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

The Glass Menagerie

February 24–28, 2015
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Ryan Purcell

In Tennessee Williams’ stunning memory play, Amanda Wingfield is an aging Southern belle who’s seen better times. As she dreams about her youth, she alternately adores and torments her adult children, aspiring poet Tom and emotionally fragile Laura—who has constructed a safe world of her own in the form of beautiful glass animal figurines. When Amanda decides that she is going to set Laura up with Tom’s coworker, the stakes are raised and the Wingfield family is changed forever. Based on Williams’ own life, this American classic about hope, family, the tenuous nature of our dreams, and the longing for a better life remains heartbreakingly relevant.

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

Michael’s Daughter

Written and Performed by Ciera Payton

March 12–14, 2015

As an aspiring young actress dealing with the ups and downs of the Hollywood shuffle, Ciera is suddenly confronted by the constant letters from her incarcerated father. These letters provide the backdrop for her soul searching and a beginning to address her unconventional upbringing and troubled past. Her New Orleans roots are tested constantly through a series of failed relationships, struggles to make ends meet, and the ongoing loneliness that comes with Hollywood dream chasing. Ciera guides the audience on a journey from a little girl in New Orleans’ 3rd Ward to a woman in Los Angeles fighting to forgive her family.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or by calling A.C.T.’s Box Office at 415.749.2228. There will be a Q&A after the March 14 7:30 p.m. performance.

At Last Productions presents

Present Tense

by Alan Olejniczak
Directed by Rik Lopes
A coproduction with The Playwright Center of San Francisco

March 26–April 4, 2015

Present Tense is a world premiere play of five unrelated vignettes tied together thematically. A drama and a theatrical poem about Middle America, Present Tense is about our dilemmas, failed expectations, difficult choices, and our unwillingness to live in the present. 

With Karen Offereins, Zelda Koznofski, Katrina Bushnell, Fennel Skellyman, and Paul Rodrigues

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online or by calling A.C.T.’s Box Office at 415.749.2228. Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. is Pay-What-You-Can night. Available only at the door.