Now entering the cave of shadows…

Sutro!

Who speaks of your faded glory? You’ve just changed garments. You’ve traded your glass and steel for a flouncy full skirt of sea foam and a lush blouse of blossoming ice plant. You’ve traded your human imposed form – oh! the towering structure you once lorded over the rock wall separating you from your ancestor the ocean! – for the natural curves of eroding stone. Now you are in constant concert with the waves, your conversation with the wind yields softer edges, rounded now where once there were right angles. Only your stone footprint remains, and a lagoon of gentle waters. Our imaginations fill the well of that open space, the space you’ve left behind. We dream ourselves another world, a world of sea spirits and robust fairy tale figures. May the image of the lone fisherman plying your placid waters linger in our memories! May this memory ignite a thousand more of the story of Ondine and her Hans, which We Players left invisibly, indelibly, imprinted on the air.

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NOW – we move from the vast expanse of Sutro’s sparkling sea towards dark forests where ferocious creatures lurk and mead halls where blazing heroes recount feats of glory.

I wake this morning with a new feeling, a trembling, a quivering, an uncomfortable and yet familiar sensation…
The beginning feeling…

The feeling of standing at the edge of the abyss, horrified at the prospect of stepping directly, purposefully, into the unknowable depths.
Sending one foot and then the other into thin air and thence to discover how falling down the rabbit hole feels this time…

Horrified, and yet certain that I’ll do it.

Though some gears in my physical machinery will resist the plunge, others will overpower the fear, the impulse towards self-protection, and hurdle me forward.
Poised briefly on this thin edge before the plunge…monsters and heroes here we come!

This fall, we will escort you into cave of shadows as we search for the monsters lurking in the closet and under the bed. I hope you’ll join us as we seek the heroes and monsters that live among us.

More from that shadowy cave of dreams soon…

mwah!

Ava

Water, water, everywhere

Living on water

Join We Players and local faith and community leaders for an inter-religious, all-traditions ritual to honor the life-blood of our planet and pray for the health and happiness of our waters.

We’ll awaken our senses, explore the site, move our bodies, use our voices, and touch the waters.
Please bring a small water-tight vessel, which you will use and then take back home. We will also bring extras for those without.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 at 11am
680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco
The event is free, though RSVP is requested to help us plan final details.

Gather at the “shelf” overlooking Sutro Baths, near where the stairs down to the baths meet the trail to Point Lobos.

Ondine Tickets Are Selling Out!

Ondine Performance- May 16 2015

Twelve performances of Ondine have sold out so far!

Our audiences love the show and remaining tickets are going fast – get yours today before it’s too late!

“by far the most entertaining and amazing show I’ve ever seen”

“all the elements come together beautifully to create a breathtaking theatrical experience”

“It may well be that I have experienced a production this wonderful, but I can’t think of any.”
 ★★★★★ Charles Kruger, Theatrestorm

Get your Ondine tickets here

Ondine at Sutro – Weekend


Saturday and Sunday Performances

May 2 – June 7, 2015
4:30 – 8PM

by Jean Giraudoux, translation by Maurice Valency

Co-Directed by Carly Cioffi & Ava Roy


Ondine Tickets

NOTE: NO REFUNDS. NO EXCHANGES. Please choose your dates carefully. 

Is your desired performance date not available? This page displays ticketing for Saturday and Sunday shows only.  Visit our events calendar to choose other performance options.

See our Ondine at Sutro portfolio page for more about the play, the people, and the place.


The Top Reasons to Experience ONDINE at SUTRO

There are SO many reasons!
Here are our top FOUR…

 

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It’s a classic! You love old, magical stories as much as We do!

  • We can rely on stories that have already withstood the test of time… first written story of Ondine dates back to France in the 1300s, and the oral tale is much older
  • Ondine is born of the lineage of feminine water spirits. Her original name is “Melusine”
  • Ondine lives on today in everything from The Little Mermaid to the Starbucks logo – Melusine with her two tails!
  • The delightful 1811 novella “UNDINE” (on which Giraudoux’s play is based) was translated into many languages and could be found in libraries all over the world!
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119 years after Sutro opened, party with We Players like it’s 1896!

Gaze out over the vast Pacific. Look for otters in the lagoon and herons lurking in the marsh grasses. Explore modern ruins of the once-opulent public baths… Feel the ghosts of swimmers diving and splashing in the world’s largest saltwater baths. Once upon a time, Sutro Baths boasted seven pools, each heated to different temperatures, plus a bizarre museum of Sutro’s personal collection of taxidermy specimens and other oddities. Imagine that!

