Today we’re bringing you some treats from our resident illustrator, Mr. Meekins’ very good friend, Sam Bertken. Sam has been making illustrations for our shows since the very first one, O Best Beloved, before the Peripatetic Players even knew how to peripatet.
For O Best Beloved (2013), Sam drew each of the animals who starred in the stories:
Old Man Kangaroo being chased by Wild Dog Dingo
The Elephant’s Child
Aesop Amuck (2015) also featured some animal stars:
Beat Poet Crow
The Ill-Fated Mouse Council
Town Mouse & Country Mouse
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
And this year, he’s drawn the pirate Players mid-adventure aboard their ship! Click the image to download a coloring page of your very own!
…here’s how we colored it in for our poster!
There are just FOUR MORE PERFORMANCES of Shiver We Timbers… click here to see the full schedule!
Thanks to our fantastic donors and supporters, we met our challenge grant goal!
Through our spring & summer fundraising campaigns, we met our matching challenge of $4000 from the East Bay Fund for Artists! In face, we exceeded the goal by about $400, which will cover the associated costs of credit card and fiscal sponsorship fees. Hurrah! and THANK YOU!
You’re the wind in our sails.
Not only do these dollars help the Peripatetic Players to sail around the Bay this summer, the matching funds from the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation will help Idiot String (the Peripatetics’ parent company) create a new play in Port Costa in 2019.
It’s all because of folks like YOU!
Thank you to all our generous supporters of the matching campaign who donated online or by filling out yellow slips or swiping a card at our shows… to those who pledged a Player for the Third Annual Particularly Obstinate Obstacle Course… and everyone who helped us meet our match!
And thank you also to everyone who gives at our performances. Your kind words and smiles put the wind in our sails, and the dollars that you drop in our hats keeps our shows accessible to all!
Here’s what it takes to put on an SPPP summer tour…
- $4500 pays artists (actors, designers, director and technicians)
- $1500 creates sets, props & costumes
- $2500 helps us get the word out
- $3500 pays for park permits, truck rental, and insurance
- $1365 covers banking fees, office supplies, and other expenses
That’s $13,365 for the whole summer tour — or about $1215 per show. Yay, math!
Is it too late to donate? It’s never too late! We’re still counting on donations throughout the summer to meet our overall budget for the tour. If you’re moved, you can donate right here, right now! Or, come to a show and drop some dollars in our hat. In either case, we hope to see you soon!
Shiver We Timbers! is now open, and the Good Ship Peripatetic has already had two adventures on the high seas! Great audiences and glorious weather turned out for our opening weekend, at Dimond Park in Oakland on Saturday, and Noe Valley Town Square on Sunday.
the Good Ship Peripatetic in Noe Valley’s Town Square
Thanks to Oakland’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Development, and to S.F. Recreation & Parks for hosting us at these gorgeous sites, and to the Noe Valley Association for helping to get the word out.
We’re looking ahead now to our next ports of call: Glen Canyon Park, San Francisco, at 3pm on Saturday July 14; and Niles Town Plaza in Fremont at noon on Sunday July 15. Click here for the full schedule, with links to maps!
gathering a miniature pirate crew at Dimond Park
Glen Park fans, have a look at the cool events that the Glen Park History Project has in the works — including a suffragette walking tour of Glen Park the morning of our show.
Over in Niles, train enthusiasts AND silent film buffs will find lots to discover. Sunday’s show happens to coincide with Charlie Chaplin Days, so you may see a bunch of Chaplins dressed in homage to one of our favorite knockabout clowns!
A Charlie Chaplin mural in Niles
Our Niles performance is generously co-sponsored by the Niles Main Street Association and the Alameda County Library Foundation, as part of the 2018 Niles Summer Concert Series. Remember… start time in Niles is noon.
Just one of the train cars – of the real and model variety – on view in Niles
And there’s still time to donate to our matching funds campaign — all donations made through July 15 will be matched by the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation, up to a total of $4000. Read more here, or take the plunge and…
As always, check out our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds for real-time pirate adventure updates! Arrrrrrgh!
