Magnet Theater Blog
Due to MTA shutdowns, ALL shows are cancelled at The Magnet Theater Sunday, October 28th. Classes starting at or after 3pm are cancelled as well. Stay tuned to The Magnet blog, Facebook page and twitter for other possible cancellations early in the week.
We are now accepting applications for The Circuit! How does The Circuit work? Glad you asked, every Friday night at 10pm, three Circuit teams perform the Harold at the Magnet Studio Theater. Teams exist for three months – enough time to perform a good amount of shows before the next round of Circuit teams replace the current ones. Circuit Teams are made up of Magnet Theater students who’ve completed up to Level 3, graduates of our Training program and veteran performers. We believe that in order to get better at improv, you need to do it.
The Deadline to apply is October 31st. Teams will be announced November 5th, 2012. The next round of Circuit shows will begin November 9th, 2012. Teams will alternate weeks through the end of January 2013. If you have any questions, please email Circuit@MagnetTheater.com.
For the application, go no further than right here: Circuit Team Application
The Director Series, a 4-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form, is presenting it’s GREATEST HITS! This month, your favorite shows are coming back! The Monoscene (10/11), The Movie (10/18) and Evente (10/25) will make appearances with completely different casts during the month of October!
“The Greatest Hits” starts this week with The Monoscene directed by Alan Fessenden! The Monoscene is an improvised form that takes place entirely in one location with no edits of any kind. Like an improvised one act play we get to see the different stories and relationships that inhabit a single location.
Featuring: Megan Gray, Sean Taylor, Quinton Lodder, Maddy Mako, Emily Shapiro, Angela Demanti, Jason Scott Quinn and Matt J. Weir.
Ladies and Gentleman, it’s HERE! The Magnet Theater presents The Fourth Annual New York Musical Improv Festival from October 4-7! Over 100 performers from as far as Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago and as close as Broadway, will converge on the Magnet Theater stage to create fully improvised musical performances – ranging from traditional musical theatre fare to adrenaline-pumping rap battles. All performances take place at The Magnet Theater, the center for musical improv study and performance in the U.S.
Baby Wants Candy (NYC), Jill Bernard’s Drum Machine (HUGE Theatre, Minneapolis, Minn.), Tara Copeland (Los Angeles), Jeff Hiller (Los Angeles), Diamond Lion (UCBeast, NYC), Shakespeare: The Musical (UN-Scripted Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA), Mansical (Chicago), Trudy Carmichael’s Musical Mixer (Las Vegas/NYC), Choral Rage (Magnet Theater, NYC), and MORE!
Company 29’s newest sketch show takes a good hard look at all things that ROCK. Not just music ladies and gentleman, we’re talking love, freedom, and some good old fashioned Hall & Oates! Featuring the Magnet’s best sketch writers and performers, this promises to be one of Company 29’s funniest shows yet. Rock and Roll is a character driven sketch show entirely based around a beautiful traditional “American” art form – Rock & Roll.
Company 29 is the Magnet Theater’s sketch company in residence, dedicated to producing new and original sketch comedy featuring the Magnet’s best sketch writers and performers. Featuring: Mike Barry, Kevin Cobbs, Nick Kannellis, Ruby Marez, Justin Peters, Lauren Olson, Rachel Rauch, Jamaal Sedayao, Jason Scott Quinn, and Rob Williams. Written By: Kevin Cobbs, Mike Barry, Tim Eberle, Sarah Pappalardo and Jed Teres. Directed By: Nick Benaquista and Assistant Directed By: Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller.
Sponsored by SixPoint Brewery.
This Thursday Sept. 6th at 10pm marks the debut of The Magnet Theater’s 8th Director’s Series! This month, Neil McNamara directs Deep Dish, a long form improv show interspersed with character monologues, a staple of Chicago-style improvisation. In Chicago, McNamara has worked with Second City, The Annoyance, iO and Boom Chicago. Fresh to New York, McNamara is bringing a Chicago staple to the east coast, DEEP DISH!
Featuring Peter McNerney, Beth Newell, Nick Kanellis, Julia Hynes and Neil McNamara.
Every Thursday at 10pm in September! More Info HERE.
Congratulations to the new Magnet Sketch Teams! Magnet Sketch Teams are the sketch comedy equivalent of Megawatt, our house improv teams. Sketch Teams are groups of writers and performers who will work with directors to create a run of sketch shows. Thank you to all those who applied, we’re excited to introduce these incredible teams! The first show is Sunday September 16th at 9:30! See you there!
Saturday, July 28th marked the Magnet Theater’s second Ladies Night. From 7pm – 11:30pm the stage was set for only those with X chromosomes. Hosted by Magnet’s Artistic Director Megan Gray and Registrar Kim Ferguson, the shows featured over 50 female performers from all over the city, improvising, reciting poetry and putting on a sketch show.
The 7 & 8pm blocks featured female improvisers from Magnet, The PIT and UCB, in mixed combinations you have probably never seen before (except in your dreams). The Magnet was packed to capacity, as 9pm brought a special :Kiss*Punch*Poem: Ladies Night edition — all female poets and all female improvisers.
The latest installment of The Director’s Series, directed by Rick Andrews, opened last Thursday to a loving Magnet audience! The Weave, the 7th installment of The Director’s Series, is a “rule-less” form that encourages organic improvisation in two parts. The cast did a wonderful job of incorporating the suggestion into a string of organically found scenes.
The show started with a trio taking on the mythical tales of “Ernesto”, a mysterious wise old man. It then transformed into a physical game, in which two brute doctor’s are trying to save a man’s life. The scene continues until they were transfused into an entirely different set of circumstances from the other trio. The six players found themselves onstage, slowly dying from a gas leak. This quickly became a scene about a love triangle which transformed into Olympic Gold Medal winners.
The show continued, weaving (sorry) in and out of different scenes, only to call back what was necessary. It ended, like all shows should end, with a backflip.
The Weave continues this Thursday at 10pm at The Magnet Theater, and continues every thursday at 10pm for the month of August. Make sure to catch a performance before it’s took late!