Artist-in-Residence: Fall 2014

Young makers in action.

The Explorers: A Shipwrecked Play

Announcing our newest Artist in Residence – Barry Eitel! This October and November, YOU will become co-creators of a one-of-a-kind Museum experience. Come engage in a site-specific interactive play with our fall Artist-in-Residence, Barry Eitel. 

This is no ordinary play! Every performance will be completely unique based on input from the audience. Get ready to be SHIPWRECKED and work together to find your missing shipmates. There will be costumes, props, music and more! Who can tell where our adventures will land us?

To get us started, Barry will conduct a series of 5 workshops leading up to three performances in late November. Every time a child comes to a workshop, Barry is taking note and looking to include insights and activities from the children into his final production.

All workshops and performances are open to the public and free to attend.

Workshops, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

·        Sunday, October 5: Prop Building

·        Wednesday, October 8:  Map Making

·        Saturday, October 12: Costumes

·        Wednesday, October 22:  Musical Instruments

·        Sunday, October 26: Explorers in Lookout Cove

Rehearsal Session, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

·        Sunday, November 9


·        Sunday, November 16, 8 - 9:30 a.m. (RSVP required)

Eventbrite - The Explorers: A Shipwrecked Play

·        Saturday, November 29, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

·        Sunday, November 30, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Workshop Descriptions

Sunday, October 5: Prop Building

We invite visitors to create props for exploring using cardboard tubes, circular shapes and cellophane. These props will also be a part of the performances and visitors have the option to bring them back or leave them at the Museum to be used in the play.

Wednesday, October 8: Map Making

Visitors are invited to create their own maps. They can combine, cut and draw on maps of California and maps of the Museum. There is also a larger map of the Museum that will be a prop for the performances and visitors are invited to add to this map using crayons.

Sunday, October 12: Costumes

We are inviting visitors to create costumes using paper bags, feathers and pattern paper. These costumes can be worn to the performances and will be the first activity when visitors arrive on the day of the performances.

Wednesday, October 22: Musical Instruments

Using various tin objects, rubber bands, cardboard and tape, we are providing the opportunity for visitors to create their own musical instrument. They will have the option of leaving it for the performances or taking it home with them. The left over instruments will be a part of the performances in conjunction with creating musical instruments as the last activity.

Sunday, October 26: Explorers in Lookout Cove

Visitors are invited to create their own explorer bag. We will provide crayons, cardboard clipboards, picture-finding frames and prompts for visitors to guide their exploration. We are asking visitors to bring back any of their findings or drawings. The intention is to both provide visitors with an open-ended exploration and also set the stage for the performances. 

Artist Bio

Raised in rural Michigan, Barry Eitel graduated from Loyola Chicago in 2010 with degrees in theatre and philosophy. Barry Eitel works around the world as a playwright, director, actor, and freelance writer but considers Oakland home base. He is a founding member of 6New Plays, a Bay Area playwright collective. His most recent success was the heralded theatrical production of The Speakeasy in San Francisco and has worked for a number of years producing an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for the Santa Cruz Toys for Tots holiday party among others.

Barry is thrilled to be working with the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s residency program this fall. He feels a deep connection to our mission and looks forward to inspiring creative thinking through play.

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