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!
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. Then all the new characters with interact with each other, play, and create together. Finally we’ll work together to adapt a short fairy tale, and perform our “rough draft” of this original play at the end of the session. It’s a great way for anyone to experience acting and performing in a low-pressure, fun environment that’s rooted in creativity and playfulness. It’s also an opportunity for more experienced actors and performers to stretch their creative muscles in character-building, comedic performance, and ensemble connection. Learn more and sign up here.
Look for more workshop announcements soon!
Workshops will be held in early March, mid-May and mid-June. Here’s a sneak peak of upcoming workshop titles:
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.
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…
Exploring the reservoir and spillway above the Schoolhouse
Soren describing a project idea for a site-specific piece
Marlene, Joan, and other Players soaking up the landscape
Testing the acoustics in the Schoolhouse’s main lobby
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.
A sampling of posters and cards created by Wendy Addison for her Theatre of Dreams.
Vintage Port Costans in front of their shop. Photo courtesy of Wendy Addison.
The circus arriving in Port Costa, California, circa 1915. Photo courtesy of Wendy Addison.
Elixir of Life workshop cast in Port Costa, May 2017.
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:
More oddities and artifacts from the Crockett Historical Museum.
A vintage Carquinez Drug Store bottle on display at the Crockett Historical Museum.
Mementos and ephemera from fraternal orders, such as the Druids, on display at the Crockett Historical Museum.
Native Sons of the Golden West artifacts from the Crockett Historical Museum.