2019 Workshop Series begins Jan 27

Announcing workshops in Port Costa!

In connection with our residency at the Port Costa Schoolhouse, sponsored by the Port Costa Conservation Society, Idiot String is proud to announce our 2019 Workshop Series in Port Costa. This workshop series is supported by generous funding from the Crockett Community Foundation.

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Testing the acoustics in the Schoolhouse’s main lobby

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!

Workshop #1: January 27 2019
Ensemble Character Creation in the Peripatetic Mode!

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Some of the Peripatetic Players, playing peripatetically

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:

March: Physical Comedy

May: Creative Exploration on the Carquinez Strait

June: Stories & Adaptation

Peripatetic Rehearsal
People, props, stories and creativity in action

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Learn more about the January 27 Character Creation workshop here!

Elixir Inspirations

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:

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This is a small sampling of some of our inspirations and research… we hope you enjoy exploring them as much as we have!