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Dear Beloveds, the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players are on tour starting tomorrow with a new show — Aesop Amuck, based on Aesop’s Fables. We’re thrilled to be unfolding FluxWagon for stupendous shows at parks and public spaces around the Bay Area once again!
Saturday, September 13, we had the last performance of the O Best Beloved 2014 tour at Adam Sussman’s Parker Street Odditorium — and it was fantastic!
Mr Sussman sent this dispatch to Facebook after the show:
Much to the surprise and delectation of all assembled, at the end of the show, two galant strangers stood up to announce that the production had been awarded an Awesome Foundation AWESOME GRANT for $1000 and presented directors Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth with the prize in LED lit suitcase complete with branded sunglasses! — with Joan Howard andRebecca Longworth.
And indeed! Board members of the San Francisco Awesome Foundation surprised us with a glowing briefcase full of dollars after the show! We’re proud, elated, and really really grateful to be awesome.
Joan and Rebecca had to don shades to take in the awesomeness of the Awesome Foundation’s generous grant!
Kolokolo bird in the Wait-a-Bit thorn bush. Noe Valley, August 24. Photo by Tim Guydish.
Elly and the Giraffe at Noe Valley, August 24. Photo by Tim Guydish.
Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players get serious about a song in Noe Valley on August 24. Photo by Tim Guydish.
During our tour, we’ve played to almost 1,000 people, paused for the BART to go by, chased after dogs running under the stage, shared our playing space with a Yak, performed for at least three princesses, paraded with kids from 2 to 82, and been gifted more cake than anyone could possibly eat. The FluxWagon has both gained and lost a couple of deedles (ask us for the story on that one, as well as what “deedles” are), drawn delighted crowds wherever we’ve unfolded her, hosted a concert, and traveled more miles than we can count.
We hope you’ll join us for Saturday’s performance, and please stay in touch — we won’t be performing soon, but you never know where we might appear next!
Audience member in Pleasanton on August 17, watching FluxWagon fold up.
FluxWagon with Doris at Precita Park, SF, August 16
The audience at Precita Park, SF 8/16/14
Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players had two spectacular shows this weekend, full of sunshine and lively audiences! The players told tales of the High and Far-Off Times to over 200 people this weekend from Precita Park to Pleasanton.
The Professor, PhD pretty much knows it all — or thinks s/he does. Our ensemble can’t quite decide who has the final say on how the world began… and everyone has a different idea of who The Professor is. Who’s your favorite?
…while the wooden walls got a few coats of circus-wagon red. “Red Licorice” was too lipstick-y, so we settled on “Heirloom Red.”
Next, the wooden walls were to the metal structure – here’s Megan drilling in some awesome self-tapping screws. Note the step units at the top of the frame – you’ll see more of those in our next installments!
The walls all will all fold down to become floors, so they get a layer of pretty-looking floorboards, too.
Here’s Gus and Joan on a short break from finishing walls, building stairs, and a million other details.
A side wall, ready for decor.
Next it’s time for painting…
Want to see FluxWagon in all her glory? Come on out to a show! Next stop: Precita Park, San Francisco on August 16 at 2pm; then Pleasanton August 17 at 5pm.
[If you happen to be holding a postcard that says we’ll be in Glen Park on 9/13, never fear: August 31 is the date we’ll be there. We originally planned for Sept 13, but moved the date when the Parks Dept realized there was a big picnic planned in the park that day.]
Glen Canyon Park has been recently renovated with a fantastic new playground and entrance on Elk Street near Chenery. Come on in and look for us near the Rec Center. Bring the kids, the dog, a picnic blanket and your sense of humor!