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The Stanford Festival of Long-Form Improv Theater: Improv Playhouse of San Francisco

EVT 511
Friday and Saturday
May 19—May 20
7:30 pm
Status: Free; advance registration is required
Advance registration is REQUIRED; event is free of charge. Ticket reservation will open at 10:00 am on Monday, May 8.

The Stanford Festival of Long-Form Improv Theater concludes its season in May by welcoming the highly acclaimed Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, which presents its signature format, The Naked Stage. The action takes place on a single set, in traditional stage-play style. The improvisers play one character each, there are no location changes, and the only builtin transitions are between the acts. All the actors have is the bare stage, simple suggestions from the audience, and each other.

The Naked Stage combines San Francisco’s tradition of narrative long-form improvisation with the demands and surprises of traditional theater. In a sense, the actors are “trapped” on stage with only each other. Without the usual exit options (lights, time and location jumps, and other scene enders), they are left to fully confront the characters and situations that they have created.

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco has performed The Naked Stage in Austin, Atlanta, and Oklahoma, as well as internationally in Beirut, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Stockholm.

The company of Tim Orr, Lisa Rowland, Regina Saisi, and Kathryn Zdan represents decades of acclaimed professional work. Remi Frazier will be on lights, music, and sound effects. Each performance will be followed by a talk with the company led by Stanford Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, Emerita, Patricia Ryan Madson.
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