First Mask Making Salon

Mask making salon

Mask making salon

Mask making salon

Join We Players’ core creative team and special guests for a free presentation and hands-on mask making workshop, featuring a mask dance demonstration by very special guest artist Ernesto Sanchez.

Ever been struck by a mask on the wall? A mask animated by performance or ritual? Want to learn about how masks have been used in different cultures over time? Have you ever wanted to wear a disguise?

Listen to our artists share their research and ideas while making masks that will used in We Players’ upcoming Romeo & Juliet site-integrated performance events. Join us for fellowship, crafting, and an insider’s peek into our creative process!

A New Deal: Continuing the Legacy of Maritime Art in the Park

We Players presents

A New Deal:
Continuing the Legacy of Maritime Art in the Park

curated by Visual Arts Director Patrick GillespieBuoy

Maritime Museum
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

March 7 – June 17, 2015

Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
900 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Free and open to the public

A New Deal has been reviewed by KQED’s Matthew Harrison Tedford.

The Show and the Site

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Maritime Museum has been a site of creative endeavor and community engagement for the past 76 years. A group of artists designed and finished the interior and elements of the original bathhouse building facade as part of a joint project between the City of San Francisco and the New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939. Participating artists in the design and production of the Streamline Moderne building included Hilaire Hiler, Sargent Johnson, Richard Ayer, and Beniamino Bufano, to name just a few.

In the spirit of the Maritime Museum’s history as a site of artistic engagement, We Players has invited eight Bay Area artists to produce site-specific works that engage maritime history, ecology, and the heritage of the museum. Artists Torreya Cummings, Alicia Escott, Matt Gordon, Justin Hurty, Monica Lundy, Raphael Noz, Brandon Walls Olsen and Wafaa Yasin are all displaying works as part of this exhibit.

The museum’s history has inspired artworks that engage themes of ecology, poetry, political zeitgeist of the time, maritime technology, and a universal sense of longing to return. The WPA has had a lasting influence on the past 76 years of US history and this exhibit offers an update to the issues, interests and challenges faced by the original artisans of the museum.

The show opens with a reception event on Saturday March 7th from 12:30-3:00pm; the opening event features a new performance artwork by participating artist Raphael Noz. Raphael’s performance will begin at 1pm.
Reservations are recommended!

 Our Partnership with SF Maritime NHP

As part of We Players’ unprecedented five-year cooperative agreement with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, we are collaborating with a wide range of artists, creating work from diverse vantage points in a variety of media as an exercise in exploring the many layers of story within the site.

The extended venue of San Francisco Maritime NHP, including the Maritime Museum building, Hyde Street Pier, the historic vessels, Victorian Park, and Aquatic Park and lagoon, serves as a laboratory for We Players experiments in site-integrated programming, 2012-2017. Projects include the generation of new theatre works inspired by classical literature and Greek mythology, music concerts, dance, staged readings, visual art exhibits, conversations, parties, and workshops. In addition, San Francisco Maritime NHP will serve as a “floating classroom” for our growing aesthetic education programming, which serves youth from diverse backgrounds in neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area.

 Artist Panel Discussion

The Presidio Dialogues program is hosting a discussion with We Players, contributing artists, and other key collaborators to discuss the exhibition and project themes. Join us on May 28 at the Presidio Officer’s Club to further explore the histories and personal inspiration for the current exhibit at the Maritime Museum. This is a FREE event.

Please join We Players to celebrate and explore the legacy of the arts at the Maritime Museum and historic Aquatic Park!


A Fortnight x 2: Amusements! Magic! Music!

Say, what abridgement have you for this evening?
What masque? what music? How shall we beguile
The lazy time, if not with some delight?
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Join We Players for an unforgettable evening
of sumptuous delights and surprises!

It’s nearly time! Once a year we throw this very special party to celebrate the previous adventures we’ve shared together and to join forces in anticipation of the epic new plots we’ve got brewing. Joy will be streaming live from every corner of one of our favorite indoor spaces. Dress in your festive finery and if you’re so inspired – let the belle epoque inspire your accoutrements!

We’ve got some new tricks up our sleeves and magical creatures emerging from other eras and realms to play with us this year.

Meet The Mermaid, The Magician, and The Maestro.

Savor the exquisite delights of our luscious, richly laden tables. Acquire unique goods and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in our silent auction. Don a handsome top hat, a handmade mask or play the coquette with a lacy parasol in our costume-equipped photo booth. Your photo reel will print on the spot!

We are four weeks away from February 28th and the 2015 We Players Fundraising Gala!  

An unforgettable evening not to be missed. Reserve your seat at our table now!


 Proceeds from the gala fund ongoing company operations and help cover program costs for creating transformative site-integrated art in partnership with our local parks. If you are unable to attend our fundraising gala, you can still play a part in helping us transform public spaces into realms of participatory theatre.

Visit our Support We page and make a donation!

We at the Presidio



Join We Players at the Presidio Officer’s Club
this Thursday, January 22, for an inside view
into our unique site-integrated theatre inspirations!


Artistic director Ava Roy will share a multimedia presentation of previous work, discuss the company’s unprecedented collaboration with the National Park Service, and engage in a conversation with the audience about We Players’ artistic goals and methods.

Presidio Officer’s Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
7-8pm, Thursday January 22nd

But wait, there’s more!

Ondine reading

We Players returns to the Presidio on March 19th with a special sneak peek into our upcoming project Ondine at Sutro, which will take place on and around the ruins of the old bath house at Lands End and the beautiful Sutro Heights Park above the Cliff House. The evening will include movement, music, and scene sharing, an introduction to the history and ecology of the environs at Sutro Baths, and insights into the production during the early stages of the rehearsal process.

This event will feature:
Ava Roy, director and producer
Lauren Chavez, choreographer and producer
Charlie Gurke, composer and music director
Performers from the upcoming production

Presidio Officer’s Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
7-8pm, Thursday March 19th