Congrats to Magnet Performers Laura Grey (Friday Night Show), Matt Weir (Weir Matt Weir) & James Coker (Canons) on being selected for The 9th Annual NYTVF Pilot Competition. Their pilots, Engaged, Cool Cars & Science and Classless will be up against 44 indie pilots from around the world. Check out the trailers below, we kinda can’t stop watching them.
Reductress, founded by Magnet Theater’s Beth Newell & Sarah Pappalardo, was recently named in The Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes Magazine. Reductress is the only fake women’s news magazine and features many Magnet Theater writers and performers. They have been featured on The Huffington Post, Bust, Bitch Magazine and The Daily Dot. If you have yet to check Reductress out, you should do it…now.
We’re very excited to announce the next round of The Circuit, which will begin Friday, October 4th, 2013!
Applications for Circuit teams will open the first week of September and applicants will be chosen by lottery. If chosen, you will be placed on a team of 8 improvisers and assigned a coach. You will rehearse with your coach and team once a week, with rotating performances on Friday nights at 10PM at the Magnet Studio Theater.
If you have completed Level 3 of Magnet’s Training Program and are not part of a Magnet house improv team, you are eligible to apply.
The Circuit is a great way to gain experience in being in an improv ensemble. We highly encourage you to apply.
Stay tuned for more information and announcements regarding applications in the next few weeks. Thank you and we are looking forward to an exciting new season of The Circuit!
If you have any questions, please email us at circuit [at] magnettheater [dot] com.
“The Blackout” is the newest installment of The Director Series, a 5-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form. This month Louis Kornfeld is directing The Blackout, featuring Phoebe Tyers, Alexis Lambright, Ely Aina Rapoza, Rebecca Robles, Charlie Whitcroft, Rob Penty, Eli Itzkowitz, and Desiree Nash.
This past Thursday saw the premier of “The Blackout”, a unique and refreshing improv show relying solely on scenework. The cast, proficient in subtlety and poise, performed the series of scenes in two and three person combinations that came together naturally and comfortably to fill the hour with standalone vignettes and thematic revisitations under the direction and technical expertise of Director Louis Kornfeld.
The audience watched childhood friends discussing the ups and downs of having two mothers, a needy secretary fail to grasp the humor of a screen-saver, a married couple deal with three years of built up frustration and resentment, teens peeping on their “girlfriend” undressing in her bedroom, and a man out himself to passengers on his plane during a recreational flight, among many other episodes. Never a dull moment, while all of the energy of this show flowed steadily and with intention.
There are four more opportunities to catch “The Blackout” – August 8th, 15, 22 and 29th at 9:00pm at The Magnet Theater!
This was a re-blogged review from Charlie Whitcroft.
Magnet Theater will be holding auditions for the fall season of Megawatt. Auditions will be held Friday, August 23rd with callbacks on Sunday, August 25th. To be eligible, performers need to have completed Magnet Level 6 Team Performance Workshop. Please note that due to the limited number of slots auditions are not guaranteed.
To apply, please follow THIS LINK and fill out the availability form no later than August 15h. Confirmations will be sent out on August 16th.
In July, The Director’s Series presented Medusa, directed by Nick Kanellis (Trike). I talked with Nick about the form, the future of improv and his views on physical improv.
What is the form behind Medusa?
The main idea behind the form of Medusa is that all of the improvisers are onstage the entire time, so even if you aren’t a speaking character in a scene, you are responsible for playing a part of the environment. Other than that it’s similar to a montage or loose harold, with 3-4 first beat scenes and a group game followed by expansions on those scenes and a run. Because everyone has to be on stage the whole time, it lends itself to some really cool transformations and characters inspired by physicality.
Is comedy from physicality/movement essential in improv?
I don’t think it’s ESSENTIAL in improv, as some forms (like the bat or an improvised radio piece) don’t have any physicality/movement at all, but I do LOVE physical comedy and think it’s a fantastic way to make a piece resonate more!
What is the future of the Medusa form/physical improv? How could it possibly change/evolve?
A lot of inspiration can come from physicality and it’s always fun to see new ways that improvisers figure out how to SHOW the stories they are telling. A lot of my favorite moments from Medusa shows have been watching the improvisers discover unique ways to utilize stage picture and one another’s bodies to show things that normally aren’t shown in improv. I look forward to exploring more ways that a group of people can work together to make anything they can imagine appear on an empty stage!