“Tenderloin” Resonates

Tenderloin Set

“‘Tenderloin’ Set”

Critics and audiences alike love “Tenderloin”, Cutting Ball Theater‘s new production about San Francisco’s inner city neighborhood. The play has been given an extended run through 24 June due to sold-out houses, so I strongly advise you to get tickets in advance. A visually engaging set, luscious sound design, and brilliant acting all combine to create a memorable evening of intimate theater that for many people will reveal the Tenderloin in ways they’ve never before seen it. For more about the play and my personal involvement with it, there’s a terrific article in the Los Angeles Times and an interview on KQED Forum with writer/director Annie Elias, actors David Sinaiko and Tristan Cunningham, and me.

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“Production Meeting, 26 April 2012″ (left to right) actors Leigh Shaw, Michael Kelly, Rebecca Frank, Siobhan Doherty, Tristan Cunningham, David Sinaiko (foreground) scenic designer Michael Locher

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2 responses to ““Tenderloin” Resonates

  1. Tommy Wilkens

    I would like to thank you for sending this wonderful work that you have done on the SF Tenderloin section. I lived at the old Hotel Woodland back in the mid 70s. By that time it had fallen into disrepair and was a roach hotel.But it still had the grand old feel of days long gone. I would love to see and read the history of this once wonderful hotel The Hotel Woodland. Thank you again for your wonderful work .Tommy Wilkens

    • At present, all I have about the Woodland’s history is from the National Register nomination form, but if ever I do uncover more I’ll certainly include it in my Tenderloin history. I plan to do some photography in the Tenderloin over the next couple of weeks and will make sure to include the Woodland (now the Cambridge). Stay tuned for a new post about it.

      473-475 Ellis Street (333/16); Woodland Hotel (1933), Cambridge Hotel (2007); mid-priced hotel with 65 rooms, all with baths; 1926; owners J. Greenback 1926, Chinatown Community Development Center (2007); architect John C. Hladik, 6B stories; reinforced concrete structure with stucco facade; scored wall, 5-story bay windows, cornice; 2-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; alterations: 2-story base with new finishes, vestibule remodeled.

      Thanks for writing, Tommy. Stay tuned for more.

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