Monday Night Marsh in San Francisco presents a showcase of new works, mostly from novices in drama encouraged by Charlie Varon who leads the Solo Performances workshop.
In a recent Monday evening, Xiao Juan Shu, Beth Grossman, Theresa Donahoe, Liz Macera, Bobbie Becker, Jeff Zorn, Phyllis Dantzler and Ron Jones presented their works-in-progress.
Experiences include that of teachers, nurses, painters, immigrants and a phone-sex madam.
Charlie Varon gets the actor-writers to evoke their own experiences from the inside-out, exposing and developing the story, truthing and fictionalizing, over a period of several weeks and culminating in the Monday Night showcase. The environment is a positive, coaching environment where even the shyest people accumulate the confidence to expose themselves to art. The Marsh’s performance development exemplifies our self-oriented culture where everyone is a star.
When looked at as an acting class, the students learn rely on their own emotional and physical memory to create an original and authentic work of dramatic art. The class creates the seeds of actors. Many have gone through the program including Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man) and Mark Kenward (Nantucket).
The Marsh also has a Youth Theatre currently featuring Too Many Tomale’s. Marga Gomez, Will Durst, Brain Copeland, and Don Reed have shows in progress or coming up soon. The Marsh has a Berkeley stage. Stand-up comedy, jamming music, Philosophy Talk radio show and more!
The Marsh is a fine place to begin or enhance your career as actor or writer.
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