Our Inaugural Annual Award goes to Ruth Tringham!

Thanks again to everyone who attended, volunteered, or provided in-kind donations to We Players 2016 Annual Gala, this past Saturday. A highlight of the evening was announcing our Annual Award, honoring a member of the community who has made a remarkable contribution towards We Players’ mission of connecting people with place through site-integrated theatre.

Deep gratitude for our inaugural Annual Award Winner, Ruth Tringham!

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From Ruth:

We Players site-integrated theatre means two things to me. Firstly, by profession I am archaeologist whose focus has always been on the life-histories of people, places, and things. This means that the old places that abound in different forms (buildings, trees, lagoons, gun emplacements) in our public spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond, of course) go through transformations both physically and in significance. We Players transforms these heritage places forever by their productions, giving them renewed meaning, bringing them back to life for the community. Unlike the preservation of historic places as frozen in time, this is prolongation of their active life, strengthened by the clashes and harmonies between the past and present.

 

I love being part of We Players’ process, watching a place transform from the first planning and early rehearsals of the production to the final performances. To participate in the production and transformative process gives me the ultimate creative high – whatever my role (production assistant, crowd control, and even as actor – though that was a bit scary), and I have done something in almost every production since The Odyssey on Angel Island in 2012. I am so appreciative of We Players practice of accepting dedicated volunteers as full members of cast and crew.

 

I realized the second significance of We Players site-integrated theatre in 2010 when I twice travelled on the ferry to Alcatraz to become totally absorbed in the performance of Hamlet. I experienced that play and all subsequent We Players productions quite differently from an interior-staged play. There is something about the multisensoriality of these performances, created by my moving with the action, the rhythms and cadences of the voices, instruments and dancers, the weather, and the light and shadows of the landscape and buildings themselves, that focus my attention and gives new meaning to the famous words. Above all, the proximity to the drama immerses you in the action and words in a way that cannot be replicated in the traditional context of theatre productions. A sideline here. I watched 50 or more We Players performances of Macbeth at Fort Point as a “guide” in 2013-2014, and I never wished I was somewhere else. The same cannot be said for some other Macbeths I have seen……..

 

I am interested in these qualities of participation, multisensoriality, and close proximity that I see are important contributors to the success of We Players’ site-integrated theatre. I think there may be a lesson there for me to echo in my CoDA life, in drawing visitors into experiencing digital heritage places.

 

More on Ruth: http://ruthtringham.com/

2014 Run of Rime of the Ancient Mariner CANCELED

Dear Patron,

We are deeply disappointed, and have had to make a very difficult decision to cancel all performances of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner on Alma. All tickets and fees will be refunded this week.

We were saving this for a surprise, but our production of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner on historic schooner Alma was built on the central image of an aerial performer as the Albatross, flying high above the deck, descending her apparatus in a painfully beautiful dance after being shot by the Mariner’s crossbow, all while sailing the San Francisco Bay.

Unfortunately, due to safety concerns related to the aerial performance that we and our partners at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park were unable to overcome, we are unable to proceed with the project at this time.

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Over the past several weeks of rehearsal we’ve made great strides in our development of the poem for performance. We have discovered rhythmic and imagistic gems while plumbing the currents of the text, we’ve written songs, we’ve stocked up on salty lingo, and are prepared to get wet. This has been valuable work, and we intend to make use of our investment. We set our sights on a new horizon and trust that we’ll find the time and the place that will best serve our vision for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

We sincerely apologize for this situation and the disappointment it may cause. We truly value you, our audience, and your support of and participation in our work. We don’t exist without you.

Thank you for your understanding and for staying the course with us.

Onward,

Ava Roy and Lauren D. Chavez

King Fool and Night Walk this Friday!

We Players invites our community to join us in a Night Walk through the Mission in advance of our final San Francisco showing of King Fool, this Friday.
(Our 9/26 event – including performance, conversation and festive closing reception, will begin at 8pm, in a private warehouse just south of Mission Bay. The address will be revealed upon placing your reservation)

One of the things that has come up in our post-performance conversations is the truth that we cannot know when we will die.

Many of us hope that we will be blessed with a full life and well cared for by those we most love as we age and approach death. In our adaptation, Lear is blessed in this way, and yet his story is still heartbreaking.

It is a far greater tragedy for young people to die from violent crime.

