Gregory Graham and Luciana Lagana Will Perform Improv on May 17 2013 at 7 p.m. at the L.A. Connection in Los Angeles

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On Friday May 17 2013, this husband-and-wife acting/screenwriting team will perform as part of an improv ensemble at the L.A. Connection.

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People of all ages come to the shows, and at times the audience suggestions are very peculiar or really hard to implement, but the actors typically have the power to select the suggestion that best inspires them to do a skit that is tastefully done.

The L.A. Connection is a venue where this couple performs ensemble improv regularly. It was established in the late 70s to inspire and develop talent of all ages via rehearsals and live performances.

“It is so much fun seeing all those fast creative minds at work, when I am performing as well as when I go watch a show at the L.A. Connection,” Luciana said. “Some of the performers at this comedy theater have been part of improv groups for over 30 years, and their extensive experience is evident in their seemingly effortless charm as they come up with hilarious stories and characters, all the while keeping a straight face. I love laughing, but this is not possible when you are on stage. You need to remain in character, and some of those actors make it very hard to do when you perform with them,” she added.

“Each sketch is performed in short form, which is very enjoyable for the audience. Just in case audience members do not like a suggestion and the consequent scene, they are soon presented with another scenario, which they will hopefully find funny. People of all ages come to the shows, and at times the audience suggestions are very peculiar or really hard to implement, but the actors typically have the power to select the suggestion that best inspires them to do a skit that is tastefully done,” commented Gregory.

“What is particularly funny is that at times the audience members can really see what goes on inside the actors’ minds, as the performers often struggle for one or two seconds before they adjust their behavior in order to incorporate the new suggestion into a scene. As a psychologist, I am very intrigued by this process: how does one come up with such hilarious statements so fast? And often the sentences are not even funny per se, but within the context of the skit, they are so bizarre that it is hard not to laugh,” she added. “And, if the audience starts laughing when the actor on stage is crying in character, it has an almost surreal feeling,” she concluded.

The show runs for 60 minutes. The L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre is located at 13442 Ventura Boulevard (between Greenbush & Sunnyslope), Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. For reservations call 818-710-1320 extension 2.

Written by Marcia Bell, Publicist

Luciana Lagana is a caring clinical psychologist and an established professor of psychology, sexuality, and gerontology at California State University Northridge (CSUN), where she teaches classes and mentors many students. At CSUN, she also conducts government-funded research on ethnically diverse, primarily low-income older women’s physical, psychological, social, and sexual health. Additionally, Luciana is an award-winning actress/screenwriter and has 28 IMDb credits for acting in many independent movies and TV series since 2006. Gregory Graham, her husband, is a businessman, an award-winning screenwriter, and has been an actor since 2000. He has 39 IMDb credits and has acted in many movies as well as TV series such as “CSI Miami” and “Trust Me.”

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