Jane Austen Unscripted: What A Treat!
Posted by Michael St John on Mar 10, 2013 - 7:20:47 AM
AMERICA!—As usual theCarrie Hamilton Theatre which is a part of the renown
Pasadena Playhouse PASADENA PLAYHOUSEis a source of wonderfultheatre, "Jane
Austen Unscripted"is a challenge for any actor who desires to test
his or her understanding of the craft of acting.
L to R: Edi Patterson, Mollie Taxe, Dan O'Connor, Tracy Burns, Brian Lohmann. Photo by Alison Inconstanti/Puck Photography.
audience, of course, is informed that the show is completely improvised. The
story is not planned and the actors have no idea which characters they will end
up portraying. The story and dialogue are different every night. A careful
study of Jane Austen’s storytelling techniques, archetypes as well as cultural
context is the preparation and then “on with the show!”
talented troupe of actors allow the audience to understand that there are
likely to be some sisters who seek romance, and men who might provide it. Oh,
some practice of the “dance” popular of the period is acknowledged.
Members of the Impro Theatre ensemble. Photo by Alison Inconstanti/Puck Photography.
of the extraordinary talented actors involved in this kind of unscripted
offering, one is immediately pulled into the story; even having a strong
attachment to the characters presented to an audience who have no idea what the
story is possibly about. And that’s the joy of it; one is glued to the stage
wondering what these gifted people will conjure up next which might push the
idea or story forward.
Impro Theatre is comprised of the following actors: Tracy Burns, Kari Coleman,
Lisa Fredrickson, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Lauren Rose Lewis, Brian
Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Jo McGinley, Dan O’Connor, Edi Patterson Paul Rogan,
Michele Spears, Floyd VanBuskirk.
and Costume Design: Sandra Burns, Lighting Design: Leigh Allen: Choreography:
Michele Spears, Poster design: Matt Buchholtz, PR: Ken Werther Publicity.
director: Dan O’Connor, Associate Artistic Director: Brian Lohmann, Dean of the
Impro Theatre School: Nick Massouh.
was a wonderful evening of creative theatre offered by some of the most
talented thespians we have in the theatre.
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