"Shakespeare UnScripted" begins preview performances on March 20 upstairs at Pasadena Playhouse. (Impro Theatre)
Impro Theatre has announced their newest production, “Shakespeare UnScripted,” directed by Brian Lohmann and Dan O’Connor.
“Shakespeare UnScripted” begins preview performances on Thursday, March 20 at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse) in Pasadena. Opening is set for Sunday, March 30, at 5 p.m. Performances will continue through May 4 only.
“Shakespeare UnScripted” is a completely improvised play in the style of William Shakespeare. The Impro Theatre ensemble starts with a single audience suggestion and builds improvised, full-length, never-before-seen plays inspired by Shakespeare’s poetry, colorful imagery and bawdy innuendo. Every show is totally unique and brings to life the monarchs, spirits, lovers and fools that make up Shakespeare’s world.
“Brian Lohmann and I are very excited to roll up our sleeves, dive into the world of Shakespeare’s romantic Italian comedies, and bring this brand new production to the Carrie Hamilton Theatre,” said O’Connor, Impro Theatre’s Artistic Director.
The cast is a rotating ensemble, including Lohmann, O’Connor, Kari Coleman, Lisa Fredrickson, Kelly Holden-Bashar, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Nick Massouh, Edi Patterson, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears, and Floyd Van Buskirk. The set and costumes are by Sandra Burns, the lighting design is by Leigh Allen, stage manager and lighting improviser is Michael Becker, and sound improviser is Alex Caan.
Impro Theatre is an Unscripted Repertory Company that has brought innovative, unscripted theatre to Los Angeles and the world. The company’s goal is to take core narrative and style elements of great playwrights and writers, and create a new play using no more than the essence of an author’s work and an audience suggestion. Most recently, unscripted explorations of great literary figures has included Shakespeare, Dickens, Stephen Sondheim, and Tennessee Williams.
March 20 – May 4
Tickets are $15-$30 online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, or by calling (626) 356-7529.
Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse)
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101