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:
The Elephant’s Child
Old Man Kangaroo being chased by Wild Dog Dingo
Aesop Amuck (2015) also featured some animal stars:
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Beat Poet Crow
Town Mouse & Country Mouse
The Ill-Fated Mouse Council
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!
The Peripatetic Players opened Aesop Amuck this past weekend with shows at DeFremery Park in Oakland and the Noe Valley Town Square in San Francisco. Next stops: Hayward at 1pm on August 8 and Glen Park, SF at 2pm on August 9. Here’s our full schedule of performances… and you can help keep us going by donating to our Kickstarter campaign! And now — pics from the show!
Thumper as a frog ready to have some fun in the frog pond during AESOP AMUCK.
What is a Peripatetic Player to do?
We’re looking forward to playing at DeFremery Park, Oakland this Saturday August 1 @ 5pm, (special early-evening opening night!) and the Noe Valley Town Square this Sunday August 2 @ 2pm!
But BART service this weekend will not travel between San Francisco and the East Bay! In addition, the West Oakland BART Station, the closest station to DeFremery Park, will be closed. But GOOD NEWS! There will be more frequent BART and bus service throughout both sides of the Bay — just not between them.
To DeFremery Park: AC Transit Bus #26 or #31
To Noe Valley Town Square: MUNI #48 or J-Church
Biking to DeFremery Park or to Noe Valley is a great option! But BART asks that you don’t bring bikes on the Transbay bus bridges this weekend. (The regular AC Transit Transbay Bus routes do allow bikes.) There will be more frequent ferry service across the Bay — it’s a fantastic ride both on bike and boat. Click here for more info for cyclists.
If you must drive, street parking is usually available at DeFremery Park, but quite difficult at Noe Valley. It’s always a good idea to plan some extra time if you’re driving.
Read more about the Transbay Tube closure here:
We can’t wait to perform for you! Here’s our full schedule of performances… and a photo of part of the Mouse Family, ready to go!
Meekins, Princess Gwen and Thumper in their new Mouse costumes by Vivi Matsuda
Illustration by Sam Bertken
How did this frog get so big? Through her own folly, I’m afraid…
She’s from The Frogs and the Ox, and she’s trying to make herself as big as an ox. It doesn’t turn out well.
In fact, the frogs always seem to be coming up with bad ideas… Like, for instance, in The Frogs Who Wished for a King or The Frog and the Mouse. Unlike the mice, who come up with bad ideas after a lot of thought and deliberation in their mouse councils, the frogs just don’t seem to think things through. Naturally, this leads to plenty of mishaps for the frogs.
The frogs are also scared of everything, perhaps with good reason considering all the misfortune that befalls them. They run for their lives in The Hares and the Frogs and The Boys and the Frogs.
What with all that running in fear and being prone to mishaps, we see some great opportunities for slapstick. That might be why the Frog sections of Aesop Amuck are some of the most hilarious to rehearse.
Here’s a little taste of our rehearsal shenanigans…
With a ton of fables featuring Mice, you can be sure that Mice will have a starring role in the Peripatetic Players’s Aesop Amuck!
The Mice in Aesop’s Fables always seem to be having councils. They have a lot of important decisions to make, like how to get away from the Cat, or to better organize their mouse armies. And of course there’s songs to be sung… But we’ll let that be a surprise.
Stay tuned for more character profiles, and more fabulous drawings from Mr Bertken (a.k.a. Meekins)!