We asked area theatre companies to tell us what they were most looking forward to in 2020. Their answers surprised us! Contributors: 4615 Theatre Company . American Ensemble Theater . American Shakespeare Theatre Company . Arena Stage . Avant Bard Theatre . Brave Spirits Theatre . Capital Fringe . CulturalDC . Folger Theatre . Happenstance […]
“Seasonal Disorder” is an improv grab bag of sorts. Depending on which night a person shows up, between now and December 31st, the audience can end up seeing everything from comedy to drama, from a hallucinogenic drug trial to a murder mystery set in a small town. Hope for that murder mystery. Courtesy of troupe-within-a-troupe […]
It’s a old wives’ tale that comics are at odds with the audience- the heckler at a comedy show these days is more far likely to be shouted down by the audience than by the comic. That’s because, as an audience, we want to have a good time- we’ve driven to the gig, paid for […]
Jaci Pulice is director of The October Issue, devised by The October Issue ensemble. The improv debuts September 17, 2015 at Washington Improv Theater. She has trained at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre and Washington Improv Theater. She currently performs with the WIT ensemble iMusical. She can frequently be found perusing the pages of the latest […]
There’s a certain pleasure to watching death-defying stunts, seeing frankly insane people take huge risks that put their physical well-being in danger. I often think of improv in the same way, substituting fear of heights and death for the even more crippling fear of public speaking.
After the smashing success of last year’s inaugural District Improv Festival, the District Improv Company, with help from the Washington Improv Theater, will once again host three days of long-form improv shows at night and workshops during the day, Sept. 24-28 at Source.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve; you could watch the ball drop on TV with family, you could be packed in a bar drinking champagne with strangers or you could be partying with friends, making resolutions about the year ahead. Knowing that not everyone has exciting plans and sometimes people like […]
If writing and performing a scripted comedy is tricky – and it is – imagine how difficult it is to be part of a team that must pull laugh-making material out of thin air on demand from its audience.
– For Washington Improv Theater, the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament is the biggest event of the year. With 58 teams vying for the comedy crown this year — that’s a record-setting high of 174 performers — the blackbox theatre at Source is humming with energy. DC Theatre Scene probed the minds of three performers right […]
This week’s MetroConnection is all about health and wellness – an ironic choice as host Rebecca Sheir tells us she’s suffering from a raging head cold.
Ah, the world of Improv. During the bad times, audience members squirm in their chairs like they’re back in elementary school and the teacher keeps accidentally scratching her nails against the chalkboard. But during the good times, it can be magical, and almost unbelievable that performers can come up with ideas in the moment to tell a […]
Summarizing what typically happens at the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament is like trying to write a travel article on a city after talking with a few crazy people in a back alley. Who knows what world a wandering soul speaks for, other than the terrain of their own cracked mind? And even if they’re an […]