This week’s Story Challenge is the letter “M” and it means Make-believe for me today. Last night the Lioness (wife) and I attended the latest We Player’s production of Shakespeare’s 12th Night at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
“It was a typical night out in San Francisco starting with a shipwreck on the beach and ending in a fight down on the docks…”
For 3 hours we entered the World of Make Believe as the Hyde St Pier was transformed into the land of Illyria, this time set in the 1920s. It was impossible not to set flight to fantasy as the wooden-hulled ferry Eureka and the steel-hulled, square-rigged Balclutha transported us to the Barbary Coast atmosphere of this beautiful maritime park.
Ava Roy is the genius behind We Players and she activates all 5 senses when you attend a performance. Last night the cold fog rolled over us as the sun set, trapping the salt air close to the dock; waves lapped against the pilings; fog horns, police sirens and cable car bells sounded in the distance. Even our snacks tasted better, as though transported through time for our dining pleasure.
If you have not attended a We Players production you owe it to yourself to put it on your Bucket List. It is like being on movie set, you are literally part of the play as it takes place. The ensemble actors are fantastic as they seamlessly play multiple roles, always at the ready when you arrive at the next scene.
Click here to go to the We Players website and get more information on this play and upcoming events. FYI: They are going to do MacBeth at Ft. Point next year. I saw that production 4 years ago and it was the best theater experience of my life.
Note: All photos were taken with an iPhone and edited in Snapseed.