Is this show suitable for all ages?
All ages are welcome, but Elixir of Life is best enjoyed by those aged 9 years and up.
These are outdoor shows, right? How do I find you?
Yes, Elixir of Life is performed outdoors, in various public spaces around the Bay Area — please see the schedule above. A schedule with street addresses and maps can be found at idiotstring.org/elixir. On the day of the show, look for the medicine wagon, or sandwich boards pointing toward the check-in table.
Is it free?
No one will be turned away for lack of funds at any of our performances! Plus, in many locations, our sponsors have made it possible for you to enjoy the performance free of charge! In other locations, we’ll ask for a donation to cover our costs — either at the show, and/or here when you reserve a spot in advance. If you’re moved to make a donation now or after the show, visit idiotstring.org/elixir to donate online.
Are there seats?
Sometimes! The action in Elixir of Life takes place around a large area, and the audience should be prepared to move around to follow the scenes of the play. Those who are able should expect to stand for most of the show. Seating will be available during certain scenes for those who need it. Please also read the next section…
What should I bring or *not* bring?
Because Elixir of Life is performed outdoors in public spaces, please bring or wear layers, and any protection from the sun, rain, or wet ground that you desire (i.e. sturdy shoes). If you are able, expect to stand for much of the performance. Limited seating is available for those who need it in certain scenes, and you may bring small folding stools for additional seating. Please do not bring large items like larger camp chairs or beach chairs. There will not be an opportunity to lay down blankets for seating because the audience will move around to watch different scenes in different locations. If light rain is expected, consider bringing a poncho rather than an umbrella to avoid poking fellow audience members. Bring your sense of adventure, mystery, and fun.
Is the performance wheelchair-accessible?
All performance locations are wheelchair-accessible, though most include grassy areas which may be wet or uneven. We are happy to provide additional accommodation for anyone with limited mobility. To make arrangements specific to your situation and the performance you are attending, please call 510.542.9009.
Are reservations necessary?
Reservations are recommended to be sure you have a spot at the show, but they are not necessary. To ensure that the entire audience can enjoy the show, we may cap the number of people at any one performance. You can reserve your spot here. While we may have to turn away people at the door because of space considerations, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Where do I redeem my reservation?
Come to the check-in area before the show. It’ll be near the archway that says “Port Promise.”
What happens if it rains?
If it’s raining lightly, the show will go on. However, in heavy rain we will need to cancel or stop the show, and we will happily transfer your reservation to another date with available space. If you’ve made an advance donation, you may request a refund, but please consider supporting the show by allowing us to retain your donation. We have to pay all the costs of the show whether or not it goes forward.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, all reservations will be handled at will-call without a printed ticket.
Where can I find out more?
If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please call 510.542.9009.