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It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN!  

Immerse yourself in a magical fairy tale. Journey through an enchanted forest! Look for whales spouting off stage! Activate your senses! Salt spray and sunlight…tapestry of coastal colors – blooming ice plants and windswept trees…breathe the fresh air, feel the sweet sea breezes, tune in to the crash of waves, the call of seabirds…delight in fin de siècle-inspired costumes, a gorgeous musical score, delicious language, and a story that will make your heart swell. Cue miraculous sunset at the end of the journey!

Join us for this thrilling and magical adventure! 

Tix, tix, tix!

Ondine’s Preview weekend is SOLD OUT!

Don’t Delay! Get your tickets today!

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late…

Experience this enchanted fairy tale fraught with naiads, knights, kings and feats of magic!

 

The Sutro District is breathtakingly beautiful! Our creative team is hard at work and play in the salt spray and on sun-kissed cliffs of our wild coastal stage. We are awakening the magic of this classic French fairy tale, as the love between our sea sprite and knight errant unfolds at Lands End.

 

Join us for this grand adventure!

Springing into Action!

Springtime Celebrations!

Join us in the great outdoors as the world turns towards warmer weather

Spring blooms

“Nature awakes; a warmth
Breathes out of her:
See how she gins to blow
Into life’s flower again!”
– Pericles

The lengthening days are much welcomed – we can rise to greet the dawn and savor golden rays in the evening before the sun passes out of sight. This season, We Players wishes you sunlit walks in your neighborhood parks, sea foam and salt spray while dancing in the sand at your closest beach, the freshest fruits of the flowering trees, community and joi-de-vivre!

We are all abuzz with our newest artistic visions! We are so excited to share unforgettable experiences, enchanting stories, sunsets and stunning views with YOU in 2015.

Visit us during our on-site rehearsal process at Sutro this month and next and experience the creative process live! We’ll be rehearsing the music, movement and scene work on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Come explore the Sutro district and keep your eyes peeled for performers hidden in plain view…

Happy Equinox!
from all of We


Spring Forth with some of the area’s most engaging art and performances!

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

We Players presents an exhibition of site-inspired works by eight bay-area artists
on display at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Maritime Museum.
A New Deal runs through June 17th.

 

Ondine at Sutro Ondine at Sutro: A heart-wrenching story of love and enchantment

Awaken to a springtime adventure where worlds collide,
love blooms, and we encounter the creatures of the sea at Lands End.
Ondine at Sutro opens with a splash on May 1st and runs through June 7th, and tickets are on sale now!

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More equinox treats:

The San Francisco International Arts Festival runs May 17 through June 7th & right now you can access Early Bird tickets (at just $12!) for performances by over 70 artists and companies from near and far.

For your springtime Shakespearean pleasure! “In the spring time, the only pretty ring time/ When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding/ Sweet lovers love the spring” (Click to enjoy the full song)

An equinox solar eclipse will be visible in Europe on Friday morning & the ESA has minisatellites positioned to observe sky & earth during the event. Wikipedia’s entry for it has great gifs showing the play of sun & shadow.

Ondine at Sutro: Performance Demonstration & Conversation

Company reading of Ondine, 2014

Ondine at Sutro: Performance Demonstration & Conversation

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


Join the creative team responsible for We Players’ newest large-scale, site-integrated production, Ondine at Sutro, for a lively evening of performance demonstrations and conversation about the creative process.

This evening at the Presidio Officer’s Club will provide a sneak peek into the upcoming project, 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 presentation will include an introduction to the history and ecology of the environs at Sutro Baths, insights into the production during the early stages of the rehearsal process, including real-time rehearsal of select scenes!

The event will feature:

· Ava Roy, production co-director and producer
· Carly Cioffi, production co-director
· Lauren Chavez, choreographer and producer
· Performers from the upcoming production

 

This event is free but registration is required due to space constraints.
 Please note that registering does not guarantee admission. Registered guests will be offered priority admission that will be honored until 15 minutes before the start of the event.

 

We at the Presidio

 

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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.

Details:
Presidio Officer’s Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-561-4400
7-8pm, Thursday January 22nd
FREE!


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
and
Performers from the upcoming production

Details:
Presidio Officer’s Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-561-4400
7-8pm, Thursday March 19th
FREE!