Off-Market: "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish"

After seven years at 965 Mission Street and being an active part of the San Francisco Theatre community, The Off-Market Theaters will close its doors in February 2011.

Built in June of 2004, by Combined Artform’s Steve Kahn and Matthew Quinn and opening with “Working for the Mouse” by Trevor Allen, the original two theatre’s had to be built after a long process including changing the building code. The change was well worth it as the space quickly grew to include at its peak, several rehearsal rooms, two black-box theaters and a gallery theatre. Along with Combined Artform, several companies and theatre related services have been associated with Off-Market over the years and have called it home at some point; Custom Made Theatre, Lila Theatre, Primitive Screwheads, SF State, SF Playwrights Center, Beverly Hills Playhouse; Spontaneous Combustion, Rob Reece, SF Improv Co-Op, Tilted Frame, Comedy on the Square, Ray of Light, Limelight Books, Cassandra's Call and PianoFight, not to mention the hundreds of writers, directors, actors and audience who have shared their show and presence at the space.

Due to numerous partnerships with other companies through Off-Market, Combined Artform was able to assist other companies in taking over a venue/rehearsal space and running it themselves including Custom Made Theatre Company, Cassandra’s Call, Lila Theatre and most recently PianoFight, who for the last three years has partnered with Combined Artform to manage the venue. While there is a certain sad solemness to the closing of Off-Market, both Combined Artform and PianoFight are excited about the future and realize that ultimately the community they helped create will continue on as will their working relationship.

Combined Artform now turns its attention to further develop its presence in Los Angeles at the Theatre Asylum. They will continue to work with the television and film community to develop new formats for live performance as well as producing and co-producing in LA and SF.

PianoFight will now focus its energies on creating a new theater complex in San Francisco. Currently seeking investors for the project, PianoFight has officially thrown its hat into the space race, and aims to have the new venue complete and operational by April 2011.

Both Combined Artform and PianoFight will continue to work together in creating a network between the Bay area and Los Angeles. Allowing their shows and others a chance to be seen by a wider audience and a growing community.

To celebrate the seven years of being part of the San Francisco community, Combined Artform and PianoFight will feature a special closing month-long celebration with our favorite past and present performances in January 2011 - B.O.O.M. (Best Of Off-Market) Fest.

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Map to the OffMarket Theaters


Get off at the Powell Street Station, walk one block down 5th Street towards Mission Street, take a right on Mission Street (at the SF Chronicle Building) walking towards 6th Street. 965 Mission is located on the left side of the street.


Convenient parking is located one block away at the 5th and Mission Street parking garage.



Studio 250

Theater Info: 50+ seats, 73 capacity, dimensions = 50' x 21' x 11', including small lobby. Rental info.


Space 212

Theater Info: 890 sq/ft open space. Perfect for rehearsals, workshops and auditions. Rental info.






In 2007, Combined Artform expanded into Los Angeles, specifically Theatre Row in Hollywood.

They now Theatre Asylum and The Lab and have already begun having shows in both cities.

We hope to expand on this more in 2010. With the help of PianoFight and other companies.


Off-Market Theater closes with a B.O.O.M.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 23, 2010 – After seven years of producing cutting edge, indie-theater, Off-Market will close its doors at the end of January 2011 with a B.O.O.M. PianoFight and Combined Artform are proud to announce the Best Of Off-Market Festival, running January 7th – 29th, 2011, at 965 Mission St, San Francisco. Featuring award winning solo artists Jennifer Jajeh (“I Heart Hamas”) and Alicia Dattner (“Eat, Pray, Laugh!”), local improv favorites The Un-Scripted Theatre Company, EndGames Improv, Futurestyle ’79, Technically Virgins, Spontaneous Combustion and Leela Theater, staged readings from the Playwrights Center and a special reading of Eavesdropper, as well as a live recording of an improvised radio-play from Radiostar and all new material from PianoFight’s Monday night ForePlays and The S.H.I.T. Show, and of course, a final chance to chuck produce at performers during Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Night. Ticket prices vary from ($10-$30) – for more info and complete schedule and line-up check or

The B.O.O.M. Fest will wrap up on Saturday, January 29th with short performances from each group or performer in the festival, as well as featured performances of Ray of Light’s “Jerry Springer: The Opera,” improv stalwarts Crisis Hopkins, The Custom Made Theater, Cassandra Farrar and The Left Brains, and a reading of a new short play by Trevor Allen. After the show, post-minimalist avant surf rock band, Das Haus Band, will perform till the wee hours as we begin the process of dismantling Off-Market.

