Cutting Ball Theater Celebrates 20 Years With A Benefit Honoring Paige Rogers And Rob Melrose

Cutting Ball Theater Celebrates 20 Years With A Benefit Honoring Paige Rogers And Rob Melrose

Cutting Ball Theater is celebrating 20 years since the company's founding and first production with a benefit honoring founders Paige Rogers and Rob Melrose. This festive evening, generously hosted by Zendesk, will feature signature cocktails, small bites, and a silent auction.

The honorary host committee includes Zendesk CEO and founder Mikkel Svane, actor Marco Barricelli, and Grammy award winning classical musician Mads Tolling.

"This event is an opportunity to celebrate where we've been and to kick-start our next decade of theater-making" says Artistic Director Ariel Craft. "Paige and Rob fearlessly founded their own fledging company two decades ago and built it, from scratch, into this institution that I am so grateful to lead today. Hitting the twenty-year mark is an enormous milestone for Cutting Ball."

"Cutting Ball Theater adds to the vibrancy and culture of our neighborhood and the entire city," said Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane, an honorary host committee member. "It cultivates an inspiring community of artists and engages local youth through its education program, making The Tenderloin a better place to live, work and visit."

Silent Auction items include a three-night Healdsburg getaway for up to 10 people, tickets to Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce at the Curran, a one-week stay in Venice for 6 people, and more.

Tickets are $75 and are available for purchase at or by calling 415-525-1205.

For twenty years, Cutting Ball Theater has been championing the unusual and the evocative, reimagining how narratives can be told, and producing plays for audiences with bold and curious tastes in San Francisco. Over the years, Cutting Ball has received recognition and honors from numerous grant makers and media outlets including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Weekly, San Francisco Magazine, the Acker Awards, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Theatre Wing. Cutting Ball Theater was founded by Rob Melrose and Paige Rogers and is currently led by Artistic Director Ariel Craft and Managing and Producing Director Liz Olson. For more information about Cutting Ball Theater, visit

Cutting Ball Theater's 2018/ 2019 Season is made possible in part by the Bothin Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The RHE Charitable Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, SWEA, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, Embassy of Sweden, Dolby, Microsoft/Yammer, Wells Fargo Foundation, Zendesk, Zoosk, and season producers Robert Chlebowski, Ken Melrose, Velia Melrose, Erik Blachford and Maryam Mohit, Mark Rabine and Lydia Chavez, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock, and Dave and Kate Yrueta.

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