|Possibly the Comedia Theater, corner of Homer and High, now, in 2012, it's a Peet's Coffee.|
|Note the address.|
In March 1961, per Dennis McNally, "Garcia volunteered as a lighting technician for a production of Damn Yankees." This sounds like it was an informal deal for a friend, and Garcia seems not to have had any involvement in theater afterwards.
Dead.net has a new "Celebrating Jerry" clip that's a little conversation with Jerry from 1974. He talks a little about his pre-Dead days:
"I’d scuffle, I’d hustle, I’d scam. I didn’t want to work, I didn’t want to have a job, didn’t want to live that life, and I didn’t care what I did in order to not have to do it... I never felt pressed by that. I’d sleep in the bus depot, theater lobbies behind the ticket booth. I didn't give a fuck - I got into all those trips, because I didn’t want to make myself into somebody..."
Aside from being quite a statement of Jerry's philosophy in itself, this opens up the possibility that Jerry was volunteering as lighting tech at a theater in 1961 in return for being able to sleep there!
We know that at that point, Jerry was living in his car - so sleeping in a theater lobby would actually have been a step up in comfort. When he met Hunter, the two of them would hang out in his car in a parking lot, eating purloined pineapple from tin cans....
It's not often realized just how down & out Jerry was in that post-Army period, but he often remembered those days with fondness.(2)
Jerry rehearsed here on
03/??/61 Robert Hunter
Jerry meets 19 year old Robert Hunter while working an evening lighting job at the Comedia Theater.(3)
2.)^lightintoashes, 2011-07-24, http://hooterollin.blogspot.com/2011/07/warlocks-resumes-1965-pre-grateful-dead.html
3.)^Jackson, Blair, Garcia: An American Life, pg. 34.