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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Read on for information about
upcoming performances!

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. Many performances are free of charge, but check each company’s website for details.

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


October 16–November 1, 2014
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Nancy Benjamin

Running time: 2 hr 25 min with one 15 min intermission

Caught in the timeless question of "to be or not to be," Hamlet seeks to avenge the death of his father, the King of Denmark, as his father's brother quickly marries his mother and steps in as ruler. Haunted by ghosts and the bonds of family loyalty, the young Prince of Denmark struggles to overcome his own weaknesses in his pursuit of justice. Resonating with themes of love and revenge that have echoed through the centuries, Hamlet showcases some of Shakespeare's most beautiful soliloquies and memorable characters, from the troubled Ophelia to the wryly comic Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.


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

The Cherry Orchard

October 17–November 1, 2014
by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Mark Rucker

Running time: 2 hr 15 min with one 15 min intermission

In Chekhov's celebrated last play, an aristocratic Russian woman and her family return to their estate to try to save it—and its famous cherry orchard—before it is auctioned off to pay the mortgage. The action spins from comedy to tragedy as family members, family friends, and servants vie to have their say in the proceedings. A heartbreaking, exquisite work from one of theater's most influential playwrights, The Cherry Orchard presents a searing look at a changing social world—and the people caught in its grasp.


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See both Hamlet and The Cherry Orchard for only $15 each (a savings of $10).
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Performances for both productions take place at The Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco.