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Halloween in the Castro
MCC San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
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Halloween in the Castro
Merging local politics with murder and mayhem, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, under the direction of Stephanie Lynne Smith, present Jack Curtis Dubowsky's Halloween in the Castro, a biting, in-your-face social commentary about what has gone wrong with Castro Halloween.

In this world premier opera, San Francisco's iconic street is haunted by horrors of the past and present. As Halloween approaches, neighborhood residents, gawking tourists, city politicians and local business owners have conflicting ideas about how the evening should run. But will they all survive to see the dawn?

Halloween in the Castro is contemporary social commentary in the form of a traditional opera. Featuring an ensemble cast and an original score, the show educates, satirizes, and most of all, entertains.

Over many years, the Castro's Halloween celebration has degenerated from a fun, quirky neighborhood event to an uncontrollable human mass plagued by bashings and murder. The yearly Castro Halloween debate and debacle has become a microcosm for San Francisco at large. As San Francisco has grown with money and population from the technology boom, the facets which reflect its quirky, queer and idiosyncratic beat have become rare, commodified, or disrupted. Although the Castro is thought of as a Gay Mecca, it struggles with how to manage an historic event through reoccurring violence and masses of gawkers.

Halloween in the Castro honors the history and the debate even as the city and the neighborhood continue to look for a solution.


This event is supported in part through Subito, the quick advancement grant program of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Composers Forum.

This event supported in part by a 2009 Pink Saturday Grant from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.

LGCSF events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San
Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

LGCSF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible. There are a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals and businesses.  Please visit or contact Chorus Manager Kristen Brown at

All seating is general admission, sliding scale.



MCC San Francisco
150 Eureka Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States

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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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