Walk with Eye Zen as we bring queer history OUT of the shadows and into the light

Two-spirits! Gender Benders! Forgotten Pioneers of Sexual Liberation! Rediscover lost gay and lesbian bars, speakeasies, and dives, long demolished and buried. A unique LGBTQ performative walking tour through North Beach queer history this March.



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.

Part One (North Beach): March 10 – 11, 24 – 25

Saturdays @ noon and 4 p.m.

Sundays @ 2 p.m.


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The Bay Area Reporter

For press inquiries, please contact John Hill at johnhillpr@gmail.com
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Written, conceived, and directed by Seth Eisen

Co-Director: Natalie Greene

Created in Collaboration with the Cast:

Jose Abad, Colin Creveling, Lisa Evans, Diego Gómez, Ariel Harris-Porada, Ryan Hayes, Jean-Paul Jones, Sarah Paradise, Earl Alfred Paus, Molly Shaiken, Silky Shoemaker, Miko Thomas aka Landa Lakes, Mary Vice and Sienna Williams.

Researcher and  Co-writer: James Metzger

Musical Direction: Eli Maliwan

Visual Designers: Diego Gómez and Arial Harris-Porada

Dramaturge: Brian Freeman

Script Consultant: Ed Wolf

Created in Collaboration with Shaping San Francisco

Chris Carlsson & LisaRuth Elliott

Production Manager: Emelia Martinez Brumbaugh

Company Manager: Sydney Lozier

Tech Director/Operator: Cicily Clare Gruber

Stage Manager: Elle Jansen

Production Intern: Zulema Guzmán

Costume Angel: Jenna Kimberlin

Photography: Robbie Sweeny

Promo Video: Kat Cole

Program Design: Matthew Simmons

OUT of Site was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and generous individual contributions.

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