2016 Press Release


 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Catherine Herdlick, Executive Director
415-745-1919 • catherine@comeoutandplaysf.org

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture Presents
COME OUT & PLAY SF FESTIVAL AND PROGRAM

Live games and immersive experiences invite Bay Area residents to explore and connect through ticketed programming, September 10–November 20, and during a free, two week community festival, September 25-October 8.

San Francisco, CA, August 11, 2016Come Out & Play SF, a forum for new types of public games and play, expands in 2016 to include ticketed interactive performances in and around the Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, September 10–November 20th, 2016. From virtual reality, generative poetry and multiplayer projections to immersive theater, room escape games and live action role playing, Come Out & Play SF Festival and Program harnesses the ingenuity of game designers, theater directors, and interactive artists to engage San Francisco’s communities in creative play and to transcend preconceptions around human interaction and public space.

In addition to the free Night Games Fest party with artist facilitated games in Gallery 308, the Chapel and throughout the park (Friday, September 30, 7-11pm), Come Out & Play SF Festival (September 24-October 8) also includes six other dates of free all ages games, headquartered at the Chapel and grouped by type: Street Games embedded in the surrounding neighborhood (Saturday, September 24, 1-5pm), Alt Sports played on park fields (Saturday, September 24, 1-5pm), Tabletop Games played indoors (Wednesday, September 28, 7-11pm), Explorations played throughout the park (Saturday, October 1, 1-5pm), Family Play played indoors, on park fields and throughout the park (Sunday, October 2, 1-5pm), and “Journey to the End of the Night” embedded in the surrounding neighborhoods (Saturday, October 8, 5-11pm). With the exception of “Journey to the End of the Night,” all festival games are free and are played on a rotational first-come, first served basis. Detailed game descriptions can be found at http://comeoutandplaysf.org.

Come Out & Play Festival originated in New York City in 2006; the San Francisco chapter began when co-founder Catherine Herdlick relocated to the Bay Area. Herdlick founded a volunteer team that has run the event annually in San Francisco since 2010.

According to Herdlick, “Come Out & Play SF is all about enabling transformative experiences through play, and we’re excited to spread that ethos across Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, a place that has beautifully evolved the role of a historic military complex in San Francisco’s public and cultural life. As game designers and immersive artists, we feel compelled to help people experiment with different roles and tackle audacious goals through playful exploration of our social and physical environment.”

FMCAC Director of External Affairs, Nick Kinsey, comments, “Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is a well-known resource and stunning setting for artists to produce site-specific work. Come Out & Play SF uses the Chapel and the entire grounds at Fort Mason to ignite adventurous ideas that connect designers, artists, tourists, Bay Area residents, and gamers of all ages, inviting them to play together and discover new things about the world around them.”

Visitors during the free Night Games Fest party, Friday, September 30, 7-11pm, will discover multiple interactive, self-facilitated and social experiences, such as the mixed reality simulation game “Bad News” by Ben Samuel and James Ryan that requires players to deliver a death notification to a small town and “Separation Anxiety” by Puzzlephant Productions, a mini room escape game for two players with access to different information that requires skillful collaboration and communication to win. Among other games, “The Adventure Society” by New York-based State of Play inserts players directly into the middle of a climatic scene in an action-adventure movie, requiring them to use their improvisational and tumbling skills to take on snakes, large falling rocks, and bottomless pits. The “Gift Shop of the Museum of Oomlau Antiquities” immerses players in a surreal alternate reality game world based on appreciating, collecting and admiring precious objects.

Free events for Come Out & Play SF Festival (September 24-October 8) feature alternative sports like “Jugger” which was inspired by the 1989 movie The Blood of Heroes as well as tabletop games like the edible “Order of the Oven Mitt” by Jenn Sandercock and role playing games like “Sign” by Thorny Games which examines the development of sign language. Also featured will be exploratory games like “Bookshelf” by Andrew Cedotal which plays out in the Maritime Research Center and “Computational Flaneur” (working title) by Mike Lazer-Walker from MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems research group which presents a generative poetry audio experience. Family-friendly creative play experiences include “Re/Play” by Austin-based storytellers Wendy Mitchell, Timothy Braun and Gricelda Silva which makes it fun and easy to write a script for a play, “Emoji Tangram” by LA-based designers John Greg Gomez and Mike Minadeo which uses tangram pieces to model emoji and “Fort Fun House” by Catherine Herdlick which is an emergent playspace for exploration and fun.

The free chase game created by Ian Kizu-Blair, Sam Lavigne and Sean Mahan and run by volunteer artists that takes thousands of players on a cinematic journey through the city at night will once again serve as the capstone event of the free festival. Details about “Journey to the End of the Night” on Saturday, October 8 are available at http://bit.ly/JourneySF2016.

