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SF’s Newest Theater Opened With The Amazing Neo-Futurists!

Updated: Jan 25, 2023 14:49
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Co-Director Topher Lin of the Neo-Futurists on the microphone, mesmerizing the crowd on Friday night.  Photography by Vita Hewitt

New venue, new menu, the legendary Neo-Futurists took residency and debuted The Infinite Wrench in San Francisco’s 447 Minna Black Box Theater last Friday, bringing their fast-paced, prolific style of playwriting and performance art to a soldout SoMa crowd.

Willie Caldwell  gets wet during Friday’s performance

Hosting pop-ups, after-school programs, classes, meetings, artist residencies, and events, 447 Minna is on its way to becoming a space for the community, one that provides the flexibility to experiment, dream, imagine and bring people together to create and share art.

447 Minna’s new black box theater now has The Neo-futurist every Friday and Saturday night for the coming year.  A collective of performers, writers, philosophers and directors premier new shows every week, 50 weeks a year. Each performance consists of around 30 plays that last two minutes each. The order is determined by the audience.

A lineup of Neo-Futurist plays is called a “menu”, because like a fancy restaurant these playrights print a fresh set list every week, replacing anywhere from 2 to 12 plays from the menu every Friday night.

It’s not the right time, is it? –  There is no wrong time to see actor jeb (@toastluvr) perform with food.

A shocked Sam Bertken at the Black Box Theater

Plays with titles like “An unprecedented amount of wetness”,  “Low Budget Banksy”, & “I just don’t get Haruki Murakami”, wove in philosophy, emotional intelligence and current events.

Wallace Yan performs San Francisco’s new art center: 447 Minna

Self-reflection” did a great job of touching on a lot of political and personal topics in a safe and respectful way.


447 Minna, SoMa San Francisco

447 Minna, SoMa San Francisco.  Known as the historic Dempster building, 447 Minna was built in 1907 and first served as a printing facility before being acquired by the Hearst Corporation to be used as a photo archive and test kitchen.  Image via CAST

Now, thanks the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) and its partners 5M Project & Brookfield Properties, this historic building is a thriving center for the arts. Offering affordable, accessible spaces for arts and culture in San Francisco and the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood.

447 Minna, SoMa San Francisco.

Check out all the incredible things CAST is doing for local arts and arts venues like Counterpulse, The Luggage Store, and the Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse here.)

Topher Lin @clizzin (left) reads to the audience.

If you’re looking for fun, dynamic theater that is both thought-provoking and very San Franciscan, go see the Neo-Futurists on Friday & Saturday nights.

The Infinite Wrench @447 Minna

30 original plays in 60 minutes, featuring the personal, the political, and the profoundly WTF
EVERY Friday & Saturday Night!

447 Minna Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Tickets Here

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Vita Hewitt

Vita Hewitt

Vita is a half Chinese-Malaysian, photograph taking, plant foraging, vegetable garden growing, astronaut impersonating, conceptual art creating Bay Area human. She loves exploring the intricacies of the Bay Area Art Scene.