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July 10, 2018 > Shiver We Timbers! pirate adventure comes to town

Shiver We Timbers! pirate adventure comes to town

Submitted By Jonathan White

Idiot Strings fifth annual summer touring production will be a pirate-themed, participatory play entitled Shiver We Timbers! A Peripatetic Pick-Yer-Own Pirate Adventure. The touring show will be performed by Idiot Strings dedicated troupe, the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players. Shiver We Timbers! will perform on Saturdays and Sundays from July 7 ? August 12 at parks and public spaces in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Niles (Fremont), Pleasanton, and Port Costa.

Shiver We Timbers! is devised by the ensemble and directed by Idiot String Founding Producer Rebecca Longworth, with music direction by Casey Robbins. The cast includes Sam Bertken (Meekins), Paul Collins (Guy Hank), Joan Howard (Thumper), Casey Robbins (Samuel Peaches), Marlene Yarosh (Princess Gwen), and Longworth (Madame Directrix).

The Peripatetic Players are inconsolably elated to be adventuring on the high seas this summer, said Longworth. Meekins was relieved to learn that we wouldnt have to meet any real pirates, though. We're looking forward to a mash-up of pirate myths and we hope to unearth some treasure!

The creative team also includes Maya Herbsman (assistant director), Joan Howard (visual design lead and FluxWagon designer), Megan Hillard (scenic painter) and Addie McDowell (costume designer).

Shiver We Timbers! will be performed on FluxWagon, the Peripatetic Players folding mobile stage that is set up by the ensemble shortly before each show. As with previous productions, the Players will playfully interact with the audience before, during, and after their show. Based on pirate stories from history, pop culture, and myth, Shiver We Timbers! features a structure inspired by Choose Your Own Adventure books, and original songs as well as new takes on traditional sea shanties.

The adventure begins when the Players set theatrical sail on the high seas, but when they can?t decide what course to take, it?s up to the audience to weigh in. The audience is asked to ?choose their own adventure? at key points in the narrative, which will alter the story and outcome ? sometimes resulting in the epic demise of one or all Players, or the audience themselves. And like a ?Choose Your Own Adventure Book,? the story can pick up again at a different spot to keep the fun going.

?Shiver We Timbers!? is presented in association with San Francisco Recreation and Parks and Berkeley Parks and Recreation. The production is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Niles Main Street Association; Oakland Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Development; Port Costa Conservation Society; Downtown San Mateo Association; Santa Clara City Library; and the City of Pleasanton.

Idiot String was co-founded by Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth in 2013. The company?s first production, ?O Best Beloved,? featured an eccentric group of actor-characters who would become the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players. ?O Best Beloved? premiered at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival and went on to tour Bay Area parks and public spaces during the summer of 2014. Idiot String?s next productions, also starring the Peripatetic Players and touring the Bay Area, were ?Aesop Amuck? (2015) and ?Shakespeare or Space Wars? (2016 and 2017). In 2017 Idiot String premiered a new play, ?Elixir of Life? ? an ensemble-devised play based on apocryphal stories of a travelling snake-oil seller. It also toured Bay Area parks, with an immersive design that placed the audience in a fictional late-Victorian town named Port Promise.

Idiot String is sponsored by Independent Arts and Media, with support from Theatre Bay Area CA$H Creates. The company?s annual summer tours with the Peripatetic Players are made possible through individual donations made either online or in person at each show. The East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation is matching gifts made to Idiot String through July 15.

For more information or to support Idiot String and the Peripatetic Players, visit or call (510) 542-9009.

Shiver We Timbers!
Sunday, July 15
12 p.m.
Niles Town Plaza
37592 Niles Blvd, Fremont
(510) 542-9009
Free (donations accepted)

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