The faith communities in the Mission – with whom we shared our opening performance of King Fool, have been making a positive impact in their neighborhood by being present and peaceful.

Our creative team is inspired to connect the timeless themes of death and relationship with current realities and join these communities for this Friday’s Night Walk.

We welcome your participation.

More info below.

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For over a year now, several faith communities have been regularly walking some of the more violent streets of the Mission with a simple three-fold message:

  •  We care
  •  Stop the violence
  •  What do you need?

At this next Nightwalk we will also celebrate the re-emergence of an important street-intervention organization in our neighborhood. This organization, called CALLES (meaning “Streets”), has been one of the Mission’s most effective organizations reaching high-risk youth. It has been dormant for the last few years, but makes its comeback as part of our next Nightwalk.

When: Friday, September 26, 6-7:30pm

Where: Starting with a short ceremony at Instituto Familiar De La Raza (IFR) // 2919 Mission St, SF, CA 94110 and walking to Centro del Pueblo // 474 Valencia St

KING FOOL – Artist Statement

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Every one of us will die, and we will all witness the death of loved ones. We lose things; we lose friends and opportunities all our lives. How we approach loss–and death is the ultimate loss–can make the difference between fear and acceptance.

This is an Everyman Lear. In our play, Cordelia finds her father, Lear, who has wandered off to a remote place. In his disjointed state, he mostly doesn’t recognize her; he imagines all the others around him. They go through the old hurts one more time, fighting, cursing, scheming, then giving in, weeping and laughing. He is the king of his story, as we all are. His caretaker daughter is his fool and a host of other voices, but at last he recognizes her fully as she conducts him to his last breath.

This two-person, one-hour distillation of King Lear is designed to invite conversations about the meaning and experience of death. Each performance will be followed by a conversation with the artists, special guests –  including those whose life’s work involves the dying, and audience members who wish to participate.

— Ava Roy & John Hadden

Limited tickets available. For tickets to KING FOOL, We Players’ newest site-integrated production, CLICK HERE.

Al Blank: The Adventure of King Fool at Battery Wallace

The view from Battery Wallace in the Marin Headlands.

The view from Battery Wallace in the Marin Headlands.

First, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome We Players to the Marin Headlands. Having had the opportunity of working with this great group of actors during their performance of Hamlet on Alcatraz (in 2010), I can say without any hesitation, that the Marin Headlands is in for some very special and unique performances.

During the month of September, We Players will be presenting King Fool at Battery Wallace located in the Marin Headlands. The concept is unique as is the location.

Battery Wallace first constructed during the first World War and reconstructed as the United States entered World War II, stands as part of America’s determination to defend the coast of this country…in other words, to defend life!

We look at the term ‘death’. We talk about it as someone we know passes on. We see death in performances in the theatre, television and movies. We read about it in books. Death is final. What is unique in this process is that We Players is staging a story about death in a place that was created to preserve life: Battery Wallace! What makes this entire location more unique is that across the road from where this production will take place is a deactivated Nike Missile Site. This site was the epitome of attempting to stay alive when nuclear missiles were set to fire at Soviet planes during the Cold War. This history of life and death and how we deal with it is well served by having We Players perform their site-integrated production of King Fool in our park, this time at Battery Wallace.

We Players brings to all of us a new concept in art. A concept that allows us to become a part of living theatre and create a unique interpretive connection to the site in which they integrate their theatre. I am looking forward to the adventure!!

Al Blank started working for the NPS about about 13 years ago. Since then, he has worked on Alcatraz Island, at Fort Mason, Muir Woods National Monument and at the Marin Headlands. Originally from New York City, Al has spent most of his life working and traveling internationally. Al is collaborating with We Players on our site-integrated production of King Fool at Battery Wallace. 

 

Tickets are now on sale for King Fool. To purchase tickets to King Fool at Battery Wallace click here. For tickets to all other ticketed locations, click here.

We Players Grows and Bids Farewell to Valued Staff Member

Since November 2013, We Players has been fortunate to have Claire Slattery on staff in the role of Operations & Communications Manager. During this time, we launched a new website, increased multimedia presence and impact, and learned a great deal about how we will grow our organizational capacity as we continue to offer year-round site-integrated performances, events, and parties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Claire Slattery.

After working on We Players’ staff for 9 months, Claire Slattery will be leaving her post on August 31st, 2014. Claire, who first joined the We Players community as an actor in The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park, will be moving to Los Angeles this fall to further pursue her acting career. We Players wishes her all the best as she takes this next step as a performer!

