San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2006
The San Francisco Improv Festival 2006 is back for its third year with more incredible improvisation from some of the finest local, national and international comedy ensembles to The Bay Area!
Also Having in attendance, national improvisational instructors (Second City Los Angeles Artistic Director David Razowsky and Second City Chicago Alumni and Hothouse STC Artistic director Todd Stashwick,) The San Francisco Improv Festival is currently the longest running improv festival in the country, and one of the few improv festivals that pays its ensembles to perform!
Started in 2004 by Shaun Landry & Sam Shaw (respectively Oui Be Negroes and The Sam Shaw Show) the first festival premiered with appearances by the Annoyance Theater Chicago, Kihckercast Project New York (with local Oakland resident Topping Haggerty), and the prestigious True Fiction Magazine. The Second year saw The Upright Citizens Brigade and appearances by local favorites 3 For All and Television Appearances by the PAX TV’s World Cup Comedy!
This year the festival is showcasing more out of town ensembles as well as representation from the finest improv ensembles in the Bay Area. This year, the fest has also moved to the beautiful 210 seat Buriel Clay Theater in San Francisco!
This year festival also brings a full on Summer Improv Program for Children! “The San Francisco Improv Festival Youth Program is a Seven week program teaching youth improvisation…which culminates into a performance with all Kid Improv Theater Company Total Improv For Kids (Los Angeles)
“Three is indeed the funny number and number three is going to be seven weeks full of surprises,” says Producer Shaun Landry. “To have the kind of performers, teachers and ensembles coming to San Francisco for the first time paired with incredible Bay improv troupes is a joy to produce. We are geared to bring this festival again to the theatre going public”
Highlights of this year festival includes appearances by The Second City Los Angeles The Group, African American Improv Closing Weekend with Nation of Improv (LA) and Oui Be Negroes (San Francisco) and the return for the third year of San Francisco favorite improv ensemble True Fiction Magazine with Boston’s favorite improv ensemble “ImprovBoston”
The Entire Line-Up of the San Francisco Improv Festival Includes:
True Fiction Magazine (SF) & ImprovBoston
Opening Weekend June 15-17 8:00PM
15-Minutes (SF) & Massive Creativity (Houston TX)
June 22-24 8:00PM
Un-Scripted (SF) & JoKyR & Jesster (Salt Lake)
June 29 – July 1 8:00PM
Revolving Madness (SF) & Second City The Group (LA)
July 6-8 8:00PM
Dad’s Garage (Atlanta) & I Eat Pandas (New York)
July 13-15 8:00PM
Warth & Todd (NY) and Waiting for Ennis Cotter (Boston)
July 20-22 8:00PM
Nation of Improv (LA) & Oui Be Negroes (SF)
Closing Weekend July 27-29 8:00PM
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE Total Improv For Kids
July 29th 6:00PM
Dates: June 15 – July 29
The Buriel Clay Theater 742 Fulton Street, San Francisco.
All shows start at 8pm Doors Open at 7pm.
$20.00. $12.00 TBA/Seniors/Students/Improv Alliance Members.
$10.00 Groups over 10.
For Reservations call (415) 863-1076,
Or buy your tickets through the TBA Tix Booth in Union Square San Francisco
About the Ensembles
ImprovBoston – Boston, MA – Critically acclaimed improv Ensemble ImprovBoston brings it two person improvisational show !Ay Diego! (With Artistic Director Will Lurea and Zabeth Russell featured in the movie “Mystic River”) ImprovBoston has been claimed as “The Best Improv in Boston” in the Boston Herald http://www.improvboston.com
True Fiction Magazine San Francisco
For the third year in a row The San Francisco Improv Festival is pleased to have True Fiction Magazine return to the San Francisco Improv Festival. True Fiction Magazine, originally inspired by the over-blown passions of the 30s and 40s pulp novels, takes improvised theatre to new heights each year. Pushing the realm of storytelling, TFM takes the audience on a wild ride into unknown territory that titillates the senses and blows the mind.
