Live and In-Person
The Marsh San Francisco

Only 6 shows!
Limited Seating

November 12 – 27th
Fridays at 7:00pm Saturdays at 5:00pm

Kate Robards

Can’t Afford To

Comedian and storyteller Kate Robards CAN’T AFFORD TO.  She grew up “broke,” married “rich,” and divorced faster than she could say tax bracket. From Walmart to Neiman’s and back again.  Having tried the Cinderella in need of saving route, and failed, she attempts to find worthines and salvation in a stupid world through something other than money. But in our age of status and consumerism is that even possible?


About the Performer

Kate Robards (Actor/Writer) lives in New York City and is an award-winning writer, comic, and actor from Orange, Texas whose work has been called “hilarious and heartbreaking” (The Washington Post), with the San Francisco Chronicle adding that she has “wry wit.” She is a contributing writer for BETCHES and Lady Spike Media and she wrote jokes and monologues for the 2019 and 2020 Shorty Awards and Bustle Rulebreakers, and has written for Kathy Griffin, Stacey Abrams, and Busy Phillips. Robards has performed with Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, The San Francisco Olympians Festival, EXIT Theatre, Shanghai Repertory Theatre, Urban Aphrodite International, and The Cutting Ball Theater. Her solo play trilogy (Mandarin Orange, Ain’t That Rich, PolySHAMory) has racked up awards and performances across both the country and abroad. In 2014, Mandarin Orange premiered at the Capital Fringe, where it was named a “Fringe Festival Highlight” by The Washington Post. With assistance from both Solo Stages at Stage Werx and The Marsh, Ain’t That Rich was developed and went on to a seven-week run at The Marsh San Francisco. In 2018, PolySHAMory made its debut at The Marsh as part of its Marsh Rising series returned for a full run in January 2020. A finalist for the 2019 Sundance Episodic Lab,  PolySHAMory has been welcomed by critics, who called it “a remarkably cohesive narrative” (The Washington Post) and “a rich portrait of a complex life” (DC Theatre Scene). Robards can be seen in New York City performing standup at The Stand, Broadway Comedy Club, The Grisly Pear, and beyond. She was a Bay Area resident for four years and has an MFA in Writing from the California College of the Arts and has been seen on Vice, Inside Edition, HGTV, Discovery +, College Humor and Netflix (project coming 2022).

About the Director

Maureen Monterubio is a New York based writer and director. She focuses on developing new work for theatre and film. She also directs audiobooks for Penguin Random House. Maureen made her Off Broadway premiere with Across The Park produced by The Araca Project. She directed Pregnant Pause at Planet Connections which garnered NYIT nominations for Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Original Short Script. She developed and directed the critically acclaimed solo show PolySHAMory which toured North America— including a run at The Marsh in San Francisco. She developed and directed a workshop of a new play Voyagers, based on the NASA mission of the same name at ACT in Seattle, Washington. Maureen directed Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei narrating Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lying Life of Adults, Lucas Hedges narrating Love, Kurt, Tony award winning Anaïs Mitchell narrating her audiobook Working On A Song, and Parker Posey narrating her audiobook You’re On An Airplane. Her audiobook work received Earphones awards forHer Daughter’s Mother, Wink and The Lying Life of Adults. She has also received an Odyssey honor for We’re Not From Here. Her work has been seen at the American Theatre for Actors (Off-Broadway), the Kennedy Center, Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, United Solo Festival, The Tank, Capital Fringe, Manhattan Theatre Club, 14th Street Y, Wide Eyed Productions, Peculiar Works Project, and Rorschach Theatre. Maureen’s short film Emma On The Roof will premiere in the winter of 2020. Maureen interned at New York Theatre Workshop. She is a member of the writing group Ellipses, FilmmakeHERS, and a proud Tennessee Volunteer.

IG and Twitter – @katerobards

Show Info

Tickets: $15 – $35 General Seating sliding scale
$50 & $100 Reserved Seating
LIVE and IN-PERSON | The Marsh San Francisco
Fridays at 7:00pm | Saturdays at 5:00pm
60 minutes | Ages 15+

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