What Happens When You Take the Script Away From Traditional Actors And Turn Them Loose?
"It's like alchemy. You walk onstage with nothing and by the end of the scene you've created this story out of thin air in front of everyone. It's electrifying."
-Thaddaeus Edwards, Curious Accidents & Unintended Consequences
ELYSHA NICHOLS, Actor:
"I studied theater in college, and I've done a little bit of professional theater here and there, and a little bit of improv--but it wasn't this kind of improv, it was the more schticky kind of improv, where you're trying to get a laugh. I love this type of improv because it's about being real and really connecting with and being honest with your feelings, and really working off the other person. So for me, this is the absolute kind of theater I want to be doing, and I love it."
THADDAEUS EDWARDS, Actor:
"I was always intimidated by improvisation because I'm used to a lot of rehearsal, having a script, having something to fall back on, but in a certain way, also to have a mask when I walk out onstage. And improvisation just sort of takes all that away. It's so bare. So it's intimidating, but is also really exciting. It reminds me of alchemy. You walk out onstage with nothing and by the end of the scene, you've created this story out of thin air in front of everyone. It's electrifying..."
"Improv is scary as heck. It's like building a plane while you're still in the air."
-Page Purger, Curious Accidents & Unintended Consequences
BRIAN YANDLE, Actor
"You know you hear improv and you think "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" and the funny, funny stuff. This is very, very different. This group can turn on a dime and take you from comedy to drama. It's all based in truth. People laugh at things because they find the truth in them. And people react to drama because there's truth in it. There's a whole lot of both of those things with this group."
PAGE PURGER, Actor:
"I’m much more comfortable in a scripted world, where I’ve stayed for the last 15 years. So I'm learning to ignore my desire to plan ahead, to have a Plan B through Z. Having a plan in the scripted world is a good thing and it’s not something I ever considered could be an obstacle, but in this arena it’s not necessarily a good thing. You have to give up that safety net. And it's scary as hell--like building a plane in the air."
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