F.A.Q. and What To Expect

What should I expect?

Why, expect the unexpected, of course! Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, mice and meese, Capulets and Montagues, droids and aliens, boys and girls! The Peripatetic Players arrive with FluxWagon, our folding mobile stage, to present a spectacular show in the open air. Our ensemble productions feature fantastical feats of theatricality, imaginative leaps (only after looking), marvelous moralities, and ever-so-catchy sing-songs.

Where and when are the performances?

We perform outdoors in local parks and public areas. Have a look at our Tour Schedule here — it’ll tell you dates and times and everything.

Outdoors, like in the weather?

Yes. It’s wise to bring some sun protection, like a hat and sunscreen, and a bottle of water. For San Francisco performances, you may also want to pack a winter parka. If it rains lightly, we’ll keep going… but heavy rains can make it unsafe for the actors to continue. If we have to cancel the performance because of rain, we hope you’ll be able to see us at another location.

Do you have chairs?

Not usually! You’re welcome to bring your own camp chair, cushion, or blanket. We ask those with higher chairs to sit further from the stage, and those with blankets or low chairs to sit closer so that everyone can see.

Do I need a ticket?

Not usually! Most shows are free to the public. Some are special events, and if tickets are required, it’ll say so on the Tour Schedule. But every show is rather expensive for us to produce, so please consider giving a donation if you enjoy the show. We also have VIP Packages for donors who would like some extra perks, like a special seating area, fun swag, and Peripatetic adulation. Contact our Head Honcho, IdiotString@gmail.com for more info about VIP Packages.

How long is the performance?

We expect our shows to last about an hour. Arrive early (20 minutes or so) to see the ensemble setting up the stage; arrive late if you want; and feel free to leave any time. We understand that kiddos can be ready to do something new at any moment… and if you just happen to be passing by, you won’t miss any major plot points if you join us partway through.

What ages will enjoy the show?

We think everyone will! Younger tots will like the physical acting and elementary schoolers will love the silly jokes, while middle schoolers will enjoy the way the ensemble interacts with the audience and use ingenious props to tell the stories. High-school-aged kids and adults can indulge their inner children and catch on to some of the more obscure jokes and references.

What is FluxWagon?

FluxWagon is our mobile stage. She looks like a circus wagon, at first… until just before showtime! Arrive at the performance site early to watch the ensemble transform FluxWagon into our stage. Check out our FluxWagon blog posts for more info.

Have you done this kind of thing before?

As a matter of fact, we have! Our first performance, the Peripatetic Players’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories called O Best Beloved, premiered in a “normal theatre” at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival. It received a “Best of Fringe” designation and a Stuart Award for Excellence in Theatre. During summer 2014, the Players toured O Best Beloved to nine Bay Area parks and public spaces aboard FluxWagon, our folding mobile stage. FluxWagon has been on the road with us ever since. In 2015, the Players presented Aesop Amuck!, and in 2016 & 2017, Shakespeare or Space Wars to much acclaim. Read more about our history here. And of course each ensemble member has their own history of performance, training, and/or narrowly escaping schools of man-eating fish… You can read more about each ensemble member on our credits page.

Are the Peripatetic Players real? Who is behind all this?

The Peripatetic Players are as real as the end of my nose! The ensemble was created by Idiot String, and our Bay Area tours are made possible by lots of site hosts and partners!

Still have questions, or want to say “hello”?

Drop us a line at IdiotString@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you! You can also “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@SamuelPeaches) and Instagram (@peripateticplayers). Post your selfies and photos from the shows with #PeripateticPlayers #FluxWagon or #SPPPSSW17!