Just as nearby PianoFight has quickly established itself as a major force in Tenderloin nightlife, the Tenderloin Museum
is already making an indelible mark on the neighborhood’s cultural map. The museum, together with Cutting Ball Theater
, will stage a reading of the 2012 play Tenderloin
, a documentary theater piece initially commissioned by Cutting Ball.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, actors and co-creators from the original production (including Tristan Cunningham, Siobhan Doherty, and David Sinaiko) will read exerpts from Annie Elias’s work, an aggregation of some 40 interviews conducted with Tenderloin inhabitants. Included are photographer and long-time TL resident Mark Ellinger, Cadillac Hotel owner and activist Kathy Looper, Aunt Charlie’s bartender Colette, a former captain of the SFPD’s Tenderloin precinct, a rep from an organization that provides massage care for the homeless, and someone whose job it is to clean the city’s grittiest streets.
Whether its screening KQED documentaries from the 1960s or giving longtime trans activists a forum, the Tenderloin Museum is anything but a place for schoolchildren to learn about the central city. It's a vital repository of cultural memory.
Tenderloin, Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m., $10-$20, at the Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy.