The Stanford Festival of Long-Form Improv Theater
- EVT 483
- Friday and Saturday
- Oct 28—Oct 29
- 7:30 pm
- Pigott Theater, Memorial Hall & Auditorium
Join the arts community as we welcome three professional improvisational theater groups during the 2016–17 academic year. Each quarter, we will present a weekend of one-of-a-kind performances enacted by some of the world’s leading improv actors. For our fall event join San Francisco’s premiere improv company, the senior players of Bay Area Theatersports (BATS) in a weekend of long form play.
Presenting two unique shows this fall:
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30PM curtain
“An Improvised Musical” directed by Rafe Chase
On Friday night, BATS Improv performs two completely improvised musicals, each inspired by your suggestions. The show begins with a blank stage with the cast coming out into the audience for key suggestions that set the genre, location and character objective; on the musician’s count, the show springs to life! The result is a thrill-ride of a musical steeped in genre and forward moving action. Dance numbers, solos, duets and all the trappings of the great American musical theater come to life for the first time. The Musical night will be directed by Rafe Chase and starring Lisa Rowland, Barbara Scott, Zoe Galvez, Jason Leal, Ken Robertson and Rafe Chase.
Saturday, October 29, 2016: 7:30PM curtain
“An Improvised Romp in the Style of Shakespeare” directed by Lisa Rowland
On Saturday night we will discover an “unknown” Shakespeare play created on the spot based on a suggestion from the audience. A completely new, feature-length story improvised in the style and language of the Bard will unfold to the surprise of everyone, including the actors. You will swear that they have found a lost play. For the Shakespeare night the players are Rafe Chase, Paul Killam, Diane Rachel, Ken Robertson, Lisa Rowland, and Rebecca Stockley.
Following each performance will be a question-and-answer session with the group, hosted by Senior Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies, Emerita, Patricia Ryan Madson.
This series is co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and Stanford Improvisors.
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