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PORT STORIES: a site-specific theater adventure

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Port Costa School

1 Plaza del Hombre

Port Costa, CA 94569

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An earthquake happened last night.

Did you feel it? Odd things happen after earthquakes. Some say cracks in time open up, just like cracks in the earth. Folks can slip through the fissures, especially if they're on their way to somewhere else. Especially if they're far from home.

Port Stories is an interactive, site-specific theater adventure exploring the town of Port Costa, migration in California, and the meaning of home.

Participants (that's you!) can expect to walk about 1/2 mile during the course of the production. If that's not practical for you, please contact us so that we can make arrangements for you to enjoy the show at 510.542.9009 or idiotstring@gmail.com. We are dedicated to accomodating any accessibility needs, not only mobility concerns.

A bus link from BART is provided to performances on June 15 at 1pm and June 23 at 5pm, for an additional fee. Please be sure to choose the appropriate ticket type.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (below) for more information.

In an empty, antique schoolroom, one actor sits in a chair while another moves behind him.


What should I expect from a site-specific show?

Rather than being performed in a theater or auditorium, the scenes in Port Stories take place in rooms inside the Port Costa School, and various indoor and outdoor locations in downtown Port Costa. Most of the audience will do some walking and periodic standing to watch the scenes. If that's not practical for you, just let us know and we will arrange accomodations.

What do you mean by "interactive"?

In addition to physically following the action of the play from scene to scene, the actors in Port Stories will directly address the audience from time to time. Please consider interaction an invitation to engage fully in the play. The actors will not force you to do or say anything; you can always refuse a request. We plan to earn your friendship and trust, and will do so by clear and specific invitations.

Will my group stay together?

No two audience members will have the same experience, and at certain points in the story, groups of participants will be invited to experience the play in different ways. Your group may stay together, but we encourage you to accept invitations to split up. No one can experience every moment of the show, but everyone will experience all that's necessary to enjoy the story and the play. Both curiosity and common-sense courtesy will help you navigate this world.

Is Port Stories wheelchair accessible? What about other mobility or accessibility needs?

Yes, Port Stories is wheelchair accessible. The Port Costa School is fully ADA compliant, and outdoor scene locations are also accessible by wheelchair. Please contact us to discuss your mobility and accessibility needs -- including extra seating, guidance over rough terrain, and more -- so that we can arrange the best accomodations for you.

What ages will enjoy Port Stories?

Port Stories is best enjoyed by ages 8 and up, but no one is disallowed from attending. Younger kids will enjoy the show most if they don't mind prolonged standing and/or walking, and if they're intrigued by following dialogue to piece together stories. The nature of the production allows families whose members need a break to take one; you may miss a scene or a line of dialogue, but you are welcome to exit and re-join the play, especially if that will help minimize disruption to other participants.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Port Costa is most easily accessible by car, and parking is available on-site at the Port Costa School. Parking donations are appreciated and help cover maintenance expenses for the school building.

Bus transit from West Oakland BART Station is available at the June 15 1pm and June 23 5pm performances for an additional fee; please choose the appropriate ticket type when ordering.

Taxi or rideshare services are also an option, either from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal (7.5 miles away) or El Cerrito del Norte BART Station (16 miles away).

What should I bring to the show?

Please bring comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and a water bottle to reduce waste. While Port Costa is a dog-friendly town, we regret that dogs will not be allowed in any of the indoor spaces where scenes take place, so we advise leaving pets at home. We also advise leaving large bags at home, though they may be checked at your own risk at our Box Office.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we'll have your name at the door! There's no need to print your ticket.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?


How do I reserve a reduced-price ticket for local residents?

Residents of Port Costa, Crockett, or Tormey and faculty, staff and students of the John Swett Unified School District may purchase $5 tickets here, or reserve tickets by calling 510.542.9009. If you phone, your payment will be made at the door. In either case, please be prepared to show a piece of mail or an ID with a local address. Thank you to the Crockett Community Foundation for sponsoring our reduced-price ticket program!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call 510.542.9009
Email idiotstring@gmail.com

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Port Costa School

1 Plaza del Hombre

Port Costa, CA 94569

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

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