71.78% = Thank You, Supporters!

A rousing Thank You to all who have supported Shiver We Timbers!our 2018 summer tour — including donors to our Particularly Obstinate Obstacle Course, all those who have donated online, our site hosts and sponsors, and everyone who stopped by our pirate photo booth at the Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale on May 26.

Thanks to you, we’re already 71.78% of the way to our funding goal of $4000! Huzzah, math!

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Pirate Portraits from our photo booth at the Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale … Ahoy!

Your support makes it possible for us to bring free theatre to parks and public spaces around the Bay Area! Think of it this way… rather than buying a ticket, your donation is a lot like handing tickets out to people in your community. Feels pretty nice, right?

And that’s not all…

Your contribution is worth double, thanks to a grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists that matches all donations through July 15, up to our goal of $4,000. This grant will help Idiot String create a new play for Port Costa in 2019.

Whatever the adventure, the Peripatetic Players and Idiot String aim to connect people through joyful shared experience and participatory fun. When we create our shows, we’re also creating the world we want to live in: one full of imaginative play, shared stories, and do-it-yourself delight.

Haven’t donated yet? Want to chip in some more? Here’s a button!

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A Particularly Obstinate Recap!

The Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players are happy to report that they all managed to complete 16 obstacles in the Third Annual Particularly Obstinate Obstacle Course (POOC)!

Held Saturday, May 19th in the year 2018, the POOC was a rousing success!

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The Skeleton Pirate was decimated by Pirate Gwen, Pirate Stephanie, Pirate Thumper, and Pirate Guy!

This year’s Obstacles were presented on a map, illustrated by our very own Sam Bertken:

A Very Obstinate Treasure Map!

Our very own treasure map!

Our Obstacles were:

1. The Pledge of Arrlegiance! 9. The Kraken!
2. Pirate Gwen’s Pirate Closet 10. Tug of (Man O’) War
3. Catwalk the Plank 11. Cannonball Toss
4. Crows Nest Climb Time 12. Rogue Wave Rider
5. Catapult Cannon Toss 13. Shiver Me Timbers
6. Skeleton Pirate 14. Skarkline (a perennial favorite)
7. Samuel Peaches’ Siren Song 15. Sea Shanty
8. Pirate Puns 16. Time Fer Treasure!

Thank you so much to all of our friends who joined us in Mosswood Park — it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without you!

There is still time to donate, if you’d like to help us bring FREE theatre to Bay Area parks and public spaces; donations made now through July 15th will be DOUBLED through our Matching Grant from the Easy Bay Fund For Artists.

Donate HERE!

The Peripatetic Pirates

Photo by Tim Guydish!

On Your Marks, Get Set, OBSTACLE!

It’s that time again Players and pals!

We need your help!

Announcing the Third Annual Particularly Obstinate Obstacle Course — P.O.O.C.#3!

May 19, 2018 @ 2pm
Mosswood Park, Oakland

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Our first foray into the P.O.O.C.!

The P.O.O.C. is our annual crowdFUNding event that helps raise the cash needed to send the Peripatetic Players around the Bay on their Summer Tour. It’s also a lot of fun, so come on out to Mosswood Park on May 19 to cheer on the Players and witness Feats of Foolishness and Daring!

Pledge a Player now!

The Periapetic Players

Photo by Serena Morelli

Not only will your cash bring delightful, free theatre to communities around the Bay, every dollar donated through July 15 will be matched 1:1 by a grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists of the East Bay Community Foundation.

The Players operate on a shoestring budget, and the support of our donors is what allows us to keep doing what we do! We literally couldn’t do it without you…

$5

On average, if every person who sees our shows contributed $5, we’d cover our budget. Consider $5 your ticket price — what a deal!

$10

Of course not everyone who sees our shows can contribute — $10 covers your “ticket” plus a spot for someone else!

$25

Is our sunscreen budget for the summer.

$50

Helps us purchase materials to make audience participation supplies, like hats and vests!

$100

On our double-header days, this would go towards feeding the SPPPs — we need energy to to perform.

$250

Rents a pickup truck to haul FluxWagon, our folding mobile stage, for one weekend.

$500

Covers our General Liability Insurance for the Summer Tour. Insurance is really exciting! Just ask Meekins.

No matter what we spend it on, every dollar goes toward connecting people through the joyful shared experience and participatory fun of our interactive theatrical adventures… So what are you waiting for?

Pledge a Peripatetic Player today!

Thank you to Points West, the High Seas, and the Ends Of The Earth!

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Hello All!

It has been far too long since our last blog post, so I am here to give you all a special delight today!

The SPPP’ers have been meeting every other week or so since the beginning of the year to …. play. We have playdates. Sometimes cool things emerge, sometimes business-type things emerge, and then sometimes…. feats of greatness emerge.

Like what happened on Sunday, February 25th 2018.

Sunday saw Samuel Peaches, Thumper, Princess Gwen, Guy Hank, and Madame D. starting to make their adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring entitled: A Lord of A Ring.

And it was delightful.

I can honestly say that I don’t think the five of us have laughed so much in so long — we laughed so much we all started crying at one point!

We can’t wait to keep creating things for you — if you have something you’d like to see, send us a message, and we will see what we can whip up for you!

Love,

Marlene (Princess Gwen)

Farewell… for now!

What a great 2017 tour! The Peripatetic Players took Shakespeare or Space Wars to Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Port Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and hither and yon and back again for 12 performances this July and August.

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Shakespeare or Space Wars at Franklin Park, Alameda, on July 23, 2017.

We performed for more than 1300 people, some of whom may have been actual Jedi knights, and about 20 dogs! For a while, a spaceman and a lion who had been separated from their families joined our merry band.