In order to build upon the excellent progress the staff has made in this past year, we are hiring a new Office Manager (we will introduce her in another post soon)! As We Players continues to grow the scale and scope of our site-integrated creative programming, our Office Manager will maintain and improve baseline administrative and communication functions of the non-profit organization. This support will enable the Managing Director and Artistic Director to respond to the increasing demand for We Players’ work towards our mission of connecting people with place through site-integrated theatre.

Exciting stuff!

A Reflection: The (mis)fortunes of Lady Macbeth

Backstage one more time, hovering in my special scorpions bedchamber, in my black gown sitting on the edge of the bed listening to the waves crash and the musical pre-show banter and soon the conch will blow and we’ll be in it one more time…

goodnight lady macbeth
enjoy the ride
this time you really get to die, not to be reborn to do it again tomorrow
tonight you go to bed
get some sleepe.

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Every show leaves it’s own particular imprint on psyche and soul. With a role like Lady Macbeth, it’s imperative for me to establish a ritual, or protocol, for getting in and out of that emotional and psychological territory. Taking care to leave her at the Fort, and not to take her home with me.

The opportunity to revisit this role, particularly in such short order and alongside my closest artistic collaborator, allowed me to access a much deeper, more nuanced and specific expression in our 2014 production. The aftermath of cleansing my body of her presence is both immediate and slow. Initially, the surge of catching up with everything that’s been languishing on the back burner distracts. But there are the more subtle layers to deal with. I crave fat for weeks. Milk, cream, butter, oil – bring it! I want coconut and olive oil everywhere, on everything – on my skin, in my hair and lots in my food. Replenishing. I eat like a lumberjack for a few days.

There is an extreme physical toll in working in an environment as exposing and raw as Fort Point – with severe winds, piercing cold and penetrating dampness. And there was the series of small accidents… The shocking impact of a dagger hilt to the cheekbone mid tech rehearsal. Keep on working, now with an ice pack strapped to my face. My comrades offer their blood and flesh and bone to the work as well. Carmen, one of the nefarious murderers, gave herself a deep bruise literally the size of her hand…from smashing the baby’s head too damn hard in the Macduff family scene one night.

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(By the way, the baby’s head was a rutabaga. We have experimented with a variety of vegetables seeking the optimal head cracking sound. Onions have a nice thud and squish, but they stink like…well onions. Undeniably and unavoidably so. Acorn squash and butternut squash are nice, but none of the squash family come close to the horrible satisfaction of the rutabaga. Rutabaga, I don’t know who eats you. But you are a wonderful prop for stage violence.)

Then of course, the adventure of John, our Macbeth, losing his front tooth, mid-performance. This not only required his commitment to staying totally in the flow, despite the obvious shock and dismay, but in addition, a more refined attention to pronunciation – for obvious reasons. On the – ahem – second episode of flying teeth, the piercing gaze of our Maria, the attentive little witch that she is, tracked the flight of Macbeth’s tooth from her perch in the window above, scurried down into the audience, and found it.

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These misfortunes seem to pile up into a great mountain when I begin enumerating…
But they can’t touch the quiet joys of moments alone in the fortress, under the full moon, or under the sunset soaked sky. The precious moments when a perfect shaft of light streams in through a thin window in a casemate otherwise submerged in perpetual darkness. The glory of private views onto the slice of solitary beach just below the fort to the west, a strip of sand untouched by human footprints. The practical and pleasurable act of steadying myself as Lady Macbeth after the torment that is the banquet scene, with a few moments in the thick shadows of a tucked away arch that is covered in sand for some reason (did it blow in through the window? why is it here on the third floor?). I press my hands into the sand canvas and remind myself I have a body.

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Lady Macbeth is unraveling from the beginning, the madness doesn’t come suddenly, it’s there all along. Like a hard boiled egg that’s been cracked, but not yet peeled. The shell just holding together, despite it’s apparent wholeness. The confining leather corset and tight waisted skirts, the making of her face, the need for some physical contact with the fort walls at all times…all efforts to keep. it. together. A sense of vertigo rushes in when Lady Macbeth loses contact with the brick and veers into open space. From there she tumbles headlong into the “out damn spot” sequence. A fragile object hurtling through space, fatal impact inevitable…

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After one performance, I asked a friend her impressions of the egg drop at the onset of the play. This particular audience member does not identify as a theatregoer or even as much of an art enthusiast (and is certainly not an active Shakespeare fan). I find her responses entirely authentic, not glossed with a desire to please. Among other pleasing things she describes about that cold windy night at the Fort with We Players…
“The egg drop? Oh, I don’t know what it was supposed to mean. But I guess it seemed like…”
a pause
“…an exclamation point and a question mark.”

