Our community has inspired us – WE will perform tonight. 6pm in the Civil War parade ground in the Main Post of the Presidio. Spread the word like wild fire! Come out tonight and support We Players and our valiant efforts to rise above adversity and share our story, albeit in a radically modified form.
2012 was an exciting year! We received our 501(c)3 status, and produced two full-scale shows in two dramatic Bay Area locations. We Players is currently exploring myths and researching histories of the San Francisco Bay as we begin to develop a new work, in partnership with San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. And we are also pulling out our notes, starting to engage our creative team, and otherwise bubbling our cauldron for our first remount – Macbeth at Fort Point, which will be performed in September – October 2013. We have exciting staff, volunteer and intern opportunities for all projects and company operations.
We Players is proud to partner with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in the first cooperative agreement of it’s kind between an arts non-profit and a National Park Service site. This five year agreement officially began in August 2012 and will continue through 2017. Our MYTHS of the MARINER and the MUSE will continue in a variety of performance forms on the historic ships located at Hyde Street Pier, the lagoon, and the surrounding environs of Aquatic Park.
To date, projects at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park include a sailing production of The Odyssey (inspired by Homer’s ancient epic), aboard the scow schooner Alma (2011); Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, while cavorting along the pier and aboard both the full-rigged ship Balclutha and the steam-powered ferry boat Eureka (2012); and intimate sea-inspired story sharing aboard Eureka (2012).
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!
What a year.
Last winter WE announced that 2011 would be a year dedicated to organizational development. We Players is now incorporated! We have a Board of Directors; we’re working on our strategic plan; and we are awaiting the IRS’ decision for our non-profit status (we expect confirmation this winter).
You might think that’s a lot for a small arts organization (especially one mostly run on volunteer labor) to do in a year’s time. But we can’t help being inspired by the landscapes and stories of our region and our world, nor stop the flow of creativity. So… we also did much much more.
We Players fulfilled the mission of our three year residency on Alcatraz (i.e. provoking thought and stimulating conversation about justice, incarceration, isolation and redemption), with a series of four art exhibitions, a youth conference, and our culminating event – the weekend-long Alcatraz Symposium on Justice & Freedom. We created and presented a new performance in the Cell House, hosted inspirational panel discussions, presented new visual art by our collaborators, held meaningful ceremony, taught workshops at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, and presented a fabulous collection of inmate-produced visual artwork in collaboration with the William James Association.
We had a remarkably successful run of The Odyssey aboard Alma this fall. It was an honor to play on such a gorgeous vessel and a blessing to build friendships with her stellar crew.
To those of you who sailed with us on Alma or joined us on Alcatraz in 2011 – please send us your photos! We’d love to see ourselves in golden suits, rowing the air, or drapped over cell house railings! The actors request that you do not post your photos or videos on public sites. Thank you for honoring this request.
Most heartening of all, our volunteer support is stronger than ever. We have lists of superstars, willing to help with everything from registration, to hospitality, to technical design, errands, cooking, and more! And several project collaborators from recent years are stepping up and signing on to help with company operations, taking tasks off our plates and improving the strength of our company, while supportting everyone’s creativity.
We look forward to 2012 with enhanced capacity for making innovative, site specific art, in partnership with the stewards of our local park resources and this ever-expanding creative community. Our island-wide Odysseyon Angel Island in the spring and Macbeth at Fort Point next fall will bring innumerable opportunities and challenges; visit any of the pages under our support tab to get involved and play your part.
Ava & Lauren