It’s all about the site…
In 2015, We Players had the great pleasure of collaborating with Sasha Duerr and her “Soil to Studio” class at California College of the Arts for our Ondine at Sutro. With permission from the National Park Service, and working in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, we source native coastal plants and other materials (such as charcoal from the beach and rust from old pipes of the baths) to dye the silks used for the ondines’ costumes. This year, we’re headed to a very different environment – from moist, salty sea breezes to the hot, dry and agriculturally rich wine country in Sonoma County. Once again we are partnering with Sasha and her students to source natural dyes from the environment, allowing the clothes to literally become an extension of the landscape.
Soil to Studio visited our performance site at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in late February, for sense activating exercises, a talk and walk through of the project vision, and plant identification. The students gathered walnuts, lichens, and nopal, and also used cochineal (scaled bugs that live on the nopal cactus) and iron shavings to create stunningly beautiful, rich colors.
Our costume designer Brooke Jennings is working with these colors to shape the color palette of her design. Brooke shares, “The crux of my design is deeply influenced by the performance site, its history, and how people thrived in this rich space. Harvesting the resources needed to create natural dyes from the site itself helps inform a more integrated, specific window to the world of our show and the history of the site. For me, to personally recreate the ways in which people in 1830’s California made clothing using the tools and resources from the site itself is an incredible archeological experience.”
Our work is deeply inspired by the project site. Working thoughtfully with the land in creating our designs is central to both our ethos and aesthetic. Many thanks to Sasha and her students at CCA for joining forces with We Players to create such stunning fabrics!
In our next episode…how animals native to this Northern California landscape are inspiring our mask maker Monica Lundy, and the wearable sculptures she is creating for the characters.
“Come, we burn daylight, ho!”
– Romeo & Juliet
We welcome the lengthening days…
Let us rise in the light and bask on stones in the sun!
Or however you best fill the hours with the joy of nature and creative discovery.
Thank you Gala attendees for celebrating the equinox with us,
and for helping kick off our 2016 season with your tremendous support.
We raised $50,000 for site-integrated theatre!
to all our supporters,
our inaugural award winner – Ruth Tringham,
our fabulous culinary artist – Andrea Blum,
our 35 volunteers and 22 in-kind donors.
What a joyous occasion, a fitting spring celebration of art, new life and community!
We’re soon heading into our April residency at the Montalvo Arts Center.
Stay tuned via social media for live-from-the-studio reports from our cast and creative team as we immerse ourselves in the world of the play, dig into the text, develop dances and sword fights and swoon under the stars.
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Join us at one of four stunning sites for this interactive performance and party –
an elaborate prelude to our full scale production later this summer
We wish you rambunctious adventures with your nearest and dearest,
along with quiet moments of stillness
for savoring the tiny blossoms and sweetly scented air of spring.
boundless gratitude for life and love!
Mid-March through mid-April is best time of year to visit Golden Gate Park’s Dutch Windmill and Tulip Garden. This garden was gifted to the city in 1902 by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. The cherry blossoms at the park’s Japanese Tea Garden are in full bloom as well.