"Inspired inspiration!" -San Francisco Chronicle
"Surreal inventive plots!" -LA Times
"An immensely satisfying theatrical experience!" -Daily Variety a http://www.truefictionmagazine.com
Massive Creativity – Houston Texas – Through creation of longform improvisation ensembles, and producing longform improvisation performances, Massive Creativity seeks to create unique, theatrical experiences that are powerful, funny, serious, raw, real, thought-provoking, and relentlessly. Their performances are ideal for anyone who wants to experience a unique brand of affordable live theater. They are completely improvised and unscripted, and inspired by an audience member's suggestion. Every show is different, because we take a new suggestion for every show. Be ready for the profane and the profound. http://www.massivecreativity.com
15 Minutes - San Francisco - The San Francisco Improv Festival is pleased to have 15-Minutes return to the San Francisco Improv Festival. They are a long-form improvisation group. Meaning that 15 Minutes improvises scene based on character and relationship based improvisation. Who would love this show? Anyone…as long as you are not easily offended. We do not set out to offend, but we do not edit ourselves. Our show would best be described as "R" rated. An audience favorite at last year’s festival when they appeared with The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company! http://www.15-minutes.net
JoKyR & Jesster – Salt Lake City, UT – Featuring Jesse Parent (creator of the new improvisational format the Hook. being used by improviser across the country and here in San Francisco) and Joseph Kyle Rogan, JoKyR & Jesster is Utah’s only international touring long form improv group. Producing intelligent comedy, energetic drama, and world-class improvisational theatre at venues throughout Salt Lake City these two talented men have become the Improvisational Festival favorites with their creative two person improvisational format. They are also scheduled to perform at this years Chicago Improv Festival (http://www.cif.com). This is a must see performance http://www.jokyrandjesster.com
Un-Scripted Theater Company - San Francisco – With their 2005 Season full of hit improvisational shows including “The Impossible Film Project” “The Long and Short of it”, “Let It Snow” and “Bawdy Shakespeare, Un-Scripted Theater is fast becoming the premiere San Francisco improvisational Ensemble in San Francisco! The San Francisco improv Festival is pleased to have them back highlighting the best of their 2006 Season! http://www.un-scripted.com
Revolving Madness – San Francisco - Revolving Madness is dedicated to performing not only their unique style of improvisation, but to producing their own original works as well as new and classical material that reflects on their training, personality and ideals. Long-form improvisation with no script, no structure and no suggestions — just plain madness.
Revolving Madness has played to rave reviews at The Toronto Improv Festival and will be performing its second year at the San Francisco Fringe Festival 2006. The San Francisco Improv Festival is pleased to have them! http://www.revolvingmadness.com
The Second City Los Angeles: The Group – Los Angeles, CA – Under the direction of Second City Artistic Director David Razowsky, The Group performs Second City Style improvisational theater. This group of talented improvisers brings classic improv in the traditional of the Big Daddy of improv in the country. http://secondcity.com/?id=theatres/losangeles
Dad’s Garage – Atlanta, GA – They have been making Atlanta’s life better for 11 years. Founded by an incredible talent of improvisers (including Cal Shakes own associate artistic director Sean Daniels), Dad’s Garage innovative theater located in Atlanta Georgia has received highly acclaimed reviews both in Atlanta and Nationally for its innovative style of improvisation. http://www.dadsgarage.com
I Eat Pandas: The Group - New York – I Eat Pandas does what it takes Andrew Lloyd Weber YEARS to do... crap out a musical from start to finish– Time Out Magazine Tony’s Critique Pick New York February 2006.
Based in New York, the trio creates instant, spontaneous, sparkly musicals before your very eyes complete with dancing, singing and dramatic glances. And it's all based on a simple suggestion from you, the audience! Created in 2004 as part of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's annual 3-on-3 competition; the first time performing together they took 2nd place and ended their show with a standing ovation.
Performers Glennis McMurray, Travis Ploeger and Eliza Skinner have performed all over New York and surrounding states and in 2005 they were nominated for an Emerging Comics of New York award for Best Musical Act. They have won many challenges on the UCB stage during Cage Match (http://www.cage-match.com) and were invited to perform in the Chicago and Providence Improv Festivals and New York's own Del Close Marathon. http://www.ieatpandas.com
Warth & Todd – New York, NY – Warth & Todd is the two person Ensemble of Betsy Todd and Dave Warth of New York. Known for their incredible work in New York at The Magnet Theater’s Ampers? Duo Improv show, Warth and Todd intelligent two person improv ahs been hailed in New York and witty, smart and always funny!
