SF Woman Hits Her Head In Muni Accident And Becomes Nymphomanic, Now It’s A Musical!

By Alyssa Pereira

Put down that Fernet, and gather around folks, this is the most San Francisco story you’ve ever heard.

In the 1970s, a 29-year-old woman named Gloria Sykes sued Muni for $500,000 (roughly $3.1 million today) for a head accident on a Hyde street cable car that turned her into a nymphomaniac. The ensuing court battle brought in psychiatrists and the woman’s lovers to testify on her behaviors, and—as would only happen in San Francisco—she won her case.

Now, the producers and writers at FOGG Theatre have turned the story into a musical (because of course) that sets Sykes’ tale against the actual surrounding events of the 1970s sexual revolution in San Francisco. Most importantly, it asks the question, “What happens when women want the kind of things women aren’t supposed to want?”

Created by Kirsten Guenther and Tony Asaro, who found the story, the show is finally headed to stage this month at Z Below in San Francisco.

To get more information and tickets to the show, head to the FOGG Theatre’s site.


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