In January of 1993 Lewis Campbell, an acting teacher from School of the Arts in San Francisco, got a call from  former
    student and professional actor Johanna Jackson. Would he work with some of  her students while she was playing the
    role of Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird at Denver Repertory Theatre?  He agreed and two months later a group of
    fourteen young actors presented an evening of one-act  plays at The Gough Street Playhouse in San Francisco.  One
    of the actors in the March production was Ronnie Hatter, Arts Coordinator at the Potrero Hill  Neighborhood House.  
    Ronnie suggested starting a new theater company on The Hill, and Multi Ethnic Theater (MET) was born.  In June,
    Lewis took early retirement from teaching to become MET's full-time Artistic Director.

    A July 1993 program note contained the following message:

    We have MET on The Hill !  Multi-Ethnic Theater is a true people's theater. Tickets are sold on a sliding scale
    beginning at $2.00.  We rehearse mostly on weekends, and everyone is invited to participate. Classes and
    production activities will  begin again in the fall.

    For the summer and fall of 1993  MET concentrated on training and the presentation of scenes and one-act plays. Then,
    in November, MET presented its first full length production, a handsome  and delightful staging of Moliere's Scapino.

    MET continued at the Neighborhood House, training and producing plays, through 1996.  In 1997 the company moved
    its training operations downtown and began producing at The Gough Street Playhouse in alliance with Marcia Kimmell,
    director of The Next Stage Training Program.  In 1998 Ms. Kimmell and Lewis Campbell founded a California non-profit
    corporation, Theater Residencies  Incorporated (TRI), with MET and The Next Stage Training Program as two of its
    projects.  At The Gough Street Playhouse, TRI / MET has presented one or more productions a year and has also
    supported efforts by visiting theater companies.  Evicted from the Playhouse in 2017 MET continues in rented venues
    while it searches for a new home.
Birdbath by Leonard Melfi                                  Hope is the Thing With Feathers by Richard Harrity                    A Sunny Morning by the Quintero Brothers
THREE ONE ACT PLAYS FROM MET'S EARLY YEARS
MULTI ETHNIC THEATER
MET is a project of Theater Residencies, Incorporated (TRI ), a California non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MULTI ETHNIC THEATER
MET PRODUCTIONS  --  1993 TO THE PRESENT
This website archives reviews of eighteen MET productions.   CLICK HERE

        1993

    One Act Plays
    Hope is the Thing With Feathers
    (Richard Harrity),  Ludlow Fair (Lanford
    Wilson), Talk to Me Like the Rain and
    Let Me Listen (Tennessee Williams),
    The Death of Bessie Smith (Edward
    Albee), Happy Ending   (Douglas
    Turner Ward),  Home Free (Lanford
    Wilson),   Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of
    Cancer (Jason Miller), The Rising of
    the Moon  (Lady Augusta Gregory),  
    Domino Courts (William Hauptman)

    plus
    Moliere's Scapino

1994

To Be Young, Gifted and Black
(Lorraine Hansberry)


The Lower Depths
(Maxim Gorky)


Bleacher Bums
(Joe Mantegna)

1995

Golden Boy
(Clifford Odets)


Fences
(August Wilson)

The Mousetrap
(Agatha Christie)


Sarajevo Voices and
Euripides' The Trojan Women


1996

Purlie Victorious   by Ossie Davis

He Who Gets Slapped  
by
Leonid Andreyev

Mister Shakespeare's Magic
Mirror
a collection of sonnets and scenes

To the Diggings  
by
Kathleen De Azeved --  at SFMOMA

1997

MET moves to
The Gough Street Playhouse
and presents:


World Premier
Body Snatchers, The Musical
by Bob Lesoine


1998

ONE ACT PLAYS

The Happy Journey
by Thornton Wilder

The Harmfulness of Tobacco
by Anton Chekhov

The Golden Fleece
by A .R. Gurney Jr.

1999

ONE ACT PLAYS
Happy Ending  (DouglasTurner Ward)
Birdbath  (Leonard Melfi)
Graceland   (Ellen Byron)
Hit and Run  (Joseph Hart)
The Happy Journey  (Thornton Wilder)

plus
Master Harold and the Boys
by Athol Fugard

2000


Joe Turner's Come and Gone
by August Wilson


Twelve Angry Jurors
by Reginald Rose

2001


The Sea Horse
by Edward J. Moore

Mister Shakespeare's
Magic Mirror
a collection of sonnets and scenes

No Place to Be Somebody
by Charles Gordone

2002

The Time of Your Life
by William Saroyan

2003

White Liars  and  Black Comedy
by Peter Shaffer

2004

The Island and
Sizwe Bansi is Dead
by Athol Fugard

2005

When You Comin' Back,
Red Ryder
by Mark Medoff   

2008

World Premiere
A Secret for Next  Sunday
by Charles Johnson

2009

TRI / MET welcomes
The Custom Made Theater Company
as a resident project at
The Gough Street Playhouse.


2010

Gem of the Ocean
by August Wilson

2011

TRI / MET continues support of
The Custom Made Theater Company
at The Gough Street Playhouse.

2012

To Be Young, Gifted and Black
the Lorraine Hansberry story

in association with
The Custom Made Theatre Company


2014    

World Premier
INDIAN SUMMER
by Charles Johnson

2015     

Two Trains Running
by August Wilson

2016

Jitney
by August Wilson

2017

A Shakespeare Valentine
and Voices From Harlem


Ain't It So . . .
by Charles Johnson

Evicted from the
Gough Street Playhouse
MET continues as a
nomadic theater company.


Refugee Voices and
Euripides The Trojan Women


at the Royce Gallery Playhouse

2018

Radio Golf
by August Wilson

at the PianoFight Bar and Theater



2019

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson

at ACT's Costume Shop Theater

2020

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