 

We were a Staff Pick in the East Bay Express, were featured on ABC-7 News’s Hoodline segment, and chronicled in the Santa Clara Weekly.

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A pick of the week from East Bay Express

And now the Peripatetic Players have packed up our trunks for the summer and hunkered down for their autumnal naps, all cozy inside FluxWagon, our folding mobile stage…

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Here’s FluxWagon arriving at Precita Park in San Francisco!

(who is writing this in their sleep, one wonders?)

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This monster never sleeps, but can give you a monster’s-eye view of the monster lair under the stage.

…but we’ll have to wake up and move out soon, because FluxWagon will be hitting the road this October and November with a new play, Elixir of Life, produced by our very good friends at the theatre company Idiot String. You may even recognize some of the actors as the Peripatetic Players’ friends and fans!

Read more about Elixir of Life here.

And stay tuned! The Players will be back throughout the year with lots of fun projects. What sorts of creative projects do you think the Peripatetic Players should take on before our next summer tour?

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Adventures!

SHAKESPEARE OR SPACE WARS comes to Franklin Park, Alameda today at 1pm! Here are some behind-the-scenes shots from our tour thus far! 

Follow our adventures on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #SPPPSSW17 #fluxwagon #peripateticlife 

And be sure to catch a show! Here’s the full schedule.

FluxWagon in Santa Clara

Percival Perkins rescues a rebel fighter

Buzz Lightyear makes a cameo appearance! Is he yours? He was left behind after a recent show…

Tech Rehearsals: A Checklist

We are a couple of short days away from opening Shakespeare or Space Wars, and we find ourselves in the middle of tech rehearsals in Alameda. Here is my checklist for a smooth rehearsal:

  • Headlamp
  • Wool Socks
  • Hooded Sweatshirt
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Water
  • Night Vision
  • Hawk Ears
  • More Forks Than You Think You Need
  • More Snacks Than You Think You Need
  • In-N-Out Milkshake
  • Invigorating Music Jams
  • Sparkly Pipe Cleaners
  • 5 Pens
  • Extra Birds
  • 3 Undershirts
  • A Smile

A Peripatetic Adventure Into the Unknown Set for Summer 2017

by Percival Perkins, reporting from Port Costa, California

During July & August 2017, the Peripatetic Players will perform Shakespeare or Space Wars, described by the troupe’s lead songbird-whisperer, Princess Gwen, as “an homage to two classic star-crossed tales of destiny and daring.” I caught up with the Players during a recent respite from their grueling rehearsal schedule in Port Costa, California, where they are the resident travelling theatre troupe.

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A Peripatetic Performance in Port Costa, California. File photo.

My first curiosity was about the name of the show, particularly its lone and ambiguous preposition: “or.” Princess Gwen explained that she coined the title herself when the Players were unable to agree on their next production, allowing the Players some extra time to iron out the details. The Players are currently deciding between realizing the long-held dream of Samuel Peaches, their troupe’s leader, to perform Mercutio’s famous “Queen Mab” speech; and conceding to the urge of their Properties Master, Thumper, to build legions of droids and spaceships.

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Princess Gwen takes a break from the Second Annual Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players Particularly Obstinate Obstacle Course. Photo by Sell Fee.

Impresario and head artiste Samuel Peaches says that he has long yearned to perform the works of William Shakespeare, whom Mr. Peaches describes as “the greatest dramatist in the English language–performing his works is the pinnacle of any actor’s career, and after years of preparation, we are finally ready.”

In past years the troupe has performed O Best Beloved, an adaptation of several of Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories, and Aesop Amuck, a mashup of more than a dozen of the classic fables.

“It is time we turned our attention to the literary greats,” Mr. Peaches explained, contemplating a plastic skull he had recently extracted from an antique trunk full of stage props. “While Hamlet is really the role of my dreams, I have not yet found actors able to create the properly dour atmosphere of Elsinore. So instead I will direct this troupe in our own inimitable version of Romeo and Juliet. In adapting this great story to our actors’ abilities, we have of course updated most of the language and generally butchered the play to leave only the most basic plot points,” he sighed.

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Mr. Peaches gestures for someone else to do something to set up FluxWagon, the Peripatetic Players’ mobile stage. Photo by Madame Directrix.

When asked about the “Space Wars” angle, Thumper, an actor and the troupe’s Properties Master, eagerly interrupted Mr. Peaches. “Actually, the greatest story of all time is the original space opera trilogy created by Mr. George Lucas. We will perform the original original part of the original trilogy outdoors on our mobile stage with original props that I have created especially for this original production.” Thumper paused to inhale and Mr. Peaches sighed again. 

Thumper continued: “Samuel. Did you know you can do a lot in the way of space props with buckets and trash cans?!” Mr. Peaches was unavailable for comment on the props, as he was called away to autograph a copy of his recently-published tome on the art of acting.

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Thumper models a costume prototype. Photo by Madame Directrix.

Widely substantiated rumors indicate that indecisiveness amongst the troupe during the summer of 2016 resulted in a frantic attempt to perform the two classics at once. When pressed on the subject of past Shakespeare or Space Wars performances, one of the actors, Meekins, shuddered and let out a piercing but unintelligible cry of terror. Guy Hank, actor and troupe mechanic, first calmed Meekins down, then turned to me to explain the remount. “We’ve put in a lot of rehearsal for this show, or these shows. Both shows. All the shows. So it will be great to really put something out there again this year.” He paused, seemingly lost in a momentary thought, then added, “however it happens.”

“The audience should understand that we ourselves do not entirely know how this is going to play out,” commented Princess Gwen.

Ready or not, Shakespeare or Space Wars will tour July 8 – August 13 to Bay Area parks and public spaces. Tour venues will be announced on the sleekly-designed and thoroughly futuristic Peripatetic Players website.