Idiot String has a new look! During Fall 2018, the TBD* design studio at California College of the Arts created a new identity package for us: a new logo, color palette, typefaces, and templates for business cards, letterhead, and more. We feel the new look really captures Idiot String’s playful, collaborative nature. Working with Triet and Alexis pushed us to create a new tagline — “Theater Out Of The Box” — and examine they way we present ourselves to the world.
Take a peek inside some of what’s inspired our development of Elixir of Life, playing October 20 – November 12.
Port Costa, California
Our friends at the Bull Valley Roadhouse, Burlington Hotel, and Port Costa Conservation Society generously co-sponsored three weekends of on-site devising and research in Port Costa, California. There we had the privilege to study the history of Port Costa and the surrounding area, and to talk to residents about their experiences of living in a small community amidst the larger Bay Area.
With a generous helping of poetic license, we’ve based aspects of our characters and the town of Port Promise on stories we’ve gathered in Port Costa, and hope to honor Port Costans sense of pride in their community and sense of connection to one another in the themes of our play.
Some photos from our time in Port Costa: (l-r) examples of artist Wendy Addison’s Victorian-inspired poster designs for her shop, Theatre of Dreams; two photos (both courtesy of Wendy Addison), one featuring some Port Costans around the turn of the century; the other a circus parade through town (notice the elephant!) from the early 20th century; and the Elixir workshop ensemble outside the Port Costa School.
Crockett Historical Museum
We hear that it is also called the “Hysterical Museum”… and the wealth of artifacts, photos, ephemera, and oddities is a wonder to behold. There we were inspired by the good works and mysterious rites of fraternal orders, old pharmaceutical bottles, and the sense that storytelling can take many forms. Here’s a fun article about the museum from Roadside America. And photos we took there:
Our Collection of Images
This is a small sampling of some of our inspirations and research… we hope you enjoy exploring them as much as we have!
Check out this article on the WPA’s mobile stage:
With many thanks to Nikloas for sending along this link!
Work-in-progress shot of Joan’s garden-in-a-suitcase prop for The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane opening this weekend at Bay Area Children’s Theater.
We’ve received a 2014 Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant to build FluxWagon, our mobile stage, for the summer tour of O Best Beloved. Here’s Joan’s model of FluxWagon, unfolded as the OBB stage… and below, the story of its unfolding!