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I’d like all beginnings and endings to come close to this…

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–Ava Roy
Founding Artistic Director, We Players

Encountering the Trio

Saturday July 26, 2014
at THREE o’clock
on the beach at Aquatic Park
(directly in front of the Maritime Museum building)
FREE!

You’re invited! To the first public sharing of The Trio’s practice. The women who wielded elemental powers as the Weyard Sisters in We Players recent Macbeth at Fort Point, continue their exploration of other mythical trios. Join us for a picnic on the beach at Aquatic Park and encounter The Trio between the sand and the sea.

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WHERE: Find the Maritime Museum building. Find the clock on the museum facade. Face the water. The Trio is somewhere on the the beach. Meet at the red We Players flag in the sand. They’ll come to you when it’s time.

The Maritime Museum is located at the far end of Beach Street, next to Ghiradelli Square in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood of San Francisco.

WHEN: 3-5pm, Saturday July 26, 2014

WHAT TO BRING/HOW TO PREPARE:
This event is free! But please do:
– Bring a picnic! We’ll have some snacks to share, please bring your own as well.
– Bring a beach towel or blanket, sunscreen and warm layers.
– Prepare to kick your shoes off! This party is in a sandbox.

WHAT ELSE:
The sharing will be immediately followed by a conversation with The Trio. We are eagerly seeking your experience! Your responses will directly inform the next iteration of our work.

Soy Tu Mar (I Am Your Sea)

Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea

I have played all sorts of concerts in all kinds of venues but “Canciones del Mar; Songs of the Sea” (curated by Charlie Gurke from We Players) is a very unique and fun concert because our performance will happen aboard a beautiful historic ship, the Balclutha, in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

For an hour and a half Jose Roberto Hernandez (guitar, vocals), Charlie Gurke (saxophone), David Pinto (bass) and Edgardo Cambón (percussion, vocals) and I will take you to a world of sea and love with stories and song.

I’m particularly excited about this year’s performance as I will be sharing one of my original songs, “Soy Tu Mar” (I Am Your Sea), a song that speaks about the sea, or better said, the sea speaks about itself, about its memories, about its joys and fear…through me.

I am very honored to be playing with such broad and talented musicians. We all come from different musical backgrounds so I will be playing and singing songs that, at times, may take me out of my comfort zone which I find to be very exciting as playing and singing styles of music different from mine takes my musicianship to another level. Really looking forward to this beautiful collaboration!

— Diana Gameros, Vocals & Guitar
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Meet the Musicians of Canciones del Mar

Read below to learn about the incredibly talented ensemble of musicians who will present
Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea
on Saturday, July 19th at 6pm aboard the tall ship, Balclutha.

 

I think of the musicians of Canciones as an all-star ensemble, but when putting this group together, I wasn’t looking for the flashy, virtuoso kind of ‘all-star’. Each member of this ensemble is a virtuoso musician and composer in their own right, but I chose each one more for their interpretive sensitivity than their ‘chops’. I wanted to be sure that the themes we’re expressing, the variety of metaphor that the sea provokes, would be artfully expressed.

I’ve had the pleasure of performing with Edgardo Cambon’s large and small ensembles, Candela and Latido, for the past several years. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Edgardo is a master percussionist and vocalist with a breadth of knowledge and experience performing the music of Latin America, from Argentinian tango to the salsa of El Barrio. Edgardo is especially fluent in the popular and folkloric music of Cuba, and opens each Canciones performance with a chant to Yemaya, the Afro-Cuban deity of the sea.

Originally from Juarez, Mexico, Diana Gameros is known to most of her fans for her original songs of ‘love, longing, and hope’, performed in a diverse style that blends elements of latin music with rock, world music, and jazz. I knew Diana would be a perfect fit for the Canciones ensemble when I heard her perform solo, playing very original and personal arrangements of classic boleros and rancheros from the latin american tradition.

I came to know Jose Roberto Hernandez when we spent the better part of a year bringing the music of Latin America to elementary school kids across San Francisco through a program with the SF Symphony. Jose Roberto is not only a master guitarist and vocalist with a wealth of knowledge of the bolero and nueva trova traditions, but is also skilled in folk instruments from around Latin America, including his native Tabasco, Mexico.

David Pinto is one of the many musical treasures we are lucky to have here in the Bay Area. A native of Peru, David is best known for his work as music director, arranger, and bassist for Susana Baca. In addition to his particular expertise in Afro-Peruvian music, David performs with the bay’s best salsa, folkloric, and latin jazz ensembles.

— Charlie Gurke
We Players Music Director

For more information and tickets to Canciones del MarCLICK HERE.

Vessels for Improvisation

Vessels for Improvisation

Our site-integrated concerts explore the themes embedded in or suggested by a site and investigate the sonic properties of a space. Following the success of Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea in spring 2013, Music Director Charlie Gurke curates an  evening  of  live music and dance improvisation aboard historic ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier on November 2, 2013.  Featuring ROVA Saxophone Quartet and special guest Shinichi Iova-Koga from inkBoat.

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The ROVA Saxophone Quartet has been exploring the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation for over 35 years, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.  The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls ROVA’s music “a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds” created by “deliberately eschewing conventional notions about swing [and] prodding at the boundaries of sound and space…”

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For Vessels for Improvisation, ROVA will be joined by dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga (pictured above), founder of SF based performance company inkBoat.

“Shinichi Iova-Koga’s work is grotesque, beautiful, and funny. As a dancer he is never less than mesmerizing — ephemeral like smoke, limpid like a vernal pool. He has developed a personal form of mixed-media dance theater that integrates contradictory impulses — the ancient and the technological, the chaotic and the formal, nature and nurture. He might be called a dancer at the edge.”  ~RITA FELCIANO

Join We Players and these renowned artists for an
unforgettable evening at Hyde Street Pier!

Travels with A Masked Man

 

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Written and performed by John Hadden
ONE NIGHT ONLY – Friday, October 12 @ 8pm
Location – Passenger Deck of the Eureka
This event is by-invitation only. If you would like to be our guest, please Email Us

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father—an ex-CIA officer who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Hadden, who plays both characters, evolved the play from many hours of conversations he taped with his father eight years ago. Alternately poignant and hilarious, the play evokes memories and responses about parents and children and growing up during the Cold War.

John Hadden is a longtime director and actor. He was a founding member of Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA and is currently the Artistic Director of The Theater Company at Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, NY.

Following the one-hour performance, desserts and tea accompany a discussion conducted by We Players’s managing director Lauren Chavez, with artistic director Ava Roy and John Hadden.

Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea

Three of the Bay Area’s most exciting vocalists perform an intimate concert, singing songs about the sea, boats, love, and life, drawn from the folkloric and popular music traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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Details:
We Players presents Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea
Aboard the tall ship Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier
Curated by Music Director Charlie Gurke

SATURDAY JULY 13, 2013

Gate opens at 5:30pm 
Concert 6-7:30pm 
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Featuring:
Diana Gameros – Vocals and Guitar
Jose Roberto Hernandez – Vocals and Guitar
Edgardo Cambon – Vocals and Percussion
Sam Bevan – Bass
Charlie Gurke – Saxophone

ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Herman’s House Screening on Alcatraz

Join We Players to view and discuss this new documentary film about the relationship between a prisoner and an artist, and the dream home of a man who has spent 40 years in solitary.

Sunday, May 19 – Alcatraz Island, 5:30-10pm

Screening, panel discussion with director Angad Singh Bhalla (a past player with WE!) and other special guests, walking tour, and viewing of a current art exhibit in the New Industries Building.

For more information on the film, visit http://hermanshousethefilm.com/

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR RESERVATION

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Sea Stories Circle – Myths of the Mariner and the Muse

Hyde Street Pier, aboard historic ferryboat Eureka 

Sundays, 2-4pm: April 14, May 19, June 16th * 2013 

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Join We Players for one or all of these reading events, which will be a crucial part in our process of collecting and sharing stories about the sea as we gradually develop a new show for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Bring stories, poems, songs, or just come willing to read from the selections that we bring.

These are free events and complimentary beverages and cookies will be provided.

