A loving tribute to the culture and history of the greatest city in the world by some of the greatest writers of all time. San Francisco history comes to life in a fun and lively show. Written by JACK KEROUAC, MARK TWAIN, JACK LONDON, H.L. MENCKEN and GARY KAMIYA. Conceived, performed and co-written by GEOFFREY POND. Directed by ROBERT ERNST
Featuring material originally written to be read only, from such great historic journals as Colliers Magazine and The New Yorker to mention a couple and transforming them into a series of animated theatrical monologues. Jack Kerouac's account of the famous Six Gallery poetry reading in 1955 where Allen Ginsberg first read his poem Howl and the Beat scene was born. Jack London's terrifying eyewitness account of the '06 earthquake and fire. H.L. Mencken's humorous little known story of the Bourbon fueled 1920 Democratic National Convention at the then newly built San Francisco (Bill Graham) Civic Auditorium. Mark Twain's impressions of 1860's San Francisco including his first public humor lecture at Maguire's Academy of Music on Pine Street. Plus the poetic and historic writings from the author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, editor of San Francisco Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Gary Kamiya. Created and performed by Subterranean Shakespeare's artistic director Geoffrey Pond, actor, musician and over fifty year resident of the Bay Area. He offers his own take on San Francisco's amazing cultural history that has influenced the whole world. Directed by Robert Ernst, actor, writer, director and solo performer with the legendary Blake Street Hawkeyes. He has performed and directed at every major theater in the Bay Area.