OUT of Site is a multi-year performance-driven walking tour project, placing theater audiences in physical sites of LGBTQ ancestry in San Francisco neighborhoods. OUT of Site tours create an immersive spectacle in real time and in public space, using sidewalks, plazas, parks, and POPOS. In 2018, we launched OUT of Site as a pilot tour in North Beach/Barbary Coast reviving historic sites with stories from several decades. This on-the-streets approach marries the notions of community-driven, often overlooked history with an interdisciplinary performance celebrating the legacies of queer ancestors. OUT of Site is a unique collaboration with Shaping San Francisco, known for its walking and bike tours that document and archive overlooked stories of San Francisco.
Have a peek at a highlight video from our March 2018 premiere of the North Beach/Barbary Coast tour…
“This theatrical walking tour should be a must do for anybody, tourist or locals, interested in a deep experience of gay San Francisco, more real than the Castro, and fresh as a daisy.” – Charles Kruger, TheatreStorm
“The ghosts of LGBTQ heroes of the past 150 years come to life in the very back alleys, neighborhood bars, and hidden basements where they lived with both flair and fear in what we now know as North Beach, San Francisco.” – Eddie Reynolds, Theatre Eddys
“‘If you give people a lived experience, they’re more likely to keep telling the story.’” - Seth Eisen, speaking to Marke Bieschke, 48 Hills
Interview by Pavini Moray for the podcast Bespoken Bones. Artistic Director Seth Eisen speaks about our new show, queer ancestors, and healing sexuality. Check it out here.
KALW’s Open Air interview with Seth Eisen, Sienna Williams, Jean-Paul Jones, and Earl Alfred Paus here
Charles Kruger's review has posted online here.
Eddie Reynolds' review has posted here.
Marke B.'s excellent preview of OUT of Site at 48 Hills online here.
Hoodline's article just dropped; see it here.
Yesterday's edition of the Chronicle picked OUT of Site as one of nine event picks for the week ahead. See the print clip here.
Alex Madison's preview of OUT of Site for the Bay Area Reporter is on newsstands today and online here.
SF Travel included the event in its March mailer for the tourism industry, online here.
For press inquiries, please contact John Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view and download hi-res photos of the production, click here
Photography by Robbie Sweeny and Chani Bockwinkel
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
With your help we plan to make these tours an ongoing series of site-specific queer history events. We have plans to explore several other neighborhoods starting in 2019, guided by dozens of LGBTQ2 ancestors who made San Francisco a queer mecca.
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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.