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“The Kubler” is the newest installment of The Director Series, a 4-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form. This month Russ Armstrong is directing “The Kubler.” We interviewed Russ via email to learn more about the show.
1. What is The Kubler?
The Kubler is a best-of-both-worlds improv show. It allows great actors to chew up some big, intimate scenes and intersperses those with large group scenes from a strong ensemble. It’s inspired by the Kubler-Ross model (umlaut, please!) which folks are more familiar with as “the five stages of grief.” The Kubler-Ross is a hypothesis that humans process difficult news by progressing through these five stages in order; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. Starting with a suggestion of some bad news someone has received, we take the audience through the five stages and throw in large group games in between. It rocks. But mostly it rocks because of Rick Andrews, Laura Grey, Sean Taylor, Lauren Olson, Dru Johnston, Desiree Nash, Jordan Klepper, Jana Schmieding, Alex Marino and Chet Siegel.
2. Why are you directing it?
I’m directing the Kubler because it gives me an opportunity to force great improvisers to work with me and offers a format that can really showcase top-notch players working together. Also, I was told I would receive intern credits.
4. What is the future of improv?
Everyone knows this but I’ll rehash it anyway. Improv will be solved in 2019 at the yet-to-be-formed Dungeon Fungeon in Staten Island after an inspired triple-Harold performed by the East Coast’s best ensemble, John Mack’s Warrior Punchbowl (Starring Brad Tomey!) It won’t be the best show, and it won’t be the last show, but their director, and the audience will insist, “That’s what improv is supposed to be.”
It’ll be that or slowly we’ll all move back to Chicago and crawl back up the vagina of The Compass Players, spin around there for a couple years in some swirling black hole of callbacks and then get spewed out across the continent once more not unlike this ever-contracting-and-expanding nutsack of a universe. Intern credit, please!
The Kubler opens this Thursday, March 7th at 10pm! MORE INFO!
1. There will be a Curriculum Change:
That’s the recap! See you at the shows!
The next Magnet Town Hall Meeting will be held at The Magnet Theater on Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm. Boom!
Come hear the latest about the Magnet Theater and Training Center. We’ll talk about highlights from 2012 and things to look forward to in 2013. This is an open forum for students and performers to connect with Magnet teachers, managers and other people that run things or make decisions. This will also be a great way for performers and students to learn about recent changes, current initiatives and upcoming projects and opportunities. Lots to discuss. All are welcome. Including you.
Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm! See you there!
Saturday, January 5th marks the beginning of The Magnet Theater’s New Sketch Lab! Sketch Lab is a weekly workshop to encourage sketch development. One of the Magnet’s top sketch directors will provide feedback on your work and answer any questions you may have about the writing process. Sketch writers of all levels are welcome, whether you’re considering taking a sketch class, in a class currently, or between classes. So this Saturday, come to the Magnet Training Center (259 w. 30th St.) from 12pm-2pm and bring $5, and get feedback on your freshest work!
No registration required…see you there!
The Evente is not the easiest form out there, in fact it can be quite difficult to understand at times. It begins with one central event, suggested by the audience, and builds from there. The forms utilizes flashbacks and time jumps, all while focusing on relationships surrounding the event. Created by Armando Diaz in the late 90′s, it is part of the “wild wild west improv movement” that Diaz created when he started the Magnet in 2005.
Check out the above chart that will help you understand Evente better! And if you’re looking to study the form with Alex Marino, the next session starts February 2nd! More info!
The Magnet Theater is proud to announce New Magnet Sketch Teams! Thank you to everyone who applied! We had an overwhelming response and are proud to add two new teams! Sketch team shows will resume Sundays in January at 9:30pm.
Billy Bob Thompson
“The Narrator” is the tenth installment of The Director Series, a 3-week string of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form. This month Michael Martin directs “The Narrator” with musical direction by Frank Spitznagel.
“The Narrator” is a musical improv show wherein a narrator tells a story (aided by the audience’s suggestions) which is then reenacted by the performers on stage. This is the first Musical Director’s Series we’ve had the pleasure of presenting and we couldn’t be more excited. Says Director Michael Martin, “rather than doing an improvised musical, we’re doing a musical that is improvised. This means that we’re going for compelling stories with high stakes emotional conflicts to underwrite our funny moments. Audiences should expect a wild ride. Certainly there will be laughter. Possibly there will be tears, and definitely one actor will be in the driver’s seat calling the shots for a completely realized musical narrative.” Don’t miss opening night, this Thursday at 10pm!
Featuring: Woody Fu, Ross Taylor, Ryan Dunkin, Oscar Montoya, Lorraine Cink, Laura Dlug, Jordan Hirsch, Michael Lutton, Joe Hendel!
With a tournament schedule that looks like Monday Night Football meets Whose Line Is It Anyway, CIF Productions brings you the 2012-2013 College Improv Tournament at The Magnet Theater this Saturday, Nov. 17th! Enjoy the nations best College Teams as they duke it out for the title of “Best College Improv Team”! Check out the schedule below!
The Whistling Shrimp – Cornell University
Scatterbomb – Manhattan College
A 4 Effort – Rutgers University
Dangerbox – New York University
Yale Exit Players – Yale University
Quipfire! – Princeton University
Fruit Paunch – Columbia University
Gag Reflex – Wesleyan University
The Georgetown Improv Association – Georgetown University
Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut
Wildcard team (top 2nd place team for the day)
12pm match winner
2pm match winner
4pm match winner