PianoFight Breaks Ground at 144 Taylor Street

PianoFight is proud to announce today it is breaking ground on a new theater complex with a restaurant and bar at the former site of the San Francisco landmark restaurant Original Joe’s, 144 Taylor Street. The 5,000 square foot Tenderloin complex will include rehearsal and office spaces, 54-seat and 96-seat theaters in the back of house, and in the front of house a 60-seat restaurant and bar with a full liquor license and a cabaret stage. The complex will be a collaborative hub for artists and a creative destination for audiences. It will meet all the production and performance needs of up-and-coming independent companies and take risks to entice non-traditional audiences hungry for inventive live performance. The complex will be a home for New Work by New Artists™ and further the goal of building artists one audience at a time.

Formed by Rob Ready, Dan Williams and Kevin Fink in 2007, PianoFight has successfully managed venues (Off-Market Theater Complex); created the largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the country (ShortLived); instigated a fully-scripted, choose-your-own-adventure play series (FORKING!); recklessly invited audiences to Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors; formed two critically acclaimed sketch comedy groups (Mission CTRL and ForePlays); toured the coast of California (Endless Weekend Tour) and built a three-man producing team into a 46-member company of artists while staying true to its mission of producing New Work by New Artists™.

To design and build the new facility, PianoFight has recruited Said-Jonathan Eghbal and Paul Chenevert as architect/designer and general contractor respectively. Chenevert is responsible for the construction of Hog Island Oyster Company, Bar Tartine and Tipsy Pig. Eghbal, whose design of Rich Table was recently noted in 7×7 Magazine’s Hot 30 issue, is also responsible for the look of Hops and Hominy and Monk’s Kettle. The two project that the classy yet comfortable future home of PianoFight will be ready to go by mid-2013.

Working with the Duggan Family, owners of Original Joe’s and 144 Taylor Street, PianoFight has secured a 10-year lease of the premises. PianoFight has raised funds for the build out through a community of private equity investors with close ties to the company. Programming will incorporate both PianoFight productions and host shows from the community of independent theater and comedy companies flourishing in the Bay Area. Located in the heart of the City’s proposed Central Market Arts District, PianoFight will be the first new, live performance venue to open in the area.

For more information please contact Rob Ready at rob@pianofight.com or (917) 363-9646.

Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

7 Responses to “PianoFight Breaks Ground at 144 Taylor Street”

  1. Robert Estes Says:

    This is so cool! Congrats to Piano Fight. I look forward to seeing many great shows at the new venue.

  2. Ben W. Says:

    AWWW YEAH!!!

  3. Randall Roy Tangeley Says:

    wholly shit batman!

  4. Manfred Willoughby Says:

    congragutalations Piano Fight from England! Can’t wait to see another live show when I am back on your side of the pond. I am proud of you. Also very funny videos!

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