Travels with a Masked Man

Written and performed by John Hadden
ONE NIGHT ONLY – Friday, October 12 @ 8pm 
Location TBA
This event is by-invitation only. If you would like to be our guest, please EMAIL US

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Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father—an ex-CIA officer who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Hadden, who plays both characters, evolved the play from many hours of conversations he taped with his father eight years ago. Alternately poignant and hilarious, the play evokes memories and responses about parents and children and growing up during the Cold War.

John Hadden is a longtime director and actor. He was a founding member of Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA and is currently the Artistic Director of The Theater Company at Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, NY.

Following the one-hour performance, desserts and tea accompany a discussion conducted by We Players’s managing director Lauren Chavez, with artistic director Ava Roy and John Hadden.

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John Hadden

Wednesday September 19, 7:30-10pm: Interactive demonstration with John Hadden and We Players company members

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1661 15th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Enter on gate at Julian, corner of 15th

Join us for a lively evening of monologue exploration ($20 suggested donation, including complimentary refreshments)

Thursday September 20: Intensive individual work

1-4pm Maritime Museum Building, 900 Beach Street, @ Polk, 1st floor conference room
6:30-9:30pm Passenger deck of Eureka ferryboat at Hyde Street Pier

The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park – SOLD OUT

We are honored that tickets have gone so quickly, and we are sorry for all the folks who want to see this production and cannot.

Please join our mailing list for advance notice when ticket sales open for future shows, and remember to buy your tickets early.

If folks want to comment on this thread and link up with one another, we hope folks with conflicts will be able to pass off their tickets to others who want to join the adventure.

best of luck to all!
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Prepare – The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park

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Information to equip you for your journey on Angel Island… 

BOOK TICKETS FOR THE GREAT ADVENTURE NOW!

Want to join this great adventure?  Volunteer.

Can’t afford tickets? You may request pay-what-you-can tickets for select performances.  Click here.

PROVISIONS

Please plan to bring or wear the following on your voyage:
* sun hat/ protective clothing/ sun screen/ sunglasses
* comfortable walking shoes
* layers for changing weather conditions
* a water bottle
* lunch (OR choose not to purchase a wrap from The Cove Cafe, see below)
* a pen or pencil
* a comfortable backpack or shoulder bag to hold all of the above

Although there are opportunities to partake of food and drink throughout the performance, we recommend that everyone bring a bag lunch, or purchase a sandwich from The Cove Cafe.  There is no scheduled lunch break; please bring food that you can easily access and eat during the performance. 

GET YOUR PROVISIONS HERE!

At the provisions link above, you may also purchase a limited edition We Players program, or t-shirt or tote bag with the season compass rose logo.

REGISTRATION

Registration details depend on your travel plans.  Please read below for the details appropriate to your city of departure.

General Admission

If you purchased a performance ticket without ferry passage, please be sure to visit our registration tables near the ferry landing in Ayala Cove before 10:20am.

**Guests traveling from Oakland/ Alameda – we were unable to make special arrangements for the Oakland/ Alameda – Angel Island ferry due to schedules (the boat departs the island before our performance ends!). However, you may purchase a general admission ticket to the show here, and purchase your own Oakland/ Alameda – Angel Island ferry ticket from Blue & Gold Fleet on the day of the show.  The ferry stops in San Francisco, and you’ll arrive and depart Angel Island with our other San Francisco guests.  Once you get to Pier 41 or the Ferry Building, you’ll need to transfer to an Oakland-Alameda ferry.  Your round trip ticket is good to get you home on any of the remaining boats that evening.

San Francisco

San Francisco registration for The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park is at Bay Crossings in the the San Francisco Ferry Building.

The Ferry Building is located on San Francisco’s eastern waterfront, where Market Street meets The Embarcadero.

Click here for public transit routes and options.

Bay Crossings is located in Marketplace Shop #22, on the west side of the market hall, just south of the main/ center doors of the ferry building.

Look for The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park sign in chalk, and a We Players staff member in a beige t-shirt with a blue compass rose logo on the chest.

Tickets will be available for pickup starting at 8:20am.

YOU MUST CHECK IN BEFORE 9:10AM.

The Blue & Gold Fleet ferry departs at 9:20am. 

ALL RESERVATIONS ARE WILL CALL.  No need to print your confirmation email.

