Port Costa Residency 2019

Our Residency in Port Costa, sponsored by the Port Costa Conservation Society, is underway! Throughout 2019, residency activities include:

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Idiot String’s site-specific, interactive, original production will take place at the Port Costa School and throughout downtown Port Costa in June, 2019. Development workshops and rehearsals for Port Stories are being held throughout the winter and spring at the Port Costa School. Port Stories has been commissioned by the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation, and is also supported by the Edward J. Daly Foundation.

Public Workshop Series

Sponsored in part by the Crockett Community Foundation, Idiot String is offering a series of creative workshops open to the public at the Port Costa School. Each workshop focuses on a different set of performance skills or artistic techniques related to our work. They’re a great way for folks of all experience levels to try something new, or dive deeper into an established practice.

Artists’ Mini-Retreats and Salons

Are you an artist who could use some time set aside for your own artistic practice? Would you value the opportunity to build a community of creative folk around cocktails and conversation? Contact us for an invitation to our Artists’ Mini-Retreats and Salons. Held almost monthly on Wednesdays, each Mini-Retreat concludes with a visit to the Dram Shop at the Bull Valley Roadhouse with that day’s cohort of artists.

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Sponsored by funding from the Crockett Community Foundation, Idiot String is offering in-school performing arts education workshops and master classes to the John Swett Unified School District.

Community Outreach

We’re delighted to be able to offer $5 show tickets and $10 workshop admissions to residents of Port Costa, Crockett, and Tormey, also thanks to funding from the Crockett Community Foundation!

Read more about the Crockett Community Foundation’s support here.

 

Thank you, new funders!

It is with deep gratitude and excitement for the year ahead that we announce two new Idiot String supporters: the Crockett Community Foundation and the Edward J. Daly Foundation.

The Crockett Community Foundation will make it possible for us to offer both a public workshop series in Port Costa, and in-class programs for students in the John Swett Unified School District. The Foundation is also underwriting a reduced-cost ticket program for residents of Port Costa, Crockett and Tormey. If you’re a local, you can attend our workshops for $10 and shows for just $5!

The Crockett Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting local projects that foster volunteerism and strengthen the local community. If you’d like to volunteer with Idiot String at one of our events, please drop us a line at idiotstring@gmail.com.

Idiot String in Port Costa: at the Port Costa School setting up a Peripatetic Players summer tour performance, exploring the Theatre of Dreams during a sneak preview of Elixir of Life, and preparing a thirty-minute version of Romeo and Juliet in honor of the Bull Valley Roadhouse’s anniversary. 

The Edward Joseph Daly Foundation is sponsoring design elements for our new site-specific production in Port Costa that will premiere this June. As the audience discovers the play taking place all around them at the Port Costa School and throughout downtown Port Costa, they’ll get up close to the props and costumes made possible by the Daly Foundation.

Edward Joseph Daly, who was the owner of Oakland-based World Airways, and his wife June V. Daly, were lifelong philanthropists who quietly supported humanitarian causes, arts education, and social justice efforts. Less quietly, Mr. Daly is known for audaciously airlifting 57 orphans out of South Vietnam in 1975. Since his death in 1984, his family has been carrying on his legacy of giving through the Foundation that bears his name.

Some of the props and costumes featured in Elixir of Life. Photos by Serena Morelli.

Thank you to our new funders!

It’s the support of organizations like these — and individuals like you — who make it possible for us to create plays, workshops, and other events for you. Learn more about donating here.

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2019 Workshop Series

Announcing workshops in Port Costa!

In connection with our residency at the Port Costa Schoolhouse, sponsored by the Port Costa Conservation Society, Idiot String is proud to announce our 2019 Workshop Series in Port Costa. This workshop series is supported by generous funding from the Crockett Community Foundation.

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Testing the acoustics in the Schoolhouse’s main lobby

Every workshop is an all-levels creative workout, geared to accommodate folks with little to no performing experience and to challenge veteran performers. Individualized attention at each workshop will ensure that you can come as you are. We’ll work to be sure you leave inspired!

