Elaine Magree

Photo Credits: David Allen


2016 Achievement Award by Berkeley’s
Sui Generis Foundation

Written and Performed by Elaine Magree
Developed with David Ford
Directed by Rebecca Fisher
Acting Coach by Jill Vice

March 3 – April 8 | San Francisco
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm

Friday, March 3 is a special performance honoring ward 5A/5B which opened in 1983 at San Francisco General Hospital. It was the first dedicated unit for people with AIDS. Read more ‘Special Benefit Performances’ below.


“Powerful…a story so beautifully told.” – Daily Cal Review

“… a beautifully woven tale…utterly engaging and genuinely moving…real artistry and humor” – Winnipeg Free Press

“‘Holding the Edge’ starts an important dialogue about the relative value society places on lives…empowers the many voices silenced during the AIDS epidemic of the ‘80s.” Daily Cal Review

“…thoughtful, lyrical and charming…startlingly funny..unvarnished and intimate” – SF Gate 

“These laughs in ‘Holding the Edge’ don’t just balance tears; they also amount to their own nugget of wisdom” – Lily JaniakSan Francisco ChronicleSFGATE

Short video from SF Chronicle: Wry whimsy in senseless tragedy

This new solo show takes audiences to January 28, 1986 to join Elaine, a hospice nurse and Cub Scout mom. She finds herself in the chaotic socio-political center of the AIDS epidemic on the day of the Challenger explosion, confronting the relative value of lives. What does an irreverent and outraged lesbian, who also happens to be in the midst of early sobriety, do? Determined to keep holding the edge, Elaine starts a riot.

Special Benefit Performances

Friday, March 3: Special performance honoring 5A/5B. Opening in 1983, it was the first dedicated unit for people with AIDS. 5A/5B provided compassionate care guided by collaborative decision-making that included the patients, nurses, social workers, physicians, chaplains, counselors, and community volunteers. It became a recognized model for care worldwide.

To honor 5A/5B and all who passed through its doors, Elaine is donating a portion of the proceeds to The Aids Memorial Grove.

Friday, March 10: A portion of the performer’s proceeds will be donated to Soujourn Chaplaincy. Soujourn was founded in 1982 when the Episcopal Diocese partnered with San Francisco General Hospital to establish a ministry for patients with HIV/AIDS. Today, Soujourn provides services to all San Francisco General Hospital patients seeking emotional support.

Saturday, March 11: Co-hosted by Keith Hennessy benefits El/La Para TransLatinas, and organization that works to build collective vision and action to promote TranLatina survival and quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Click here to read more on the organization.

Friday, March 17: Co-hosted by Brad Erickson benefiting a new Theater Bay Area project on Art and Activism.

Saturday, March 18: Co-hosted and benefiting The Encampment for Citizenship, an immersion experience in participatory democracy for youth from cities and suburbs, from rural reservations, small towns, big towns, north, south, east, and west. For more information, click here.

Friday, March 24: Hosted by and benefits Shout Out 2017–a quilting project designed for students at Oakland International High School. Each student designs a piece of fabric with a non-profane image or phrase they feel best represents their sentiments after the election. Click here for more information.

Friday, March 31: Hosted by Good Time Fixin’s at The Lodge for Planned Parenthood.

Friday, April 7: Hosted by and benefits Breast Cancer Action. At Breast Cancer Action, we aren’t in the pocket of ANY industry. We are fiercely independent and you can always count on us to be an outspoken and fearless watchdog for women’s health. Click here for more information.

Artist Biography

Elaine Magree received her B.A. in Dramatic Art from Pomona College and an MFA from UC Davis. She has worked at The Magic Theatre, The California Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Artaud, SOMAR, Solano Repertory Theatre, The 54th Street Theatre in New York, and many other West Coast venues from Santa Cruz to Seattle. She has taught theatre at Solano College, San Francisco City College, The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and in homeless shelters, recovery programs, youth programs, and in prison. She was the director of The Artist in Residence Program and co-director of The New Music Theatre Project as The Z Space Studio.

New work she developed, wrote or directed has been seen at The Marsh, Venue 9, The Working Woman’s Theatre Festival, Brava, The Berkeley Piano Club, Solo Z, The Maritime Museum, The People’s Theatre Festival, and The National Women’s Theatre Festival.


Show Info

Tickets: $25 – $40 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
March 3 – April 8
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 13+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.

Buy Tix Online:
To purchase tickets online, please click on a date below
(please review price descriptions above):

  • March 3, 2017 8:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-03-17 (SF)
  • March 4, 2017 5:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-04-17 (SF)
  • March 10, 2017 8:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-10-17 (SF)
  • March 11, 2017 5:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-11-17 (SF)
  • March 17, 2017 8:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-17-17 (SF)
  • March 18, 2017 5:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-18-17 (SF)
  • March 24, 2017 8:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-24-17 (SF)
  • March 25, 2017 5:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-25-17 (SF)
  • March 31, 2017 8:00 PMHolding the Edge 03-31-17 (SF)
  • April 1, 2017 5:00 PMHolding the Edge 04-01-17 (SF)
  • April 7, 2017 8:00 PMHolding the Edge 04-07-17 (SF)
  • April 8, 2017 5:00 PMHolding the Edge 04-08-17 (SF)
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Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
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