Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In the Middle

In a World… opens in a few weeks. I’m not in it, as I’ve mentioned. That means by the time our holiday show starts rehearsing, I will have gone about 6 months without doing improv. Fortunately, Christian has started teaching classes again, and after several weeks being thwarted, I was finally able to attend on Monday.

I had a great time. It was a small class, which made for lots of personal attention. He’s using a very interesting narrative based approach in an effort to come up with exercises that actually translate to better performance skills. I don’t really want to go too in depth, because they’re his ideas and I wouldn’t do them justice. I just want to point out that he’s not spending a lot of time dwelling on protagonist work, at least not directly.

Now, I want to point out an interesting tidbit that I took a way from class. As usual, it’s something I knew already, but enjoyed hearing so concisely put. Basically, that the protagonist has to start in the middle. By that I mean, they must have hope of moving up towards their goals, while at the same time have room to move further away from them. If the protagonist starts at the bottom with no where to go but up, you’re not going to have a very interesting story.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It's always election time

You may have noticed I haven't been blogging about the rehearsal's for Un-Scripted's next show. That's because I'm not in it. I know, I know... tragic.

In the meantime, however, voting has started in the SF Bay Guardian's annual best of the bay poll. Lots of local papers have "best of" polls, but the Guardian's was the first and as such is the most prestigious. We actually won it back in 2008. Not too shabby huh?

Here is our "official" pitch, taken from our Facebook event page:

In 2008 the Un-Scripted Theater Company was voted best theater company by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2009 ACT, the biggest theater company in San Francisco, took the title. The voting has started for 2010, and we're really going to need your help to overcome ACT's large subscriber base, not to mention every other theater company or comedy troupe pushing to take the highly competitive category of Best Theater Company.

But hey, we don't just want to win the title in name, we actively strive to create the best theater in San Francisco using improvisation as our medium. At the Un-Scripted Theater Company, we try to push the envelope of improvised theater with 2-hour improvised plays, movies, musicals, comedies, and dramas. If you've ever seen one of our shows, you know what I mean. Improv and theater is our lives, and creating amazing live productions worthy of being called the Best of the Bay has always been our goal ever since we started in 2002.

So please take a moment and vote for the Un-Scripted Theater Company as Best Theater Company located in category 3 on the ARTS & NIGHTLIFE page. And when you get to the end of the poll, please feel free to write the Un-Scripted Theater Company in as something you love in the 25 word or less write in category.