Most workshops are suitable for ages 14 to adult. Participants under 18 must have their parents’ permission. Port Costa, Crockett, and Tormey residents can attend any workshop for just $10!

Ensemble Character Creation in the Peripatetic Mode!
January 27, 2019

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Some of the Peripatetic Players, playing peripatetically

Idiot String’s resident troupe, the Peripatetic Players, are known as eccentric actor-characters who never met a stage on which they couldn’t shine. In this workshop, led by Idiot String Artistic Director Rebecca Longworth, participants will engage in acting warm-ups, games, and exercises that will build on each individual’s unique qualities to create a new fictional character.  Learn more and sign up here.

Site-Specific Creation
May 19 2019

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Sky, hills, and a teeny tiny actor near the Carquinez Overlook Loop Trail.

Participants will learn about Idiot String’s approach to creating stories and characters inspired by the performance site — in this case, the Port Costa School and the town itself — and bringing them to life in performance. Led by Idiot String’s Artistic Director, Rebecca Longworth, and Port Stories dramaturg (and Port Costa native), Soren Santos, the workshop will conclude with readings and/or mini-performances created by workshop participants. No experience is necessary; the workshop is best suited for ages 15 and up. Workshop admission is $40, or $10 for residents of Port Costa, Crockett, or Tormey.

Sign-up link coming soon!

Physical Comedy with the Peripatetic Players
June 16 2019

The Peripatetic Players also never met a situation they couldn’t turn to chaotic comic gold. Led by Idiot String Co-Founder Joan Howard, this workshop for all levels will teach you to trip, slip, fall, and bounce right back! Learn more and sign up here.

Story Adaptation
Date to be announced!

In this workshop, we’ll explore some tools for adapting stories — both old favorites and new — to the stage. Take this one with Dad! We’ll have more information and a sign-up link here shortly.

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People, props, stories and creativity in action

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Port Costa Residency

Exciting News!

At the invitation of the Port Costa Conservation Society, Idiot String is beginning an artistic residency in Port Costa. We’re thrilled to be deepening our relationship to this magical town by spending more creative time there, finding inspiration in the history and landscape, and activating spaces inside the historic Port Costa School with rehearsals, workshops and other activities. While there, we’ll be developing new plays for site-specific performances in Port Costa and for touring on our mobile stage; and will begin to offer occasional education programs — in the hopes that they’ll become regular education offerings — as early as fall 2018.

Help commission a new play

The East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation has awarded us a matching grant to fund the creation of a new play in Port Costa that will premiere in 2019. In order to receive this funding, we need to raise $4,000 from individual donors before July 15, 2018. Donate today to help us create this new play!

 

Thank you!

We’ve been visiting Port Costa with the Peripatetic Players each year since their inception in 2014, and have always been thrilled at the warm welcome we’ve received there from locals and visitors alike. The Burlington Hotel and Bull Valley Roadhouse have helped to keep us fed and housed; Wendy Addison and her magical shop, Theatre Of Dreams, is a true inspiration (and creative consultant to Elixir of Life); and the dedicated folks at the Port Costa Conservation Society have made the Port Costa School a delightful stop on each of our tours. Throughout 2017 we also developed (the entirely fictional play) Elixir Of Life with inspirations from Port Costa and the surrounding area — including bona-fide history as well as tall tales and the general feeling of what it’s like to live in a small community.

Stay tuned for more about our Port Costa projects in the works!

Meanwhile, enjoy these photos from some recent exploratory days in Port Costa…

 

 

A Port Costa sneak peek at ELIXIR

Against a backdrop of an ornately carved wooden bar decorated with barren branches, Josephine, dressed in dark lace with a locket at her neck, receives a drop of mysterious liquid from Doctor Vitae, who wears a top hat and gently holds a vial.

On September 30, we accepted the invitation of artist Bethany Carlson Mann to present excerpts from Elixir of Life at the opening of Bethany’s art show, Fairytales for Feral Children, now on exhibit at the Burlington Hotel.

Serena Morelli photographed the event — enjoy! — and don’t forget… Elixir of Life starts October 20!