Welcome to Monday Night MarshStream!
As many of you know, The Marsh has postponed all in-person shows until further notice, but that won’t stop Monday Night Marsh from continuing to bring you the unique stories we all love. Monday Night MarshStream is our new Monday Night Marsh with a few twists. Every Monday at 7:30pm, we bring you 4 live pieces from performers, both familiar and new, via zoom. Audience members who attend the live stream will also get the chance to perform a short 5 to 10 minute piece! Will it be you?
Join us every Monday at 7:30pm. Wonderful things can happen.
“UNPACKING the VOX in a BOX” by Candace Johnson
Candace Johnson: Writer | Performer
The moment a young discouraged soprano starts to find her voice. This scene is part of the musical autobiography of a singer, Vox in a Box, written and performed by Candace Y. Johnson, a vocal teacher at Cal and professional soprano who sings everything from opera to jazz.
Praised by Opera News for her vocal clarity, dramatic presence, and expressive interpretation, soprano Candace Y. Johnson has concertized widely, including guest appearances at Carnegie Hall and The Manhattan Center. In 2018, Johnson premiered her one-woman show, VOX in a BOX at UC Berkeley, followed by a 2019 Marsh Rising performance. The show is a musical biography of how she uniquely fused her black music heritage and classical training to find her “voice.” On the music faculty at UC Berkeley, Johnson teaches voice classes and specializes in the research and performance of classical works by African American composers. Johnson entered her doctorate in voice performance from the University of Michigan.
“STUDIO PLAY” by Wayne Harris & Maggie Wilson
Maggie Wilson: Playwright
Wayne Harris: Playwright | Performer
Lea McKenna-Garcia: Performer
David Ford: Director
“Studio Play” (working title) is an exploration fo race, gender, and blues music.
Wayne Harris is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator, and musician. A gifted artist with wide-ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 5 full-length plays, presentations for schools, directing, and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects. In 2013, Wayne was asked by the US State Department to perform and do storytelling workshops in Jerusalem and the West Bank, where he premiered his piece about Martin Luther King in Birmingham “The Letter.”
Maggie Wilson is a playwright and theater marketing professional from California living in Brooklyn. Her plays have been performed in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. She has studied playwriting at The Barrow Group and Primary Stages. She is the Marketing Director for Chautauqua Theater Company and the Marketing Manager for Transport Group. She likes coffee and is a UC Berkeley graduate. maggiewil5on.co
Lea McKenna-Garcia is a NYC-based theater artist, her interests and experience range from classical theater on a regional stage, to new play development over small (or virtual) rooms. She is a beginner tin whistle player and an accomplished home chef. Her hair is much too long after 100+ days of lockdown. She earned her MA at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and paid too much money for her degree to not mention it here. You can learn more about her by going to leamgacts.com
“THE HUMMINGBIRD” by Kathryn Keats
Kathryn Keats: Writer | Composer | Lyricist | Performer
David Ford: Development | Director
Kevin Gerzevitz: Composer | Sound Engineer
Tina D’Elia: Acting Coach
“The Hummingbird” is a solo musical experience, that follows the true story of Kathryn Keats, born Ellen Christian Munger, a promising young singer from Indiana, who lands in NYC in 1978, at the age of 17, to fulfill her dream to be on Broadway, when she is struck by the irresistible and seductive invitation of her music director of the off-broadway show she’s been in cast in, to be- come his muse. The story follows the director’s descent into madness and her attempt to save him, only to come dangerously close to losing her own life. So close, in fact, she has to change her name, cut her ties with her dreams and the people she once knew, and with the help of Victim Assistance, begin a new life.
“The Hummingbird” is a high wire musical ride, a true story of love loss, music, and madness; a true story of survival, bringing us into a world where genius crosses the line to insanity and love becomes the enemy. Understanding humor, inspiration, and resilience are woven into the characters of the show. The music and lyrics give voice to those asking: how do we handle our most difficult experiences and remain familiar to ourselves, changed though we are, how do we stay truly alive?
Kathryn Keats has been in theater and other aspects of show business her entire life. She earned a Drama Critics Circle Award for her performance in the original stage version of Curse of the Werewolf, directed by the great Albert Takazauckas. Kathryn began working on her musical, “The Hummingbird” at Berkeley Repertory’s “The Ground Floor” and after that residency was completed she was fortunate to discover David Ford at The marsh where Hummingbird became a solo Musical. She is currently writing a new musical play at The Marsh titled Welthy Cade. Kathryn has been a member of Actors Equity for forty years. And SAG-AFTRA almost as long. That adds up to quite a few shows and a whole lot of wonderful friends.
Calling all Storytellers!
Want the chance to tell your story on Monday Night MarshStream? Use the submission link below to submit your short 5 to 10 minutes piece. We feature new performers every week.