Did you feel it? Odd things happen after earthquakes. Some say that cracks in time open up, just like the cracks in the earth. Folks can slip through the fissures, especially if they’re on their way to somewhere else. Especially if they’re far from home.
Port Stories is an interactive, site-specific performance adventure that took place throughout downtown Port Costa and at the historic Port Costa School in June, 2019.
Though fictional, Port Stories takes inspiration from the history of Port Costa and nearby communities, and themes that resonate there, including:
Migration and displacement
Reckoning with acts of nature like wildfires and earthquakes
The physical landscape of the Carquinez Strait and the hills surrounding town
The ways stories are kept, told, and passed down in families and communities
Like all of Idiot String’s productions, Port Stories engaged the audience with clear and friendly invitations to interact with the actors and action of the show.
This show has been made possible by contributions great and small from a huge number of people, including board members of the Port Costa Conservation Society, who care for this school building and invited Idiot String to be artists-in-residence; the Crockett Community Foundation, who have sponsored reduced-price tickets; The East Bay Fund for Artists; the Edward J. Daly Foundation; and countless community members, local artists, and local business owners, including…
Jeff Wilson Ridge Greene Earl Flewellen Ron McKeever Hillary Kantmann Wendy Addison Jan Mackenzie-Ely Sarah Louise Humann Patricia Austin Casey Robbins Aurora Theatre Company the shop at Bay Area Children’s Theatre …and many, many more kind souls, Port Costans, and YOU!
“Arts In Review” on KALX 90.7 FM, June 13 2019
Interview with director Rebecca Longworth, performer/creator Leigh Rondon-Davis, and co-hosts Gregory Scharpen and Stephanie Kalem:
Napa Valley Register, June 12 2019
Idiot String presents ‘Port Stories,’ interactive theater adventure in Port Costa [Link / PDF]
SF Chronicle Datebook Pick, June 9 2019
Tiny East Bay town a theatre destination – by Lily Janiak [Link / PDF]
East Bay Times Pick, June 3 2019
Discover Port Costa in new interactive theater piece – by Sam Hurwitt [Link / PDF]
NoProscenium.com, May 29 2019
Exploring the Concept of Home in the Site-Specific ‘Port Stories’ [Q&A] – by Brian Resler [Link / PDF]