The Alma flat-bottomed scow schooner

The performances aboard Alma mark the first phase of We Players’ multi-year exploration of the arc of leaving home, journeying, and returning, via Homer’s ancient epic, The Odyssey.  We Players thanks the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association for their partnership in creating this exciting event.

More about The Alma

The Alma is a flat-bottomed scow schooner built in 1891 to haul goods on and around San Francisco Bay. Alma is similar to scows that were launched and sailed on Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf Coast, the Great Lakes, inland rivers, and other coastal waters of the United States. No scow schooners save Alma are known to survive afloat in the United States. In 1988, she was designated a National Historic Landmark and is now one of the exhibits of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and is to be found moored at the park’s Hyde Street Pier. Visit San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for more information.

Alma Rehearsal

Monday rehearsal at Hyde Street Pier – in the wind, and the sun, on a boat, in the rigging, rolling on the decks, climbing ratlines, singing into the wind, rigging sails, you know – the usual rehearsal stuff!

Site: The Alma

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Alma on San Francisco Bay, ca. 1900

The Odyssey aboard Alma mark the first phase of We Players’ multi-year exploration of the arc of leaving home, journeying, and returning, via Homer’s ancient epic, The Odyssey.  We Players thanks the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association for their partnership in creating this exciting event.

More about The Alma

The Alma is a flat-bottomed scow schooner built in 1891 to haul goods on and around San Francisco Bay. Alma is similar to scows that were launched and sailed on Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf Coast, the Great Lakes, inland rivers, and other coastal waters of the United States. No scow schooners save Alma are known to survive afloat in the United States. In 1988, she was designated a National Historic Landmark and is now one of the exhibits of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and is to be found moored at the park’s Hyde Street Pier. Visit San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for more information.

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