Our newest project, OUT of Site, breaks new territory, leaving the traditional theatre space behind with a series of performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco. OUT of Site will place audiences in the physical space of LGBTQ ancestors , reinvigorating our relationship to site and location and our connection to history. In collaboration with Shaping San Francisco, each of the tours will stop at 4-6 locations along the way, where audiences will experience site-specific performances, bringing together theater, dance, video, puppetry, drag and live-music, giving people an opportunity to participate in the history. The work will reveal the often-unrecognized stories of San Francisco in times when the nation’s LGBTQ community experienced social and political repression that erased many legacies from the historical record and community consciousness of them.
These performative tours explore the ways that queer people have historically created community, how our communities have adapted over time, and ways we might sustain and nurture our historical and cultural queer essence. Predating New York’s Stonewall riots with the country’s first homeless queer youth movement, Vanguard of the 1960s and the Compton’s Cafeteria riots; popular American dances have roots in cross-dressing Gold Rush stag dances and early gay clubs; Charles Warren Stoddard the 19th century out gay author of early SF bohemian literati; the life of late 19th century transgender writer and social activist Jack Garland and the infamous queer gathering spots of the prohibition era Pansy Craze will bring to life a gay San Francisco that reveals new ways to envision and preserve queer heritage.
Coming to San Francisco March 2018
Join and Seth Eisen, James Metzger and performers at Shaping San Francisco:
Public Talk: Art & Politics: "OUT of Site"
At Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco
This project is made possible through the generous support of the following foundations