The Peripatetic Players are on the move! (as their name suggests)

Hear ye, hear ye! The Peripatetic Players now have their very own website: peripateticplayers.org! Please visit, and subscribe to the blog there for all the latest news. Or, sign up for our email list — it’ll get you all the most important announcements.

And there’s lots of news!

On July 24, 2016, the Players will host a Particularly Obstinate Obstacle-A-Thon! It’s an obstacle course fundraiser (and you can play the course, too, or pledge a player) to benefit their latest show…

Shakespeare or Space Wars!

That’s right… inspired by their command performance at the Bull Valley Roadhouse in November 2015, Samuel Peaches longs to reprise his starring role in Romeo & Juliet… but Thumper has ideas about a different star-crossed story — one with more droids. Mayhem is likely to ensue. Coming Sept 10-24 aboard FluxWagon to a Bay Area park or public space near you.

Follow the links for all the best info!

Big love to Sam Bertken for the Shakespeare & Vader portraits.

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Awesome!

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!

Joan and Rebecca had to don shades to take in the awesomeness of the Awesome Foundation’s generous grant!

One more chance to see O Best Beloved on Tour!

Coming up at 2pm this Saturday, September 13 at the Parker Street Odditorium (2310 Parker Street, Berkeley) — the final performance of the O Best Beloved 2014 Tour!

Kolokolo bird in the Wait-a-Bit thorn bush. Noe Valley, August 24. Photo by Tim Guydish.

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.

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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!

Parker Street Odditorium, Berkeley – September 13

Parker Street Odditorium, Berkeley – September 13

We’re thrilled to announce a performance of O Best Beloved on Saturday, September 13 at 2:00pm at the Parker Street Odditorium, 2310 Parker Street, Berkeley. Saddle up the kids and BYO seating for this special Berkeley backyard performance! We’ll also have some folding chairs and tumbling mats on hand.

Some of the audience at our Port Costa show not only brought their own chairs, but hosted  Samuel Peaches as Dingo for a mid-show nap.

Some of the audience at our Port Costa show not only brought their own chairs, but hosted Samuel Peaches as Dingo for a mid-show nap.

We’re delighted to be hosted by the Odditorium, run by our dear friend Adam L. Sussman, for our only performance in Berkeley!

Next stops on our tour include:

Saturday, August 30: FluxFest ’14
Sunday, August 31: O Best Beloved in Glen Park
Saturday, September 6: O Best Beloved in Santa Clara
Sunday, September 7: O Best Beloved in Hayward

For more info on seeing a show, please read our F.A.Q.

FluxFest ’14 – Celebrate this Saturday!

Flux Fest ’14 — it’s time to celebrate!

Join us for music, snacks and other shenanigans to celebrate FluxWagon (our mobile stage), our awesome friends & neighbors at Main Street Theatre (who have put up with the building of said stage), and the fabulous talents of Main Streeters and Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players (who perform on the stage) — block-party-style!

Saturday, August 30, 2pm – 4:30ish
Main Street Theatre – 915 Cayuga Ave at Ocean Ave, SF
Suggested donation $5 – $15 at the door

***donations go directly to the O Best Beloved actors!***

FEATURING…
The Bamasheks
Casey Robbins & Sam Bertken
Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players
Fox and the Hounds
And more!

On Sunday, 8/31, it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming: O Best Beloved in Glen Park!

The Burlington not only has great taste in paint colors, but safely housed four of our Best Beloveds during the recent earthquake!

The Burlington not only has great taste in paint colors, but safely housed four of our Best Beloveds during the recent earthquake!

 

 

FluxWagon Update, vol. 1

Fluxxie is looking all grown up these days. But not so long ago, she was a lot of wood, metal, and raw materials. Here’s some step-by-step photos from FluxWagon-In-Progress!

First the metal structures were cleaned, painted & primed

Once Fluxxie came home from metalworking at The Gate, her metal structures were cleaned, painted & primed…

While the wooden walls got a few coats of circus-wagon red

…while the wooden walls got a few coats of circus-wagon red. “Red Licorice” was too lipstick-y, so we settled on “Heirloom Red.”

Here's Megan attaching wooden walls to the metal structure

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

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

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

A side wall, ready for decor.

Next it's time for painting...

Next it’s time for painting…

...and stenciling!

…and stenciling!

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.

Here’s our full tour schedule.

…And stay tuned for the next installment in our gripping new series, FluxWagon-In-Progress!

Hooray! for Cayuga Park

That show was awesome!

–Cayuga Park audience member, age 7

We had a great preview performance at Cayuga Park last Sunday, with lots of kids in attendance and even a runaway kickball that was batted back into play by Samuel Peaches.

