Custom Made Theatre - Cocktail Party

20th Season Overview - 2018.06.30

Custom Made Theatre Co.

The Custom Made Theatre Co., in its 19th season of production in San Francisco, is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience.

Custom Made is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), National New Play Network (Associate member, NNPN) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA). Recipient of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for making a lasting contribution to Bay Area theatre.

Our eclectic line-up of shows (and some might say artists) highlights the diversity of our community. While our productions have always had strong political and social commentary, we also love low-humor, high-humor, emotional drama, and realistic looks at life and art.

Our home is the Custom Made Theatre, a 99-seat intimate proscenium theatre in the heart of the Theatre District (533 Sutter St) that doesn’t have a bad seat. We believe in the power of bond between artist and audience, and our intimate stage brings us together to experience stories, music and drama as a communal experience.

The cocktail party and 20th season overview was held at the Hamilton this year. It has been at the theatre most of the time but it was decided to move to a new location that is bright and has a nice outdoors patio!

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Named after Alexander Hamilton

The architectural style of The Hamilton is recognized as "Art Deco Moderne", named after the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne. True to the characteristics of that style, the building has a flattened entablature. Its roofline consists of a series of geometric upward projections. The decorative detail at the 21st floor appears to be visually similar at the 16th and the 20th floor insteps. The exterior pre-cast concrete shell of the building is punctuated occasionally with detail and the front pre-cast portions are rendered in combed plaster. Decorative cartouches surrounded by serpentine curves and enriched stylized foliate forms are symmetrically displayed above the entrance. The entrance itself is flanked by Egyptian inspired shallow pilasters to create a pylon effect. Other discernible details, particularly on the east and west sides of the building are vertical zigzags and similar Art Deco motifs.

Only two materials were used in the construction of the building - concrete and steel. According to a retired engineer who spent over twenty years in residence, "there wasn't an original a piece of wood in the building other than the door jambs and entrance doors"

The hotel closed in 1961 and in 1962 became the City's first condo conversion (some say the first in California). A number of units were combined and the new condominium reconfiguration resulted in 186 units. The name of the building was shortened to The Hamilton, a name well known to many as the grand dame of O'Farrell Street. It now is a condo and many owners rent out their units through the internet.

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Beautiful out doors patio and meeting room.

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Wine and a buffet table with lots of great foods!

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Previews of various plays to be performed.

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Created on: 2018.06.30
Custom Made Theatre - 2018
Updated on: 2018.06.30