The Stanford Festival of Long-Form Improv Theater
- EVT 483
- Friday and Saturday
- Oct 28—Oct 29
- 7:30 pm
Imagine on stage a full-length play created in real time by actors who are also the playwright, dramaturge, and set designer. Impossible? Come and be enchanted. Join the arts community as we introduce and 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.
The most widely known form of improvisational theater involves short, comedic sketches. Over the last two decades, however, particularly in the Bay Area, there has been an artistic movement to use the tools and techniques of improvisational work to create substantive, full-length plays on the spot. Sometimes these performances are developed within a genre: film noir, Jane Austen, even Shakespeare. An evening may be based on a playwright’s style or it may be an entire musical theater production, including song and dance numbers—all created spontaneously. The players may begin with a simple title suggested by the audience. Then, voilà! A two- or three-act play unfolds, filled with intrigue, subplots, and a resounding ending.
The Stanford Improvisors (aka SImps) is proud to introduce you to three top-tier long-form ensembles this year. Each quarter, one troupe will perform two fully improvised evenings of theater. This Fall, BATS Improv will present a fully improvised musical and a fully improvised Shakespearean-style play. Performances by The Improv Playhouse of San Francisco and 3 for All will follow in the Winter and Spring.
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 program is co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and the Stanford Improvisors.
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