Where Edith Piaf Once Stood: Audiences Invited Onto the Stage at the Curran Theatre | Playbill

News Where Edith Piaf Once Stood: Audiences Invited Onto the Stage at the Curran Theatre San Francisco's historic Curran Theatre, which is now under renovations until early 2017, launches Curran: Under Construction, a festival of fully staged short runs of new works, beginning Sept. 23. Entering through the stage door alleyway made famous in the classic 1950 film "All About Eve," audiences are invited onto the stage for the performances.

The Curran Photo by Scott Saraceno

The first staging is David Greig's The Events, which played the New York Theatre Workshop in 2014, and will run through Sept. 26. Other works featured in the festival include Dave Malloy's acclaimed Ghost Quartet, which played an extended Off-Broadway run, and Geoff Sobelle's The Object Lesson. Programming has been scheduled through January 2016. For a full list of events, visit sfcurran.com.

"Curran: Under Construction will allow us to utilize this great house during its renovation, and to stage exciting works in new ways," commented Carole Shorenstein Hays in an earlier press statement. "When we reopen as a full-sized venue, we will continue our commitment to programming daring and excellent works that otherwise might not find their way to a major West Coast theater."

Built in 1922, the historic venue is currently undergoing major rehabilitation that will include newly remodeled lobbies and bars, refurbished seats, carpeting, lighting and much more. The theatre has staged more than 8,000 performances and seen such stars as Edith Piaf, Isadora Duncan, Ingrid Bergman, the Lunts, Katharine Hepburn, Carol Channing, Sir Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman.

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