Ticketed events for Come Out & Play SF Program (September 10-November 20), take place at the Chapel. These immersive experiences have been designed by some of the most accomplished artists from the Come Out & Play community. “Superhero Academy” by Wise Guy Events, winner of IndieCade’s prestigious Developers Choice Award in 2015, will provide participants with everything they need to know to leap over tall buildings, outsmart super villains and pierce force fields with a bow and arrow and will be donating a portion of event proceeds to Children’s Hospital Oakland (September 17 & 18, $35). “Ancien Regime” by Epic Immersive, featuring Rococo.Co, Rosewood Thievz, and the Aether Brigade pushes the boundaries of site-specific immersive theater and interactive storytelling, inviting participants to Navigate a world on the edge of collapse in this mash-up of 18th century Versailles and 21st century Silicon Valley (September 23-25, $30). “Secret of the Cursed Chapel” by filmmakers/immersive artists Evil Sphinx challenges players to liberate their souls from the clutches of a terrifying curse in a unique halloween-themed escape room experience (October 27-November 6, $28).

CALENDAR LISTINGS – FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS

All festival events are free to play. With the exception of “Journey to the End of the Night,” the games are played on a rotational first-come, first served basis with no advance registration needed. Visit www.comeoutandplaysf.org for detailed schedule and game details. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is served by the following MUNI lines: 28, 30, 30X, 43, 47, and 49.

Come Out & Play SF Street Games Fest

Saturday, September 24, 1-5pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Games will disperse to surrounding neighborhood.
Free admission

Come Out & Play SF Alt Sports Fest

Sunday, September 25, 1-5pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Games will be played in nearby fields.
Free admission, cash bar

Come Out & Play SF Tabletop Games Fest

Wednesday, September 28, 7-11pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Free admission, cash bar

Come Out & Play SF Night Games Fest

Friday, September 30, 7-11pm
Gallery 308 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd (at Buchanan St.), Landmark Building A
Games throughout the gallery, the park and the Chapel.
Free admission, cash bar, food by Off the Grid

Come Out & Play SF Exploration Games Fest

Saturday, October 1, 1-5pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Games will be played throughout the park.
Free admission

Come Out & Play SF Family Play Fest

Sunday, October 2, 1-5pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Games will be played in the Chapel, nearby fields and throughout the park.
Free admission

Journey to the End of the Night

Saturday, October 8, 5-11pm
Gallery 308 at FMCAC, 2 Marina Blvd (at Buchanan St.), Landmark Building A
Game will disperse to surrounding neighborhood.
Free admission. Advance registration required: http://bit.ly/JourneySF2016

CALENDAR LISTINGS – TICKETED EVENTS PROGRAM

Visit www.comeoutandplaysf.org for detailed descriptions and to purchase tickets. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is served by the following MUNI lines 28, 30, 30X, 43, 47, and 49.

Jericho: Operation Dalet by Foxhound Urban Adventures

Saturday, September 10, 6-9:30pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $25

The Amazing Volunteer Race by Gr8er Good Games

Sunday, September 11, 2-5pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $40

Superhero Academy by Wise Guy Events

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2-4:30pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $35 (a portion of event proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Oakland)

Ancien Regime by Epic Immersive featuring Rococo.Co, Rosewood Thievz, and the Aether Brigade

Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 8-10:30pm (Friday & Saturday), 6-8:30pm (Sunday)
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $30, cash bar

The Animal Kingdom by TWIST Games

Saturday, October 15, 2-5pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $35, cash bar

Secret of the Cursed Chapel by Evil Sphinx

Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, November 6, 6-10pm (Thursdays & Fridays), 1-10:30pm (Saturdays, Sundays & Halloween)
Entry times every half hour, experience lasts 1.5 hours
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $28

Hitched! by Catherine Herdlick

Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, 4-6pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $10-$25, cash bar

The Racket by Quixote Games

Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19, 8-10pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $40, cash bar

The Dance and the Dawn: Dreams of Ice and Ash by Paracelsus Games; Hosted by Thomas Lotze

Sunday, November 20, 2:30-8:30pm
The Chapel at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, enter off Bay St. at Franklin St.
Tickets: $35, cash bar

ABOUT FORT MASON CENTER FOR ARTS & CULTURE

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) is a nonprofit operating within a Historic Landmark District along the northern waterfront of the San Francisco Bay. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, FMCAC hosts an ever-evolving rotation of artistic programming for over 1.2 million annual visitors that includes theater and dance performances, art installations, as well as educational and cultural classes. As part of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s commitment to supporting San Francisco’s artistic community, FMCAC provides approximately $2.5 million in annual grants to local arts organizations. These grants allow groups to produce diverse and innovative works at the historic campus.

A pioneer in the reuse of military bases, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture has been honored by the California Preservation Foundation for its efforts preserving the historic U.S. Army San Francisco Port of Embarkation.

 
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