Tenderloin brings Cutting Ball's own community into the theater using transcripts of interviews conducted by Elias and the cast, with each actor conducting three to five interviews with a variety of people who live and work in the Tenderloin.
The cast and writing team includes theater documentarians Tristan Cunningham, Siobhan Doherty, Rebecca Frank, Michael Uy Kelly, Leigh Shaw, and David Sinaiko. Additional writing is by David Westley Skillman.
Elias specializes in ensemble playmaking and working with a group of actors to compose new plays from interviews. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a development grant from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.