Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.

February 17, 2021 at 7:30pm

“Mary Goggin is a survivor. With humor, charm and candor–she  shares her story of self transformation. I laughed and cried–I felt all  the feels. Sharing our stories and using our gifts to help others is an  artist’s responsibility. Bravo Mary Goggin!!” Pat Simon, Professor,  Theatre Department, Marymount Manhattan College 

Runaway Princess

a hopeful tale of heroin, hooking & happiness

by Mary Goggin

“Once upon a time, there was a Princess born to a King and Queen who were banished  from their island, forced to flee to America in a coffin ship.” Thus begins the tale of the  Runaway Princess… in which Mary Goggin shares a true story, laced with wicked humor  and much pathos, of her Irish Catholic upbringing, drug addiction and prostitution, and the  multitude of characters she encountered along the way to ultimately finding joy. 

“Blew me away…rowdy, irreverent, salacious, gracious, insightful, riveting.”
Malachy McCourt, WBAI Radio

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Mary Goggin (Writer, Performer) AEA-DG-SAG/AFTRA Her parents emigrated from Ireland to the Bronx, New York, where Mary was born in the 1950s. a successful actor on stage and in film for 22 years, Goggin is making her Totally True debut with Runaway Princess. Her favorite recent roles include “Ella O’Neill” (wife of Eugene O’Neill) in Ann Hansen’s “Road to Babylon,” in the Broadway Bound Festival. She has enjoyed being directed by Cyndy Marion in numerous Tennessee works including, Cavalier for M’Lady, Clothes For A Summer Hotel and A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot. Mary appeared in PB & J for the NY Fringe Festival and Born to be Blue, a winner in the Samuel French Festival. Her favorite TV roles include spots in Broad City, Law and Order, Guiding Light, The Grind (Amazon). Favorite film roles Little Children, MAD? The Trouble with Bliss, Gasoline, Bronx Paradise. recent winner of the Best Actress Award at Freeway Film Festival for her role in “Reservations”, a film by Jeanine Flynn.


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SOLO ARTS HEAL, a weekly MarshStream Public Broadcast Platform program, presents empowering performances about healing and resilience. Through hosted interviews, talkbacks and audience Q&A, the Solo Arts Heal program provides transformative experiences, education, community outreach and advocacy through stories that celebrate the healing power of the arts.

About the Hosts

Photo by: Craig Lee

Stephanie Weisman founded and has been the Artistic/Executive Director of The Marsh since its inception in 1989. Under her leadership, The Marsh has grown from a one-night-a-week performance series to producing 600-700 shows annually on its four stages. In addition to its developing work performance series, The Marsh’s programs include: artist-in-residencies, after-school and summer workshops for youth both onsite and in 5 SFUSD, and performance development classes, workshops and Performance Initiatives. In 1996 Stephanie spearheaded the drive to successfully buy their 12,000 sq ft facility on Valencia Street in San Francisco. This increased The Marsh’s programs four-fold as well as provided for a stable Bay Area arts organization. In 2010, The Marsh added a second venue in Berkeley. In 2020, Stephanie initiated MarshStream. She is currently at work developing her opera, Aphrodisia, with dancer, Wei Wang

Gail Schickele champions arts & sciences taking her left and right brain wherever she travels. As an arts manager, consultant, and producer dba SAGE Artists, she convened an ‘Arts Heals’ group of solo artists at APAP 2020 whose unique stories of physical and mental challenges evince the healing power of The Arts.  The COVID lockdown inspired Stephanie Weisman to create SOLO ARTS HEAL to share these outstanding stories of resilience, dramatic and comedic, for the entertainment and benefit of communities everywhere. Gail’s expertise in marketing, management, booking and production has served various theaters, festivals and events nationwide. Trained as a journalist in New York and Colorado, Gail has covered Colorado state politics and the environmental landscape of the Rockies. Environmental science inspires her educational and advocacy work in California with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and for the League of Women Voters for which she’s worked as an administrator and reporter on environmental issues Including legislation, climate science outreach, and co-chair of an environmental speakers series. Gail is honored to host SOLO ARTS HEAL where artists powerful stories offer audiences great performance and ‘informance’ on issues related to health and the environment, inexorably linked.

Kristin Scheel, has worked in production and development at The Marsh since 2018. She is a freelance writer and member of Open Windows art cooperative in the Bayview. She has a background in social work with the State of Oregon and program management experience as a small business owner and preschool director in San Francisco. She has an MFA from Mills College, and serves on the boards of Guerrilla Cartography and PATHSTAR.

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