For many San Franciscans, the Tenderloin is a place to pass through on the way to other neighborhoods. In “Tenderloin,” audiences have the opportunity for an extended visit.This new play by writer-director Annie Elias, which made its world premiere at the Cutting Ball Theater last week, is derived from dozens of interviews with Tenderloin residents. Their words yield a raw and often riveting evening of documentary theater. Read More
In the Estonian folktale upon which Cutting Ball Theater’s new experimental piece is loosely based, little Lona (a piquant, pigtailed Marilet Martinez) lives with her father and a cruel stepmother (Madeline H.D. Brown, vibrant and faintly malevolent).
Gathering strawberries dangerously near the Tontlawald — the “ghost forest” — Lona is captivated by a free-spirited nature girl (a charismatic Rebecca Frank). Read More