An intimate, black-box performance space dedicated to new works, The Costume Shop is a versatile venue that houses an eclectic lineup of performances: from innovative A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program productions, to eye-catching work by local artists and performing arts companies.

Located just across Market Street from Civic Center's UN Plaza in the heart of San Francisco's lively Central Market arts neighborhood, The Costume Shop officially opened its doors at 1117 Market Street in fall 2011 as part of 24 Days of Central Market Arts.

Thanks to funding from grants from the San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Collaborative and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, A.C.T. is able provide no-cost rehearsal and performance space to select local arts organizations.

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Up next at The Costume Shop

In addition to our M.F.A. Program productions, this season we are proud to host exciting work from local Bay Area arts organizations, including Heather Marlowe, Miss T Productions-Love Junkies, Theatre Rhinoceros, and more. 

Please note: Performances are subject to change—information will be updated periodically. Check each company’s website for details.

A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program performs in repertory

The Skin of Our Teeth

May 7–16, 2015
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Domenique Lozano

In Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize–winning 1943 play, George and Maggie Antrobus (of Excelsior, New Jersey) are the quintessential American couple—who happen to have been married for 5,000 years. Along with their two children and opinionated maid Sabina, the Antrobuses have survived fire, flood, pestilence, plague, the Ice Age, and dozens of wars. Wilder's classic farce—a testament to humanity's ability to rebuild in the midst of catastrophe—offers a hilarious window onto the heroes and buffoons who've survived a thousand calamities by the skin of their teeth.

Crazy for the Country

An adaptation of the Villeggiatura comedies

May 8–16, 2015
by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Stephen Buescher

Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni's classic comedies, Trilogia Della Villeggiatura (Holiday Trilogy) are given new life in this spirited adaptation. An eighteenth-century romantic comedy, Crazy for the Country features two aristocratic families and their entourages venturing on a retreat to the country. Linked by friendship, financial concerns, and the possibility of marriage, the characters find themselves in a series of unexpected skirmishes—from evading pesky creditors to combating unrelenting romantic rivals. Full of sarcastic servants, overbearing masters, vain playboys with expensive tastes, and young women vying for the perfect match, this comedy of errors is a bitingly witty commentary on overspending, and the emotional and practical upshots of marriage.

Performances for both productions take place at The Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco.

Double up and save! See both The Skin of Our Teeth and Crazy for the Country for only &15 each (a savings of $10). Click here to access this special offer.