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First Look: “Dear San Francisco” Circus at SF’s Historic Club Fugazi

Beach Blanket Babylon says goodbye after 45 years, Dear San Francisco begins this week
By - posted 9/24/2021 No Comment

Here’s your first look at the brand-new production from Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story, the ew theatrical experience debuting at San Francisco’s historic Club Fugazi.

Specially-priced preview performance tickets (September 22–October 10) are available for $25–$39.

Out of the fog of 2020, Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story emerges as an intimate and immersive resident production from The 7 Fingers, one of the world’s leading contemporary circus arts companies. Created by Bay Area natives and The 7 Fingers co-founders Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider, Dear San Francisco pays homage to the stunning beauty, storied characters, and astounding resilience of the City by the Bay.

Goodbye “Beach Blanket Babylon”, Hello “Dear San Francisco”
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district, Club Fugazi—built in 1913—has a long and storied arts history. Under the ownership and management of the Italian Community Services, the venue served as the location for jazz pianist Thelonious Monk to record his acclaimed solo album,
“Thelonious Alone in San Francisco” (1959). Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, the venue held readings for Beat poets, including the legendary Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, and Alan Ginsberg. In 1967, the Grateful Dead held a release party at Club Fugazi for their first album.

The venue became home to Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, the world’s longest-running musical revue, in 1975 where it remained for 45 years. The production played for more than 17,200 performances and to over 6.5 million guests, taking its final bow in 2019. Club Fugazi Experiences will further build on the venue’s artistic legacy.

Powered by exhilarating acrobatics, choreography, spoken word, video projections, shadow play, and original music, Dear San Francisco invites locals and visitors alike on a heart-stopping romp through both the essence and the myth that has San Francisco indelibly etched on our collective imagination. From the Gold Rush and 1906 earthquake to the beat poetry and the mysterious fog, San Francisco comes vividly to life through a series of tableaus (acts)—including hoop diving, Chinese pole, Korean plank, hand-balancing, juggling, and “hand-to-trap” (a form first created by Shana Carroll)—performed by an international cast of world-class acrobats including Isabella Diaz (United States), Melvin Diggs (United States), Devin Henderson (United States), Ruben Ingwersen (Australia), Kalani June (United States), Jérémi Levesque (Canada), Natasha Patterson (United States), Enmeng Song (China), and Junru Wang (China).


Preview performances of Dear San Francisco are taking place now through Sunday, October 10, ahead of its world premiere on Tuesday, October 12. The regular performance schedule for Dear San Francisco is as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Tickets are on-sale through Thursday, December 30 ,2021. Specially-priced preview performance tickets (September 22–October 10) are available for $25–$39. Regular performance tickets (beginning October 13) range in price from $35–$89. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit clubfugazisf.com or call 415-273-0600. Prices subject to change without notice.