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.
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
Thumper and Samuel Peaches take a turn as singing Mermaids. (Joan Howard and Casey Robbins.) Photo by Soren Santos.
Lord Trelawney (Casey Robbins as Samuel Peaches) attacked by The Kraken (Joan Howard as Thumper). 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.
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!)
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:
The Ill-Fated Mouse Council
Town Mouse & Country Mouse
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Beat Poet Crow
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!
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!