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 at this exciting new venue!
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 the 06 Ensemble, Bindlestiff Studio, Campo Santo, Footloose, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Recovery Theatre, Teatro Pachuco, Theatecture, Theatre Rhinoceros, Volti San Francisco, 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.
In this riveting drama, the famous 17th-century astronomer struggles against the oppression of the Inquisition. When Galileo's unorthodox use of the telescope produces results that contradict the teachings of the Catholic church, he is brought to the Vatican for interrogation. Under threat of torture, will he choose his life or his life's work? Science and faith intersect with dramatic consequences in this intriguing work by one of the world's great playwrights.
Theatre Rhinoceros presents Drunk Enough to Say I Love You
by Caryl Churchill
Bay Area Premiere! Do countries really behave like gay men? Meet Sam and Jack and watch as they fall in love and become obsessed as only gay men can become obsessed. This masterfully provocative play comes from the hand of Britain’s most controversial and profound playwright.