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.
A behind-behind-the-scenes look at the inspirations for AESOP AMUCK and O BEST BELOVED…
Sam Bertken steps in to guest write and interview Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth, the producing/directing team behind “Aesop Amuck.”
A few weeks ago, I took some time after a weekend rehearsal to sit down with Rebecca Longworth and Joan Howard, the collaborative force that founded Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players, winners of the 2013 Best of SF Fringe Award for “O Best Beloved,” a devised adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Sprawled cross-legged on the mats at the Main Street Theater in the Excelsior, I got to know more about what drove them to start the company, the source of their passion for children’s theater, and why audience participation might not be something to dread.
SB: What in particular draws you to staging children’s literature, adapting them for the stage?
RL: What draws me to children’s literature… I think, because it’s imaginative and kind of magical without necessarily…
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Idiot String is now a fiscally sponsored project of Independent Arts and Media, a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to support independent, non-commercial arts and media projects that cultivate community, civic participation, cultural engagement, and free expression.
We couldn’t be prouder, especially since IAM’s “ultimate vision is to strengthen a culture of democracy by cultivating arts and media projects that engage neighbors in civic life.” Hear, hear!
Fiscal sponsorship allows us to accept tax-deductible donations, and apply for a greater number of grants.
Hello, world! It’s us, Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth. After a late night in early March, featuring edits to a Google Doc full of possible names, we’re “Idiot String.” Over a year after creating the Physical Theatre Salon and looking forward to the second iteration of our 2013 SF Fringe show, O Best Beloved… it’s about time to make this collaboration official. We look forward to surprising and delighting you with performances featuring a couple of idiots, and a lot of string (and rope, and pulleys, and hinges, and spinney things, and whirlygigs).
What’s an “idiot string,” you ask? A simple machine, of sorts. Of course.