Ahoy, thar! Hope yer keepin’ a weather eye out for pirates… because Shiver We Timbers opens this weekend!
A clickable schedule is here.
As always, Peripatetic Players shows are FREE to all! If you can donate some of your hard-earned doubloons, that helps keep us afloat. And right now, your doubloons are worth double! Make a donation by July 15, and your dollars will be matched by the East Bay Fund for Artists to help create a new show in Port Costa next spring.
Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to get a pirate’s-eye glimpse of our voyage!
Ahoy there, readers!
We’ve been busy these past few weeks brewing up a fantastic show for you all, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Here are some exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures of Shiver We Timbers!
Choices, choices, choices!
Who are these sea creatures?!
Gwen’s Alter Ego!
A sea monster attacks a merperson!
We look forward to seein’ ye on the high seas soon!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
Look at this boat!
s p o o k y
How did Samuel fare?
Madame, Err, Pirate Directrix!
Becoming a pirate starts with a hat.
What do ye see?
RRRRR ye ready?
If you get lost, go here!
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.
Photo by Tim Guydish!
It’s that time again Players and pals!
Announcing the Third Annual Particularly Obstinate Obstacle Course — P.O.O.C.#3!
May 19, 2018 @ 2pm
Mosswood Park, Oakland
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!
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…
|On average, if every person who sees our shows contributed $5, we’d cover our budget. Consider $5 your ticket price — what a deal!
|Of course not everyone who sees our shows can contribute — $10 covers your “ticket” plus a spot for someone else!
|Is our sunscreen budget for the summer.
|Helps us purchase materials to make audience participation supplies, like hats and vests!
|On our double-header days, this would go towards feeding the SPPPs — we need energy to to perform.
|Rents a pickup truck to haul FluxWagon, our folding mobile stage, for one weekend.
|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?
Thank you to Points West, the High Seas, and the Ends Of The Earth!
Our 2017 P.O.O.C.!
Our 2017 P.O.O.C.!
Last week I sat down with Mr. Samuel Peaches himself to ask him about his creative process. My primary question?
“How do you write a song?”
He gave me his answer in the form of a short essay, which was… interesting to transcribe to say the last. I bring it to you here:
How To Write A Song
Samuel Nathaniel Xavier Peaches III esq.
Writing a song is my Favorite Thing To Do.
I often write such terrible and precious songs that I am unable to continue for my eyes weep rivers or my body reels so. I’ve had songs whisper to me from the driest darkest corners of the earth. Songs that have crushed my back as the sun falling from the sky. Songs that have splintered my core and like the Fearsome Phoenix streaking from the ashes I am Reborn! I have tasted starlight on my tongue, and felt the molten core of Earth almighty on my footsoles.
You must turn yourself inside out and backside in to write a song. Upside Down and Rightside over Left. Only when you are bereft of every single faculty your mind and heart can offer, do your begin to realize your song just might be finished.
But there are many more steps to take and paths to follow before peaking through the leaves: just ahead of you is that little moonlit harbour, sparkling reflections of silvers dance across the water, contrasted by the slowly bobbing amber glow of windows in the village, smoke ambling lazily up into our diamond fretted roof. Grazing clouds feast on the warm tropical air. Fireflies drift past hunting for love and a drink. In the purple distance your ship floats anchored. Dark sails hoisted, gaping portholes slowly lilting back and forth.
You leave the black humming jungle and start down the grassy path, gravity filling your bones with buzzing we haven’t tasted since our youngest years. Your feet pick up speed on the hot earth as your crew lies snoring; dreaming and resting for the voyage that leaves at daybreak; the journey across the sea to lands unknown and wilds untamed.
I think that means that Samuel must travel on a boat to a jungle at sunset to write a song…
How do you write songs?
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!
Marlene (Princess Gwen)