The San Francisco Recovery Theatre is a grassroots organization, based in the Tenderloin and funded through considerable local and some municipal support. Grants have come from both the art and health communities in San Francisco. The group has no full-time staff; but Geoffrey Grier leads a company with a core group of dedicated actors, composed mainly of people in recovery. The mission is to meet people where they are, provide a medium of communication, and deliver a message of hope, consequence, and solutions.
This week the company will kick off a tour of the Tenderloin featuring a revival of Grier’s abbreviated adaptation and production of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. Since this composition has often been called a “jazz opera,” it seems appropriate that the tour will begin in the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel, which has become the premiere venue for jazz performances in the Tenderloin. As a result, the tour will give its first performance this Friday under the auspices of the Concerts at the Cadillac series.
Like other performances in this series, this will be a one-hour distillation of the complete opera, given in the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel (380 Eddy Street at the corner of Leavenworth Street). It will take place on Friday, October 25, at 12:30 p.m. Instrumental support will include the hotel’s meticulously restored 1884 Steinway Model D concert grand. With the partial funding from the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District, this event is offered free of charge by the hotel as a gift to the people of the Tenderloin. The Cadillac calls itself “The House of Welcome Since 1907;” and all are definitely welcome to this free jazz opportunity.