When you check in, We Players staff will give you a sticker (your pass to access all aspects of the performance; please place prominently) and paper ferry tickets (give one to the ferry staff when you board en route to Angel Island, and the other when you off board back in San Francisco).

If you purchased provisions, placed a reservation for mobility assistance, have any questions, or would like to purchase a limited edition program, t-shirt, or tote bag, please proceed to on-island registration upon arrival to Ayala Cove.

After the performance, you will catch the 4:30pm Blue & Gold Fleet ferry from Ayala Cove.  You may disembark at either Pier 41 (5:30pm arrival) or the Ferry Building (6:00pm arrival).

Tiburon

Tiburon registration is at the Tiburon ferry landing.

The Tiburon Ferry landing is located behind 21 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920.

Marin Transit Bus 19 serves Tiburon on a regular morning and afternoon schedule on weekends.

Parking in Tiburon is limited and expensive.  We recommend the lots behind the Bank of America (enter from Beach St., just north of Tiburon Blvd) or Chase Bank (enter from Tiburon Blvd., west of Beach St.), both of which cost $5/day.

Look for a large red We Players flag, and our staff in a beige t-shirt with blue compass rose logo on the chest, standing near a large sandwich board with The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park sign.  

You may check in at the Tiburon ferry landing starting at 9:15am.

YOU MUST RETURN TO WE PLAYERS CHECK IN AREA AT 9:50AM.

The Angel Island – Tiburon Ferry departs at 10:00am.  

ALL RESERVATIONS ARE WILL CALL.  No need to print your confirmation email.

When you initially check in, We Players staff will give you a sticker (your ticket for ferry passage to Angel Island, and access to all aspects of the performance; please place prominently on your left chest).  When you return to the check in area prior to boarding, you will hear important announcements and receive paper tickets for your return ferry passage (you will give this ticket to Angel Island-Tiburon ferry staff when you board in Ayala Cove for your return trip to the mainland).

After the performance, you may catch either the 4:20pm or the 5:20pm Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry from Ayala Cove to Tiburon (4:40 / 5:40pm arrival).

If you purchased provisions, placed a reservation for mobility assistance, have any questions, or would like to purchase a limited edition program, t-shirt, or tote bag, please proceed to on-island registration upon arrival to Ayala Cove.

SHARING YOUR JOURNEY

We encourage you to engage with The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park using all your senses, interacting with our performers as invited, and interacting with one another.

For those of you who use digital tools – please feel free to photograph, Tweet, Facebook, and Yelp us.  We ask that you avoid posting video of the performers, and credit them and We Players if you post photographs online.

You can engage with We Players now and throughout the year by visiting www.weplayers.com, joining our mailing list, “liking” us on Facebook, or following @weplayers on Twitter.

We’re particularly interested in your own stories of journeying, war, heroes, and homecoming! Visit our website or use the hashtag #AngelOdyssey on Twitter to join The Odyssey on Angel Island conversation!

OTHER QUESTIONS?

We Players performs in all weather unless there is a safety concern.  If there is any chance of inclement weather please dress accordingly, so you may remain comfortable while wandering outdoors for most of the day.  In the off chance that there is a cancellation, we will leave a message stating so on the voicemail greeting at 415-547-0189.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us at reservations@weplayers.org or 415-547-0189.

 

 

Join us for Images from the Inside opening event!

We Players is proud to announce our final exhibit in the 2011 Alcatraz series, Images from the Inside, which is the most comprehensive gathering of inmate-produced visual artwork in the Bay Area in 30 years.

August 27th “Images from the Inside”Opening Event 1-4pm on Alcatraz

Meet at Pier 33 by 12:50 to claim your place.

This event is free. Reservations are required. Suggested donation, $20-30.

Click here for reservations.

We Players presents: The Odyssey on the Alma

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This fall, We Players presents a limited engagement of The Odyssey while underway aboard a National Historic Landmark sailing vessel. Join We Players and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on an afternoon sail through the San Francisco Bay on the 1891 scow schooner Alma, as we spin yarns from Homer’s ancient epic, The Odyssey.

“Set aboard a historic schooner and staged as the craft sails the San Francisco Bay, We Players’ new adaptation of The Odyssey exemplifies how, in theater, the marriage of text with place can reinvigorate both.” SF WEEKLY

We Players is excited to introduce new ways of experiencing and appreciating the waters of our local landscape, in partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Join us this fall, for one of only eleven performances of The Odyssey on Alma. Less than forty seats are available for each performance. Every performance sail will be followed by a post-show discussion over a simple meal aboard historic ferryboat Eureka. The Odyssey on Alma is the first phase of We Players multi-year exploration of Homer’s epic poem; the company is presently developing an island-wide production for Angel Island, which will be presented in spring 2012.

