L.A. Noir Unscripted: Spontaneous Comic Plays in the Style of Film Noir
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The last date listed for L.A. Noir Unscripted was Sunday June 6, 2010 / 7:00pm.
For those who love the hard-boiled fiction of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain and the gritty film noirs their stories inspired, a new batch of “theatre noirs” will be unveiled this spring. In this world-premiere format, twenty-seven never-before-seen plays will pay tribute to Noir’s tough private eyes and femme fatales. From the brutal sneer of Mickey Spillane’s Kiss Me Deadly to the cynical chivalry of Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity, Noir’s poetry and violence, desire and destiny all find new life through the unpredictable staging, improvisational wit and verbal dexterity that infuse the stories of Impro Theatre. Rogue cop, doomed lover, corrupt robber baron, sadistic killer, B-girl or chanteuse — no actor knows what role he, or she, may be asked to play when stepping out to improvise.
Using only a suggestion from the audience to kick off the show, Impro Theatre tackles the hard-hitting and sensuous world of L.A. in the 1940s and ’50s – while spontaneously creating a completely original and entertaining story each performance. Impro’s funny and gifted actors use their guts and imaginations to invent character and story on the spot.
Directed by Brian Lohmann, who directed last years critically acclaimed Tennessee Williams Unscripted, L.A. Noir Unscripted is the latest in the series of unscripted plays from Impro Theatre. This company’s ongoing exploration of great literary figures include Tennessee Williams, Dickens, Sondheim and Jane Austen and got them named as one of LA Weekly’s Top Ten Theatrical Events of 2009.
In addition to their residence at Theatre Asylum, the company has been playing to packed houses at North Coast Rep and the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale. They have been invited to return to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in June 2010, where they will improvise Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Tennessee Williams, though not all at once.
L.A. Noir Uncripted features Tracy Burns, Kari Coleman, Lisa Fredrickson, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Jo McGinley, Dan O’Connor, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears and Floyd Van Buskirk. Jim Sabo and Jason Murphy are light and sound improvisers. Costumes by Sandra Burns. Lighting design by Matt Richter. Set design by Brian Lohmann.