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The Cutting Ball's mission is to develop productions of experimental new plays and re-visioned classics with an emphasis on language and images.
The Cutting Ball's vision is to produce plays that reveal a poetic truth as opposed to a naturalistic or realistic one. We are committed to finding performance strategies that best releases the poetry of the plays we produce.
The Cutting Ball Theater was founded in 1999 by theater artists Rob Melrose and Paige Rogers. After their training at the Yale School of Drama and Trinity Rep Conservatory respectively, Melrose and Rogers spent a year in Europe on a Fox Foundation Grant to observe master directors in France, Germany, Italy, and Austria. Upon returning to the United States, the couple debated about where to found a theater company with the goal of creating work of the same daring, rigor, arresting design and production values as the plays they had seen in Europe. They narrowed it down to New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Providence and ultimately chose San Francisco for its rich history of experimental art and commitment to the arts. The theater was founded with a mission is to develop productions of experimental new plays and re-visioned classics, with an emphasis on language and images.
Following its beginnings in the San Francisco Fringe Festival, Cutting Ball has produced over twenty productions. Since 2008 Cutting Ball has been the resident theater company at the EXIT on Taylor. Our programming focuses on the development and production of new experimental plays, new translations, and bold interpretations of classic plays. We produce a full season of new work and original interpretations of classics; Avant GardARAMA!, which features short experimental plays; The Hidden Classics Reading Series on select Sunday afternoons; and RISK IS THIS… The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival. One of the only festivals in North America calling exclusively for experimental work, RISK IS THIS…features five plays workshopped for a week and culminating in a staged reading before an audience.
In the twelve years since its founding, The Cutting Ball Theater has gained important recognition for its contributions to theater in the Bay Area and beyond. Artistic Director Rob Melrose was one of seven directors in the country to be awarded a 2007 NEA / TCG Career Development Program
2015 Five Bay Area Theater Critics Circle (BATCC) nominations for Mount Misery
2013 "Achievement in the Avant-Garde" Acker Award
2012 National Theater Company Award
2012 "Best of Experimental Theater" from SF Weekly
2010 Three BATCC awards for ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi: Best Production, Best Ensemble, Best Actor-Aldo L. Billingslea
2010 "Best of the Bay" from SF Bay Guardian Readers' Poll
2009 Six BATCC nominations for The Bald Soprano
2008 Best Production Award BATCC for Victims of Duty
2008 "Goldie Award" from SF Bay Guardian
2007 "Best of the Bay" from San Francisco Magazine
2006 "Best of SF" from SF Weekly
Join us for our 2016/17 Season:
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Avant GardARAMA! • October 5–23, 2016
Hedda Gabler • January 19–February 26, 2017
Phèdre • April 20–May 21, 2017