The Details:

WHAT: We Players’ The Odyssey on historic scow schooner Alma
WHERE: Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
DATES: Fall 2011

Friday, October 28
Saturday, October 29
Friday, November 4
Saturday, November 5
Friday, November 11
Saturday, November 12
Friday, November 18

TIME: Full afternoon adventure! 12:30-5pm
12:30pm – Audience members should arrive to Hyde Street Pier
12:45pm – Board Alma
1-4pm – Sailing performance!
4-5pm – Post show discussion and simple meal on the National Historic Landmark: ferryboat Eureka

Youth Perspectives

Spring 2011
Developed at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center
To be presented on Alcatraz Island
Facilitated by Lauren D. Chavez

Our Alcatraz project themes of incarceration, isolation, justice and redemption are central to the lives of all who have been affected by the justice system. Who more so than our youth? Using awareness exercises, theater exercises, text exploration, writing exercises, forgiveness and grief rituals, we will listen, foster creativity, and support the JJC youth in sharing their stories and perspectives on the Alcatraz themes. Material from these programs will be presented in our summer gallery on Alcatraz, and youth participants will be our special guests on Alcatraz.

The Great Feast of March Fourth

Join We Players as we MARCH FORTH

into a new decade of site-specific performance adventures!We Players annual Dinner Theater Fundraiser
Friday, March 4th, 2011Let us tantalize your taste buds with five courses of delicious local fare, while you enjoy performance sequences, live jazz, an open bar, a silent auction, and the unveiling of exciting performance plans for 2011 and beyond.Garden opens at 6:45; doors open at 7; dinner at 7:30.

Join WE on Alcatraz this Saturday

The National Park Service and We Players present:

The National Park Service and We Players are beginning the third year and final phase of our monumental collaboration on Alcatraz Island. This groundbreaking partnership has utilized site-specific performing arts programming to provoke critical thought and stimulate conversation on the themes of incarceration, isolation, justice and redemption. In addition to engaging the visiting public through site-specific rehearsals and performances, We Players and the National Park Service are creating lasting and transferable tools that use performance elements to augment Alcatraz interpretive themes as presented by the Rangers.

On Saturday, January 29th, We Players and the National Park Service will present live music, a presentation titled “ Proliferation” that includes screenings, and talks by the artist, Paul Rucker, in a gallery space inside the Alcatraz Cell House. Please join us to continue this conversation, inspired by the history and present life of Alcatraz.

PROLIFERATION

In May of 2009, Paul was honored to be part of a Prison Issues residency at the Blue Mountain Center, a working community of writers, artists, activists and musicians in the heart of the Adirondacks. Amazing artists and activists from around the world provided over two weeks of inspiration, knowledge, and camaraderie.

While doing individual research, he happened upon some maps created by GIS and CAD consultant Rose Heyer that showed the growth of the US Prison system. With that information, he was inspired to create Proliferation, an animated mapping of the US Prison system set to original music.

If you would like to receive a free copy of the Proliferation DVD, email your name and address to paulrucker@gmail.com. You may also view Proliferation on YouTube and copies will be available on Alcatraz.

Rucker is an interdisciplinary artist (cellist-bassist-composer-visual artist-creator of interactive sound/video installations) who has released two critically acclaimed CDs of his compositions. He composes new music presented in a way that allows the viewer-listener the opportunity to interact with the work (participants can trigger sounds with the wave of a hand, touch of a finger, or press of a button). Ruckers’ s pieces have been on display at high-profile galleries and conventions, and he has received numerous grants and has been awarded residencies to several prestigious arts centers worldwide. As a musician and director, Rucker plays in various situations from solo cellist to leading his large ensemble of twenty-two musicians.

Visit www.paulrucker.com for more information.

Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 1pm
Guided walk with We Players and Artists talk with Paul Rucker

Meet at 1pm at Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing
Ferry departs at 1:20pm
Return to Pier 33 at 4:40pm

Reservations required; no charge; ferry passage included with reservation. For more information, please visit We Players’.  http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/website/pprog-upcoming-events.aspx