I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco
When: January 20 - February 19 2017
A loving tribute to the culture and history of the greatest city in the world by some of the greatest writers of all time. San Francisco history comes to life in a fun and lively show. Written by JACK KEROUAC, MARK TWAIN, JACK LONDON, H.L. MENCKEN and GARY KAMIYA. Conceived, performed and co-written by GEOFFREY POND. Directed by ROBERT ERNST Title song written by TOMMY WOLF arranged by JOSHUA RAOUL BRODY, and G. POND.
Geoffrey Pond's Bay Area cultural history and biography
He has been an observer and participant in some of the great eras of Bay Area history and culture over the past 45 years. He spent his youth attending many of the late sixties Bay Area historic events from be-ins and peace marches to witnessing some of the greatest writers and performers of the time including Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, and The Rolling Stones from The Fillmore Auditorium and Winterland to Altamont. He acted in the early 70's as part of The Underdog Theatre, an activist theater company, performing in a play about the Oakland Induction Center called Say "Uncle" Sam written by Hollywood Ten black listed writer Lester Cole. Underdog Theater performed the play for benefits around Northern Ca. for Angela Davis, George Jackson, and The Black Panthers among others. In the 1970's he went behind the scenes as a band booking agent working with many Bay Area bands including Moby Grape. Later he was a co-producer in the SF and LA Punk scenes working with such bands as The Dead Kennedys, The Clash, X, Black Flag, and The Go-Go's to mention a few. In the eighties and nineties he was a videographer for TVS, a part of San Francisco's lauded alternative theater company Climate Theatre. They documented much of the underground theater and music scene of the time. He was also on the board of directors of Climate Theatre during that period. At that time he went back to his first loves, acting and playing music. Performing with The Shotgun Players in the early 90's he met Stanley Spenger who started Subterranean Shakespeare in Berkeley. He has been artistic director since 2001. As an actor he has played Caliban, Claudius, and Falstaff among his favorite Shakespeare roles along with the part of Shelly Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross. He has produced over 40 shows since the mid ninties. He directed a revival of John O'Keefe's renowned anti play Mimzabim! that ran for twelve weeks in both Berkeley and San Francisco in 1999. He has also sat behind the drum kit and sung with bandsThe Serfs (with Bob Ernst and SF Mime Troupe's Ed Holmes) and Sub Shake's house band The Rude Mechanicals, producing two critically acclaimed cds SHAKESPEARE'S GREATEST HITS and FOLKSPEARE. He has never done a solo show before. He felt it was time to honor the great culture and history of San Francisco. Especially now that San Francisco's legacy is in danger of disappearing. Since the dot com explosion the City has been slowly losing it's artistic heart with arts spaces closing and many artists having to leave San Francisco due to the high cost of living in this magnificent city. He is paying tribute to some of San Francisco's literary giants to remind everyone of this great city's artistic past. He is thrilled to be working with director Robert Ernst, the grandfather of Bay Area solo performance. (photo of Geoffrey Pond attached below)