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: All tickets are $8 at the door, or purchased online. (See below to purchase tickets online)
All seating for these performances are first-come, first-served.
Performances take place in the MainStage Theater in San Francisco.

Now Accepting Submissions!

The submission period for our July – December 2017 series is now open! Click here for detailed instructions on how and what to include in your submission.
DeadlineFriday, June 2, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact Program Director, Alexa Almira directly at

Upcoming Performances

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

 June 5 & 19

The year is 1982. Reagan is President, E.T. is released, and Jeremy takes a road trip with his week-end-father to Orange County. Forced to repeatedly tickle his father’s feet, sleep in his grandmother’s bed, and go to an unknown relative’s wedding–he’ll do and say anything that will secure a visit to the most magical place on Earth–Disneyland.

Journey Into My Bisexuality recaps from the time I realized at ten years old that I was a Bisexual to how I feel about my journey now at age 55. This piece is dedicated to Dr. David Lourea who was one of the co-founders of the BiSexual in San Francisco ho died of AIDS in 1992.

I am a gonzo international businessman and an asshole in my prime. I am partaking in a five day adventure in the Inner Mongolian territories of Chine, amongst the pulsating changes of ‘China out-capitalizing the capitalists’ amidst Lawrence of Arabia landscapes, Hunter Thompson characters, and vertically challenged circus contortionists in a Mongolian nightclub. I’ve found myself in an episode of ‘Mongolian Gone Wild’ while spectacularly losing a drinking contest, escaping a large black snake, recreating biblical miracle, and then flying back to NYC, where I reconnect with my soul by pondering Lou Reed, the NRA, and thee Arab/Israeli conflict. I know I am home when I immediately lose a dueling asshole contest and land in an overcrowded airport jail cell, If you pay attention, you will learn the precise meaning of three Yiddish words.

“YOU BETTA WORK, JESÚS!” by Jesús U. BettaWork
Get ready for 100% real-fruit comedy of Jesús U. BettaWork! With a blood type of espresso, Jesús has an energy that’ll put the electric company out of business! He has performed at San Francisco’s Punchline, Tommy T’s, Tourettes Without Regrets in Oakland, and numerous bars and cafes where he ends up being the special of the day. To find out the skinny latte on Jesús, get your log on at Yaaaaaas!

June 12 & 26

“May Name Is NOT Maria Contreras” is an original piece written and performed by 16 year-old Maria Contreras. She tells the story of her ancestors as they ruled this continent for 15,000 years before the people arrive from Europe, and what her people have contributed to the world as a whole. This is the second play she has written this year.

This 20-minute story is about Cyprien’s life as a boy deemed in need of rehabilitation. At age 13, he was sent to country camp for a year and two months, which only fascinated more bad behavior. He was then sentenced at age 15 to the California Youth Authority for two years, which solidified his bad behavior and led to being sentenced 26 years to life at age 17. From his childhood in Watts to growing up in lockup and being schooled by fellow inmates, this is the story of a boy who became a man during his 26 years of incarceration.

Cyprien has performed excerpts on related themes at MOTH story slams, in standup comedy routines, and with the Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare for Social Justice Troupe.

How do you persuade people who don’t share your reality? For this child of survivors of European Fascism, wearing a pink pussy hat isn’t enough. At Inauguration Day in D.C., she tries to persuade Trump supporters they made a terrible mistake, heckles patrons in line for inauguration balls, and shames infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in a chance encounter that turns into a video gone viral. Back home, she attempts to dialogue with Neo-Nazis in Berkeley at a Trump rally that erupts into fist fights and pepper spray attacks with Anti-Fascists. Thanks to current events, this is a work in progress…at least until the current administration triggers a nuclear war.

Annette Roman is the creator of two previous solo shows developed with David Ford at The Marsh: Hitler’s Li’l Abomination and Animal Love, which have toured a total of 11 fringe festivals and 2 countries since 2011, including the cities of Edinburgh, Vancouver, and San Francisco.

“ALL PUCKED UP” by Emil Guillermo
“Emil Guillermo’s Amok Monologues” is a series of pieces developed over the last two years in classes with Charlie Varon, David Ford, and Mark Kenward. The new “All Pucked Up,” Guillermo’s often funny and poignant personal tale is about growing up in San Francisco told as a short history of American Filipino. It includes his father’s story of being among the first colonized immigrants in the 20s to the city, the Jim Crow racism they experiences in California, and how all of that has impacted his own life and work in the media, and the murder of his cousin in the South of Market neighborhood.

Buy Tickets Online Here:

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

  • June 5, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 06-05-17 (SF)
  • June 12, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 06-12-17 (SF)
  • June 19, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 06-19-17 (SF)
  • June 26, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 06-26-17 (SF)
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Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
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