turned everything good in his life against him. The story recounts how he struggled with low self-esteem, anxietym and doubt into his adult years. Humor and incredulity are tools used to reframe what was once a tired and sad story into a new narrative of self-discovery, resilience, and insight toward the effort to counter the damaging effects of bullying.

“WAITING FOR MY PARENTS TO DIE SO I CAN INHERIT ALL THEIR MONEY” by Yvonne Baginski
My parents are going to trick death. They are edging through their 80s in failing health, but death is still an “if” not a “when.” They have been warned by their trusted close friends that their children’s only wish is to take all their money when they die…so, they are determined that neither will happen. So, as a professional eldercare advisor, having tried every possible scenario for them to create a self-narrated health care directive, I have hit the walls built up by their childhood enemies: Adolf Hitler & Josef Stalin.

Childhood Holocaust survivors, my parents have faced enough death for a lifetime and they believe that somehow life will give them a reprieve. It will reward them with infinity. My story delves into the truth behind denial, the fear of reality and the irony of being the eldercare advising daughter with parents who don’t believe anything I say. And, it is true.

“GRATITUDE” by Nekia Wright
This is a piece about my mom and how she’s been a key inspiration throughout my life. I will open and close with a musical performance. The rest of the piece includes a series of stories about her extra-ordinary life and how it’s inspired me to achieve greatness. My mom recently transitioned to the great beyond and there are some underlying themes of grieving and that process, punctuated with quite a bit of humor, and a beautiful song expressing my appreciation and gratitude for this beautiful life she gave me.

“ALTERNATIVE ACTS” by John Galloway
This new solo work from John Galloway meets you right where you usually are–cowering on the sofa, stuffing your face with snacks and binge-watching, well, everything–and lifts you right up into silly salvation. WARNING: experiencing this show may actually help you deal with unfathomable global politics! Let some mighty supernatural and comedic forces take over your immobilized, confused self and transform those heavy thoughts about the geopolitical nightmare into lighthearted actions. John invites very dissimilar allies to team up and chop off the head of the Tweeted Tragedy while shaking us awake and spreading seeds of joy. Together we’ll turn back the clock on this awful reality T.V. show that we’re in to a lighter 60s-era game show full of purpose and belly laughs. Send in the clowns and wear your leisure suit!

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  • July 24, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 07-24-17 (SF)
  • July 31, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 07-31-17 (SF)
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Next Events:

August 7 & 21
August 14 & 28