HOLDING THE EDGE
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 24: Hosted by and benefits Shout Out 2017–a quilting project designed for students at Oakland International High School.
Saturday, March 25: Benefits Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay’s Refugee Resettlement program, which resettles Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, and other refugees in the East Bay and has a specialized program for resettling LGBT refugees, mostly from African and Middle Eastern countries. Read more below.
“…the spirit of humanity … permeates ‘Holding the Edge'” –SF Examiner
“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
“A touching look at living and dying.” –SF Examiner
“‘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 Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle/ SFGATE
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 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.
Saturday, March 25: Benefits Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay’s Refugee Resettlement program, which resettles Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, and other refugees in the East Bay and has a specialized program for resettling LGBT refugees, mostly from African and Middle Eastern countries. http://jfcs-eastbay.org/
Friday, March 31: Hosted by Good Time Fixin’s at The Lodge for Planned Parenthood. Read more here.
Saturday, April 1: Benefits Still Here San Francisco amplifying the voices and experiences of Queer/LGBTQI people raised in San Francisco. Still Here disrupts the assumption that everyone in San Francisco is from somewhere else and exposes essential narratives about coming out, loss, HIV/AIDS, class and economic disparity, and the meaning of home and family in a “gay mecca.” Click here for more information.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
(Additional service fees apply)