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July 15, 2017 Shakespeare Space Wars / Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players Returning to Port Costa

Idiot String / Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players

Media Contact: Rebecca Longworth

510.542.9009 /


Daring, destiny, or both?

Bay Area outdoor-theatre troupe pays mashed-up homage to both “Romeo and Juliet” and “Star Wars”

Saturday, July 15 @ 1pm

Port Costa School House lawn, Port Costa, CA

1 Plaza del Hambre, Port Costa - at the intersection of Canyon Lake Drive & Reservoir Street

Presented in association with the Port Costa Conservation Society

Picnic lunches available for sale from the Bull Valley Roadhouse, recently named one of the Bay Area’s best restaurants by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Admission is free; donations accepted. No reservations necessary.

Eccentric traveling thespian troupe Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players have announced a 2017 Bay Area Parks tour aboard FluxWagon, their folding mobile stage.

This summer the Peripatetic Players will remount their 2016 hit Shakespeare or Space Wars on Saturdays and Sundays July 8 - August 13.

Shakespeare or Space Wars is described by one member of the troupe, Princess Gwen, as “an homage to two classic star-crossed tales of destiny and daring.” In this high-spirited theatrical feat, the Peripatetic Players find themselves caught between the long-held dream of Samuel Peaches, their troupe’s leader, to perform his very own (and very dramatic) adaptation of the classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet; and the irrepressible vision of Thumper, their Properties Master, to fill the stage with droids, spaceships and a thrilling space adventure inspired by George Lucas’s Star Wars. The rest of the troupe is eager to put on either show -- or both -- so long as they get to perform!

Performances will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at various Bay Area parks and public spaces, including sites in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Port Costa. The Peripatetic Players’ tour is presented in association with Alameda City Recreation and Parks; the Santa Clara Public Library; Oakland Parks & Recreation; San Francisco Recreation & Parks; the Port Costa Conservation Society; and Circus Center.

Shows begin at 1pm, but early arrivals might glimpse the Peripatetic Players assembling their stage or warming up in character.

No reservations are necessary. All performances are presented free to the public, and donations are welcomed after the performance. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets or lawn chairs.

Information and performance schedule at


The Peripatetic Players present low-fi stage adaptations of popular literature that are accessible to theatregoers of all ages. With a brightly-colored and homespun aesthetic, the Peripatetic Players perform outdoors on their custom-built mobile stage, FluxWagon. They make a point of performing without amplification and use “stage tricks” involving simple mechanisms that are plain to see, like trapdoors and pulley systems. The Players made their Bay Area debut with O Best Beloved, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling stories, at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival, winning a “Best of Fringe” designation. In 2014, performances of O Best Beloved inaugurated FluxWagon and the Peripatetic Players’ annual tradition of touring Bay Area parks. The Players toured Aesop Amuck, based on the famous fables, in 2015, and premiered Shakespeare or Space Wars in 2016. More information at

The Peripatetic Players are a creation of Idiot String, a Bay Area performance collective, led by Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth, that is dedicated to creating new works of ensemble theatre. Idiot String’s mission is to create performances that are accessible to a broad audience and that inspire creativity, engagement in the physical world, and connection between people. Their work has been recognized with a Stuart Award for Excellence in Theatre, and funding from Theatre Bay Area and the San Francisco Awesome Foundation. Upcoming performances include the world premiere of a new play, Elixir of Life, performed in Bay Area public spaces October 21 - November 12, 2017. More information at



Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players present:

Shakespeare or Space Wars

An outdoor play traveling to Bay Area parks and public spaces, Saturdays and Sundays July 8 through August 13, 2017.

For more information: or 510.542.9009


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