Shakespeare UnScripted: Improvised Plays in the Style of the Bard
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- “<em>Shakespeare Unscripted</em> is a superlative example of what theatrical improv should be.” --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.improvreview.com/">improvreview.com</a>
- "Dan O’Connor’s troupe finds just the right blend of parody and homage in their witty, erudite entertainments." --<em>LA Weekly</em> ("Best Theater of 2009")
Feb 12 at 10:30pm: Special All Star Show with guest performers Patrick Bristow (Groundlings), Paul Dooley (Breaking Away), David Razowsky (Second City) and Mike McShane (Whose Line is it Anyway? UK)
For those who yearn for more than just the 16 comedies William Shakespeare wrote (17, if counting “Two Noble Kinsmen”), the wait is over … so to speak.
Impro Theatre proudly presents all-new, improvised plays in the spirit of the Bard. Using only their guts, wits and a few suggestions from the audience to kick off the show, Impro Theatre attempts to “ascend the brightest heaven of invention” and create a completely original and entertaining story for each performance.
Monarchs, spirits, warriors, lovers, fools or clowns — no one knows what role he, or she, may be asked to play when stepping out to improvise. Originally directed by Brian Lohmann and Dan O’Connor — both of whom will again direct — at the Globe Playhouse in Los Angeles, Shakespeare UnScripted has received standing ovations in Chicago, Austin, New York City and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Cast members were also part of the critically acclaimed Unexpected Shaxpeare, a main stage show at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in 2006.
Heightened language sizzling with poetry and imagery, robust physicality, improvisational wit and verbal dexterity are brought together to bring character and plot to life — all to pay tribute to the genius of Shakespeare by an expert team of funny and gifted actors, whose explorations of great literary figures include Tennessee Williams, Dickens, Sondheim and Jane Austen.
Shakespeare UnScripted features Tracy Burns, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Jo McGinley, Dan O’Connor, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears and Floyd Van Buskirk. Jim Sabo and Ruben Vernier are light and sound improvisers.