While closing any venue is a sad affair, both Combined Artform and PianoFight are excited about the future. Combined Artform will continue to own and operate its venues in Los Angeles, Theater Asylum and Asylum Lab, while continueing to produce work in SF. PianoFight, Off-Market's resident company and manager for the last three and a half years, is proud to announce that it has completed the plans for and intends to build a state of the art theatre complex in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Located at 144 Taylor St (the site of the old Original Joe's restaurant), the new complex will include rehearsal and office spaces, two black box theaters and a full restaurant/bar with a cabaret stage. For more information on PianoFight and the new complex, please check out or email


I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You
Fri, Jan 7, 8:00pm; Sun, Jan 9th, 7:00pm - Tickets $20
Jennifer Jajeh’s critically acclaimed play I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You will mark its San Francisco return on Friday, January 7th and Sunday, January 9th. The introspective one-woman show on life as a Palestinian-American returns to the Off-Market Theater, where it premiered, as part of the B.O.O.M Fest.

Cassandra Ferrar and The Left Brains
Sat, Jan 8th, 10:30pm - Tickets $5 (door only)
Native San Franciscan Cassandra Farrar brings her folk/pop lyrical diary to the stage. Often compared to Jewel and Nora Jones , this 20 year old delivers a powerful vocal to her soul searching music.

Monday Night ForePlays or
Mon, Jan 10, 8:00pm; Sat, Jan 15th, 8:00pm – Tickets $20
Since its debut in November 2009, ForePlays has premiered eight original productions with over 40 jam-packed performances, putting their own unique spin on the largely male-dominated SF sketch comedy scene. In 2010, ForePlays has performed at the SF Improv Fest at the Eureka Theater, WomenROCK at The Independent, and the SF Theatre Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Thurs, Jan 13, 8:00pm – Tickets $15
A former resident company and manager at Off-Market, Lila Theatre, now rebranded as Leela, returns to its first home as part of B.O.O.M. Fest. Improvised performances will feature the Lila born duo Shades of Grey, comprised of Artistic Director, Jill Eickmann and producer/company member, Marcus Sams. Past Lila ensemble members will also reunite in original improvised formats. It’s an evening that promises improvised theatre that is honest, genuine and guaranteed to take huge risks. --

Futurestyle ‘79
Fri, Jan 14th, 8:00pm – Tickets $20
Having made its world premiere at Off-Market, during which it was called “Very funny,” by SF Weekly, Futurestyle ’79 returns as part of B.O.O.M. Fest to perform it’s live, fully improvised, episodic comedy played against the backdrop of San Francisco in 1979. The show is set in the publishing offices of life and style magazine Future Style during the last 6 months of the 1970’s.

Mon, Jan 17th, 8:00pm – Tickets $10 (door only)
At about the time Eavesdropper made its San Francisco premiere at Off-Market in July 2007, its producing company Combined Artform opened the Theater Asylum in Los Angeles and brought in PianoFight to begin its tenure as resident company and day-to-day manager of Off-Market, This unique combination of timing and talent resulted in the first collaboration between PianoFight and Combined Artform and served as a building block for PianoFight’s core company of actors. The evening will include a reading of the play, and lots of shitty beer.

The S.H.I.T. Show
Wed, Jan 19th, 8:00pm; Sat, Jan 22nd, 8:00pm – Tickets $20 or
The longest currently-running sketch comedy show in the Bay Area, PianoFights riotous sketch comedy act The Stop Hating Imagination Time Show, more casually known as The S.H.I.T. Show, returns for its final performance at Off-Market as part of B.O.O.M. Fest.

