Our summer tour of Shiver We Timbers! closed on August 12. It was a swashbuckling adventure to be sure, full of pleasures and perils. With your help, we found the lost treasure of Penelope Pandulce Potrero (the Pirate Princess of Pangea), and we made lots of new friends and reconnected with old ones — over 1000 of you came to see us this summer!
Every adventure was a bit different — because you picked it! On our voyages, we explored uncharted isles, encountered “graceful” mermaids and dancing undersea creatures, were cursed by sea magic, escaped scrapes in the mythical pirate port of Puerto Peruguano, met our doom aboard a scurvy ship, were dragged to the depths by the Kraken, collided with an iceberg, were rammed by an enemy ship, and even came under attack from small pirates wielding paper cannon balls. But never once were we struck by lightning! What luck.
Lord Trelawney (Casey Robbins as Samuel Peaches) attacked by The Kraken (Joan Howard as Thumper). Photo by Soren Santos
Evil Pirates aboard their evil pirate ship: Guy Hank (Paul Collins) as Captain Long Johns Danpier, Samuel Peaches (Casey Robbins) as Lord Trelawney, Meekins (Sam Bertken) as Bloody Lancaster and Princess Gwen (Marlene Yarosh) as Lady Blackhat. Photo by Soren Santos
Meekins (Sam Bertken), Madame D. (Rebecca Longworth), Thumper (Joan Howard), Guy Hank (Paul Collins) and Princess Gwen (Marlene Yarosh) consult a treasure map. Photo by Soren Santos.
Thumper and Samuel Peaches take a turn as singing Mermaids. (Joan Howard and Casey Robbins.) Photo by Soren Santos.
A sea storm hits the Good Ship Peripatetic! Photo by Soren Santos.
As always, the best part — and, it turns out, the treasure itself — is connecting with you, our audiences. We were especially thrilled to see you dressed up in your most piratical costumes! You came out to your local parks with your littlest family members and your wisest, and even some furry friends as well, and we hope you were delighted by our show. THANK YOU!
Samuel Peaches (Casey Robbins) as Captain of the Good Ship Peripatetic with new recruits to his pirate crew.
A small pirate looks toward the Good Ship Peripatetic during “Shiver We Timbers” at Lincoln Park, Alameda, 2018.
We look forward to seeing you again soon! Between now and our next summer tour, keep an eye out for special events, one-off performances, and workshops!
(Hint: our first workshop is coming up on November 3, 2018!)
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 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!
Hear ye, hear ye! The venerable institutions 510Families, East Bay Express, and now Theatre Bay Area have all recommended Shakespeare or Space Wars!
And we’ve got some fun pictures to show you!
Juliet refuses the flower of Paris as Friar Lawrence looks on
Romeo & Juliet… in space!
Percival Perkins as Perk Piewalker dives fearlessly into a smelly spot identified by Princess Gwen/Gweia
Percival Perkins, Meekins & Thumper in brawl on the streets of Verona
Weeping and Blubbering with Friar Lawrence
Aliens dancing during the Capulet Ball… at the Most Smiley Cantina!
Mr Meekins, Percival Perkins, Samuel Peaches, Thumper, and Princess Gwen in a scene set in space
Samuel Peaches and Princess Gwen as the Nurse and Juliet
P. O. Obstacle #3: Thumper and friends Percival (aka Soren) & Rapscallion (aka Ross) hurdle a swamp, or swim a river, or all of the above.
We lucked out with a bunch of sunshine for Sunday’s Particularly Obstinate Obstacle Course — THANK YOU all who came out in person or virtually to offer your cheers of support!
As expected, it was relatively ridiculous…
Awesomepants (aka Kristen) momentarily trails Princess Gwen in a leap through the ring of fire held bravely by Mr Peaches himself in P. O. Obstacle #12.
P. O. Obstacle #5: Awesomepants, Princess G, and a Masked Meekins expertly executing some improvised choreography.
And in the BEST NEWS, we’ve raised over $500 in the 24 hours immediately following the event! Which is fantastic — because we have only until May 1 to meet our goal!
Do you know someone who would like to help bring FREE performances to parks & public spaces around the Bay Area? Please share this link: https://go.rallyup.com/sppp-a-thon2017
In P. O. Obstacle #7, Thumper bravely takes on the role of Rebel Scum as “Storm Troupers” take terrible aim. It’s hard to see in those helmets!
We’ll receive the funds of all pledges no matter how much we raise, but hitting our goal will go a long way toward ensuring that we can bring Shakespeare or Space Wars to Bay Area parks, offering FREE performances for neighbors of all ages.
Explore the website for more about the show — and coming soon: tour dates and locations!
You can also sign up for our mailing list to be in the know about upcoming shows.
Awesome photos in this update from the wonderful Tim Guydish, a Peripatetic Patron who works wonders with his cameras!
P. O. Obstacle #8: Tea with Mdme. D, in which obstaclers hold forth on artistic matters whilst maintaining impeccable manners.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at today’s Peripatetic photo shoot!
Guy and Thumper setting up the scrolling backdrop
Guy is solving a problem
Meekins at work on a likeness of his idol and mentor, Samuel Peaches
The dashing Mr Peaches
Ready to tackle SHAKESPEARE!!
Shakespeare vs. Space Wars photobomb
Space Wars vs. Shakespeare photobomb
Thank you to everyone who has donated to Flux Fest ’15 and to our Kickstarter campaign!
We’re now just over halfway to our Kickstarter goal of $2500, with 10 days to go. If you’ve been meaning to throw in your support, now’s the time! Click here to go to Kickstarter — if only to watch the video. If you’ve already given, THANK YOU! Here’s a list of our wonderful supporters!
Because of your generous support, we’ve been able to add some bells and whistles to FluxWagon, like her new trapdoor and Aesop-appropriate paint job.
Joan, designer of the FluxWagon, in her new trap door.
FluxWagon at our opening performance at DeFremery Park, Oakland
New this week: animal portraits by the excellent Megan Hillard! (Stay tuned for photos of those after this weekend’s shows in Hayward and San Francisco.)
Your support is also invaluable to less photogenic but essential endeavors, like making insurance payments, buying gas, and renting trucks to tow Fluxie.
You also help ensure the Peripatetic Players can get paid! They’re super photogenic, actually.
The Peripatetic Players in action: photo by Tim Guydish. Click through for a whole wonderful set of photos!
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.