Waiting for Ennis Cotter- Boston, MA – Waiting for Ennis Cotter s a fully improvised show, accompanied by a live accordion player. The cast goes on a journey that begins on the night of the 20th anniversary of Ennis' departure. Soliciting suggestions from other bar patrons (the audience), Fionnula, Dedonna and the beloved pub keep Sean weave the suggestions into their banter. Throughout the course of the evening, and several improvised flashbacks, you will see what two desperate women will do for one man.
Waiting for Ennis Cotter has been performed throughout Boston, originally as part of the Immediate Theatre Collective's second Directors Series. Since their debut, they have independently brought the show to the 2004 In & Out of Towner’s festival in NYC and more recently during the spring and summer of 2005, the Providence Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon (NYC), the Toronto International Improv Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival.
Waiting for Ennis Cotter is Cathleen Carr, Kiley Fitzgerald & Tim Paul with Peter Hanlon on accordion.
Nation of Improv – Los Angeles, CA – The all African American Improv Company in Los Angeles! How the show works: Khris will take your suggestion, pass it down the court to Dave. Dave will fake the shot then bounce pass it to Marquis in a little 'pick & roll' move. As Quis backs the suggestion down into the low post, he, he...he shovels it out to Tom at the top of the key... Then, Tom cuts down the lane where he notices that Ron is open... throwing the suggestion up like an alley-oop to Ron who finishes it off with a thunder dunk that rattles the rim!
It is brother basketball improv thing that only that you don’t understand, but will when you see them.
The Nation of Improv hosts some of the most talented African American improvisational men around (including former and current members of Oui Be Negroes and The Second City Chicago) http://www.nationofimprov.com
Oui Be Negroes - San Francisco, CA – Oui Be Negroes is the Original African American Sketch Comedy/Improvisational Company in the country making its second appearance at the San Francisco Improv Festival. For over eleven years, OBN has brought it brand of social political improvisational humor to audiences around the country and internationally. The Negroes have done critically acclaimed shows since its move to San Francisco in 2000 from Chicago including Pigmeat Markham, Thanks for everything, Spike Lee, Absolute Negritude, Improvadelic and its acclaimed Sold out run at The San Francisco Fringe Festival. From New York, to Amsterdam to here in the Bay, The Negroes are sure to give you improv comedy. On the Black Hand side. http://www.ouibenegroes.com
The San Francisco Improv Festival
Improv Youth Program
The San Francisco Improv Festival is pleased to announce its seven-week program for youth and teens 10-18.
Lead by festival producer, San Francisco Improv Alliance founder and Artistic Director of OBN Shaun Landry, The Program will lead children through the many styles of improvisational theater over the seven-week series. Ms Landry, along with master class teachers from ensembles participating in the festival, will bring students the basics of acting and improvisation which will culminate into a final performance by the critically acclaimed all kids improve ensemble from Los Angeles "Total Improv For Kids’ http://www.totalimprov.com
·The Rules of Improvisation Youth will be taught basic theater and improvisational exercises of trust, acceptance, reacting, responding, listening and team building (group mind)
·Short From Improvisation Our students will learn from the best improvisational instructors the basic short form games. From Viola Spolin to Keith Johnstone and all games in-between, our students well leave our classes knowing the games currently popular in Short Form Improvisation
·Long From Improvisation Teaching Long Form Improvisation to youth is an incredible process that gives children the creativity to perform instant theater on the spot. The SFIF Youth program will teach all the current formats used in longform improvisation including The Harold, The Armando, The Hook, Deconstruction, and Free Form Long Form. A great sounding board for young actors who also wish to write.
·Musical Improvisation This incredible class gives youth the confidence to sing and sing out loud! It also gives them the chance to create their own songs as they go along! Taught by professional improvisational musical instructors this part of the SFIF Program is guaranteed to be a favorite!
·Improvisational Show Creation During the seven-week program, students will learn how to craft and create a full improvisational show using all the formats taught. This is essential for the new actor in learning how to work within a creative ensemble setting.
·Final Student Performance
Final Student Performance will occur immediately after last class from 5:00 - 7:00PM at The Buriel Clay Theater with Los Angeles all youth Improvisational Ensemble Total Improv For Kids.
Dates: Seven Weeks Saturdays June 17- 29 The Buriel Clay Theater 762 Fulton Street San Francisco. Full Registration $600.00. $300.00 TBA/ Improv Alliance Members. The Martin de Matt Scholarship Available. For full Registration Information to http://www.sfimprovfestival.com or call (415) 863-1076.