Technically Virgins
Thursday, Jan 20th, 8:00pm – Tickets $15
As the name might suggest, the Technically Virgins improvisers work to provide fun and creative improv performances for an audience that appreciates great improv with a supportive and silly tone. Technically Virgins will continue its successful collaboration with Off-Market as part of B.O.O.M. Fest.

EndGames Improv
Fri, Jan 21st, 8:00pm – Tickets $20
EndGames Improv produces the edgiest, funniest shows in the city and offers classes and drop-in workshops taught by the best of the Bay Area improvisers. Having hosted its workshops at Off-Market for the better part of 2010, Endgames will make its debut performance at the theater with B.O.O.M. Fest.

Eat, Pray, Laugh!
Sun, Jan 23rd, 7:00pm – Tickets $20
Jewish princess seeks Indian guru for one life stand in Alicia Dattner’s Eat, Pray, Laugh! Stand up comic and solo artist Alicia Dattner, winner of SF Fringe's 2008 "Best Female Solo Act," returns to the Bay Area after a world tour with stops in London, Mumbai and Los Angeles, to bring her award winning solo show Eat, Pray, Laugh! back to the Off-Market Theater, the home of its world premiere run, as part of B.O.O.M. Fest.

The UnScripted Theater Company
Mon, Jan 24th, 8:00pm – Tickets $20
In its eighth season of improvised theater, Un-Scripted has produced over thirty runs of shows and were voted Best Theater Company 2008 in the SF Bay Guardian. Un-Scripted returns to Off-Market as part of the B.O.O.M. (Best Of Off-Market) Fest for a one-night-only performance of it's unique style of comedic, musical and frequently dramatically enthralling style of improvised theater.

Radiostar / Submergency
Weds, Jan 26th, 8:00pm – Tickets $15
A former resident company and manager of Space 212 at Off-Market, Radiostar Network returns to its first home for a rare live performance and recording of a fully-improvised radio-play. Having recorded over 100 podcasts at Off-Market since 2006, Radiostar welcomes Submergency, a water-infused improv comedy show which can only result in waves of laughter.

Spontaneous Combustion
Thurs, Jan 27th, 8:00pm – Tickets $15 or
A resident improv company at Off-Market for over two years, Spontaneous Combustion performs its unique brand of blazing hot improv ignited fire comedy as part of B.O.O.M. Fest.

Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Night
Fri, Jan 28th, 8:00pm – Tickets $20 or
Called “Good for theater,” by the New York Times and, “A riot,” by the Guardian UK, PianoFight’s Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Night returns to the stage aty Off-Market for one final produce pummeling performance of tomato-tossing tailored sketch comedy as part of B.O.O.M. Fest.

One Life Stand
Sat, Jan 29th, 2:00pm – Tickets $15
Alicia Dattner, winner of the San Francisco Fringe's "Best Female Solo Act" & "Best of the Fringe", brings her third show in three years to the stage in this year's knockout comedy, "One Life Stand". "One Life Stand" proceeds her award-winning show "Eat, Pray, Laugh!" which is still touring the country after playing Off-Broadway in New York, Los Angeles, London, Bombay and a thrice-extended run in San Francisco. This brand new show tackles America's obsession with L-O-V-E, and takes Alicia's love life as the prime example of this obsession. In the immortal words of Robert Palmer, "You might as well face it, you're addicted to love."

Closing Night Party Show-tron of Awesome
Sat, Jan 29th, 8:00pm – Tickets $25
The B.O.O.M. Fest will wrap up on Saturday, January 29th with short performances from each group or performer in the festival, as well as featured performances of Ray of Light’s “Jerry Springer: The Opera,” The Custom Made Theater, Cassandra Farrar and The Left Brains, and a reading of a new short play by Trevor Allen. After the show, post-minimalist avant surf rock band, Das Haus Band, will perform till the wee hours as we begin the process of dismantling Off-Market.




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