Our Own Silent Film Festival!

Idiot String performers visited the amazing, annual Port Costa Yard Sale this Saturday with a DIY Silent Film Booth. We provided the props, costumes, director, cinematographer, and extras… and made silent films starring YOU!

We made (super short) movies, we made friends, and we got to talk to lots of folks about the upcoming premiere of Port Stories, our interactive, site-specific play that will take audiences throughout the historic Port Costa School and downtown Port Costa.

Check out the films on Instagram or You Tube! (There are different movies on each platform).

 

Workshop: Site-Specific Creation Lab – May 19

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Explore site-specific stories and characters in this laboratory-style performance workshop in Port Costa. Through physicalization, movement exercises and reflective writing, you’ll develop creative tools to interact with the world and the objects in it.

This workshop is for anyone interested in exploring a physical relationship to their environment, and finding the fun in everyday moments. No performing experience is necessary; aimed at participants age 15+.

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The basics:

What: Site-Specific Creation Lab
When: May 19, 2019, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Port Costa, California
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How To Sign Up: Register at this link!

More details:

Cost is just $40, which supports both Idiot String and the Port Costa Conservation Society. Residents of Port Costa, Crockett, or Tormey pay just $10 thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Crockett Community Foundation.

This workshop is part of Idiot String’s residency in Port Costa sponsored by the Port Costa Conservation Society.

After the workshop, explore the wonderful and tiny town of Port Costa, where you can hike the hills, relax with a book, or discover whimsical artwork and fabulous antiques — making the whole day an invigorating experience.

We are excited to play with you!

What to bring:
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook or journal and pen(cil)
  • Snacks if you need them
  • Closed-toe shoes and clothes you can move in
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc) and anything else you’ll need to be comfortable outdoors

Joan Howard (workshop leader) is a physical theatre performer and clown. She plays Thumper of Idiot String’s resident troupe, the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players, and is one-half of the acrobatic clown duo Max & Antoinette, who have appeared at San Francisco Theater Pub and the foolsFURY Factory Parts Festival. Joan teaches the next generation of professional clowns at San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, where she is co-director of a new social clowning program called ClownCorps. Joan also feels particularly fortunate to visit hospitals with the Medical Clown Project. She has performed with We Players and foolsFURY, and has presented original performances at Physical Theatre Salon at Main Street, LEVYSalon, Barbary Coast Amusements, Literary Clown Foolery, The Clown Cabaret, and Ei8ht. In 2010, she co-founded Main Street Theatre in San Francisco’s Excelsior district, an alternative performance venue dedicated to physical theatre and the variety arts. Joan studied clowning and pedagogy with Giovanni Fusetti of Helikos, is a graduate of Flying Actor Studio’s Physical Theatre Conservatory, and holds a BFA in Sculpture/Performance Art from California College of Arts & Crafts. She is the designer and builder of FluxWagon and co-creator of Idiot String.