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!

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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!

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!

 

 

Particularly pleasant performances in Precita Park and Pleasanton!

Wow, it’s like a magic box! That is so cool!

Audience member in Pleasanton on August 17, watching FluxWagon fold up.

FluxWagon with Doris at Precita Park, SF, August 16

FluxWagon with Doris at Precita Park, SF, August 16

The audience at Precita Park, SF 8/16/14

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.

Join us next weekend for an extra-special performance in Port Costa on Saturday, with lunches available from the Bull Valley Roadhouse, or Sunday in Noe Valley at the “Noe Valley Town Square.”

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.

Noe Valley “Town Square” – August 24

Noe Valley – August 24

We’re confirmed for a performance of O Best Beloved on Sunday, August 24 at 2:00pm at Noe Valley Town Square in San Francisco. Mark your calendars! Noe Valley Town Square is at 3861 24th Street, between Sanchez and Vicksburg Streets, in Noe Valley.

A rendering of the planned renovations at Noe Valley Town Square

Occasionally disguised as a mere parking lot, every Saturday the Town Square hosts the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market. A group of residents have come together to ensure that the property, recently acquired by the City of San Francisco and now part of the SF Recreation and Parks system, will be renovated into a beautiful neighborhood public space.

We’re thrilled to be performing in a spot that’s so well-loved by the community!

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.

Cayuga Playground – August 3

Cayuga Playground – August 3

We’re confirmed for a performance of O Best Beloved on August 3 at 2:00pm at Cayuga Playground, San Francisco. Mark your calendars!

Not sure how to find Cayuga Playground? Here’s a map.

 

Cayuga Playground features fantastic carved wooden sculptures by Demetrio Braceros.

Cayuga Playground, in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood, is a often called a “hidden gem.” It’s been recently renovated, and is full of art, children, a few dogs, and neighbors getting their daily exercise. Our rehearsal space is nearby, and you may have seen us rehearsing in the park itself last week!

For nearby eats, we recommend Mamá Art Cafe on Mission Street. They have great coffee and bagel sandwiches you can bring to the park, and are awesome neighbors who are truly involved in the community.

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.

Precita Park – August 16

Precita Park – August 16

We’re confirmed for a performance of O Best Beloved on August 16 at 2:00pm at Precita Park, Precita Ave at Harrison, San Francisco. Mark your calendars!

Precita Park looking towards the playground at the East end of the Park

Precita Park is not only a beautiful, dog- and kid-friendly spot in the sunny part of town, it is also home to Precita Eyes Muralists‘ Mural Arts Studio. Precita Eyes is undoubtedly one of San Francisco’s cultural treasures; their visitors’ center is a short walk away on 24th Street near Harrison.

Consider visiting Precita Park Cafe before or after the show for neighborly nosh, Hillside Supper Club for brunch prior, or pick up a picnic from Charlie’s Deli Cafe or Harvest Hills Market and bring it with you to the show!

Stay tuned here for more time & date announcements!