Our next performances are Saturday, August 16 at San Francisco’s Precita Park at 2pm, and Sunday, August 17 at Pleasanton’s Centennial Park at 5pm. We hope to see you there!

Click here for the full Tour Schedule.

Audience at our Cayuga Park show, August 3. Photo by Serena Morelli.

Audience at our Cayuga Park show, August 3. Photo by Serena Morelli.

Pingle the Stute-Fish (played by Blueberry Starshine) and Smiler the Whale. Photo by Serena Morelli

Pingle the Stute-Fish (played by Blueberry Starshine) and Smiler the Whale. Photo by Serena Morelli

Glen Park – August 31

Glen Park – August 31 We’re confirmed for a performance of O Best Beloved on Sunday, August 31 at 2:00pm at Glen Canyon Park in San Francisco. Mark your calendars! We’ll be outside the Rec Center — just follow the path from the entrance at either Bosworth Street or at Elk & Chenery.

Wildflowers and boulders in Glen Canyon Park

[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!

If you can’t wait ’til August 31, our first performance is tomorrow, Sunday August 3 at Cayuga Playground!  For a full listing of our confirmed summer 2014 performances, check out our Tour Schedule. And for more info on seeing a show, read our F.A.Q.

A taste of Tour 2014 – “The Beginning of the Armadillos”

Photos from one of our new stories, “The Beginning of the Armadillos,” by the phenomenal Serena Morelli. Here’s a link to the original story by Mr. Kipling.

Our first performance is this Sunday, August 3 at Cayuga Playground, San Francisco!

Check out our full 2014 Tour Schedule.

Blueberry Starshine (Sam Jackson) as the Professor

Thumper (Joan Howard) plays Painted Jaguar, about to surprise the two Armadillos -- played by Samuel Peaches (Casey Robbins) and Arby-Darby (Juliana Frick)

Thumper (Joan Howard) plays Painted Jaguar, about to surprise the two Armadillos — played by Samuel Peaches (Casey Robbins) and Arby-Darby (Juliana Frick)

 

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Blueberry Starshine also plays Mama Jaguar and Meekins and Princess Gwen are her Jaguar Posse

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Rawr! Meekins, Blueberry and Princess Gwen as the Jaguars

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Samuel Peaches and Arby-Darby as the Hedgehog and Tortoise, hatching a plan to surprise Painted Jaguar

Port Costa – August 23

Port Costa – August 23

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll bring O Best Beloved to Port Costa, CA on Saturday, August 23 at 1:00pm at the corner of Erskine Street and Canyon Lake Drive. Mark your calendars!

Idyllic, right?

Idyllic, right? Gorgeous aerial shot by Lewis Stewart for the Port Costa Conservation Society

Picnic lunches will be available for sale from the Bull Valley Roadhouse, who have created a special picnic menu for us. Pre-order lunch online starting July 28 or purchase at the show while supplies last.

Picnic options include Muffaletta Sandwiches on focaccia (veggie or meaty), Fried Chicken Sandwiches with spicy aioli (there’s also a kids’ version without the spice), and sides like Fruit Salad, Cole Slaw or Potato Salad. Delish! Drinks including fresh lemonade, Mexican Coke, and beer and wine will be for sale at the show. And while you can purchase lunch last-minute at the show, we do recommend pre-ordering online.

Our performance in Port Costa is going to be super special! Not only is August 23 the birthday of our own Marlene Yarosh, but you’ll not want to miss the chance to explore this sweet little town. Once a busy wheat-shipping port, Port Costa is now home to about 200 people, a great dive bar with a phenomenal beer list, a fabulous Victorian-era hotel, the delicious Bull Valley Roadhouse, and Wendy Addison’s whimsical Theatre of Dreams.

Here's a photo of Joan & Rebecca in the hills above Port Costa this past July 4, when we went hiking with Marlene & Soren before checking out the fireworks above the Carquinez Strait.

Here’s a photo of Joan & Rebecca in the hills above Port Costa this past July 4, when we went hiking with Marlene & Soren before checking out the fireworks above the Carquinez Strait.

So where is Port Costa? Just a 40-minute drive from San Francisco, and just a hop and a skip from other spots in the East Bay. Find it on our Summer Tour map!

Were Kipling to have visited Port Costa, perhaps there’d be a Just-So Story about this guy, immortalized at the Warehouse Cafe.

Want to make it a weekend adventure? We highly recommend a hike after the show, staying overnight at The Burlington Hotel, and brunching Sunday morning at the Bull Valley Roadhouse. Perfection!

Many thanks are due to Soren and Marlene, as well as the Port Costa locals who have welcomed us with open arms and helped make this performance happen — Dee, Jeff, Veronica & Tuala — thank you!

For a full listing of our confirmed summer 2014 performances, check out our Tour Schedule. And for more info on seeing a show, please read our F.A.Q.