On a recent trip back east to Rhode Island to visit my family, I was driving with my father and somehow started speaking of the Tenderloin, and he asked me if I ever heard of the Mitchell Brothers? I laughed and said “Uh yeah, I walk by it everyday and a good friend does makeup there!” He brought up the fact that he “heard” they did live sex shows there, and I decided to not press this topic any more with him, I didn’t need the visual of him in there, especially if I have to walk by that place all the time.
So last week as I was flipping through SF Weekly I noticed a short article written about an upcoming play that seemed like something worth checking out about the Mitchell brothers, (thanks Dad, I think!!) Friday night I attended that play at Z Below, part of the Z Space art workspace located in Mission. Z Space works with various disciplines of the arts including theater, dance, visual art, music and performance art. So this was totally a cute space to see the play “The Pornographer’s Daughter”.
Written and starred in by Liberty Bradford Mitchell, the eldest of all 6 of the Mitchell cousins and daughter to slain porn giant Artie Mitchell. Mitchell has an extremely unique point of view about the San Francisco porn giants as she discusses the burgeoning SF porn scene of the 70s and 80s and how her live was intertwined.
The 80 minute play touches upon everything from learning about puberty by Judy Blume, not her parents. To visiting her father’s office and her exposure to the intense movie sex scenes to the juxtaposing of summering with her mother’s WASP-y New England family. Where she was told never to speak of things of that subject matter. Ultimately wrapping up the play with the unfortunate murder of her father by his best friend and brother as well as her uncle, Jim Mitchell.
The show is augmented by photos of her family as well as some famous porn stars with a soundtrack of the 1960s all the way through the 1980s performed by the 3-piece man band The Fluffers (they were awesome and just as instrumental to making this play as dope as it is.)
I thought Liberty did a kick ass job performing in this play. It’s not easy putting your self out there, especially when 89.7% of the focus was on her. If you find yourself looking for something to do in the upcoming weekends and live in San Francisco, you should totally check this shit out, it’s awesome!
IF YOU GO
The Pornographer’s Daughter
Where: Z Below, 470 Florida Street
When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays; closes Feb. 16