dubstep remix
Skip to Content

Magnet Theater Blog: News and Ideas about Comedy, Improv Shows & Classes in NYC

Posts Tagged ‘magnet theater’

Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:10pm - by WillyAppelman

large_directorseries

“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.

3.  What is your favorite type of improv?
My favorite type of improv is the funny kind.  And I tend to think the funniest kind is the kind that is the most truthful and reliant on the ensemble working together.  A little artistry don’t hurt neither.  I like listening, clarity, strong games played creatively, believable characters and teams that recklessly push their 25 minutes to the end of the line – together and not parallel.

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!

Monday March 4, 2013, 1:58pm - by WillyAppelman

large_company29college

A timeless rite of passage into modern adulthood involving flagrant consumption, waffling definitions of sexual propriety, a general disregard for all grown-up responsibility, and occasional learning, college is that magical time when you can have your mind blown by Marx and Engels from the comfort of your lofted-bed. Company 29’s newest sketch show takes a look at all things college, from the dubious founding of Harvard University to that guy who always brings his guitar with him to parties even though nobody asked him to.

Sponsored By: Six Point Brewery

Company 29 is the Magnet Theater’s sketch company in residence, dedicated to producing new and original sketch comedy featuring some of the Magnet’s best sketch writers and performers.

Featuring: Mike Barry, Kevin Cobbs, Tim Eberle, Nick Kanellis, Ruby Marez, Justin Peters, Branson Reese, Jamaal Sedayao, Danielle Tolley, and Rob Williams.

Written By: Tim Eberle, Kevin Cobbs, Jamaal Sedayao, Sarah Pappalardo, and Nick Kanellis.

Directed By: Nick Benaquista

Assistant Director: Amanda Xeller

Reservations HERE: Friday, March 8th at 8:30, Saturday, March 9th at 7:30, Sunday, March 10th at 8pm.

Sunday February 24, 2013, 5:59pm - by WillyAppelman

roundtrip_web

“Round Trip” 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 Armando Diaz is directing “Round Trip.”  We conducted an interview with Armando via email to talk about the show.

What is Round Trip?
The Round Trip is an original form that tells the story of a cast of characters through a series of mono-scenes. The show begins with the suggestion of a location for which the first mono-scene will take place. In that location we meet the characters in the story and discover what the story is about. After the first mono-scene ends the cast improvises a second mono-scene in a different location featuring all the same characters. And finally we see the characters back in the first location for a final mono-scene and this is where all the storylines resolve. In short, the Round Trip is like an improvised one-act play.

Why did you choose to direct it?
Megan told me I had to direct something for the Director Series show. I had no choice in the matter.

What makes a great scene?
The truth! As much as it is good to know the mechanics of improv at the end of the day what makes us laugh is when improvisers find truth in their work. You can be technically perfect in a scene but if it doesn’t find the truth it just won’t be that funny.

Have you seen an evolution in improv over the years?
No.

Where do you see it going?
I hope it becomes more courageous and less, “edgy”.

The last performance of Round Trip takes place on Thursday, February 28th at 10pm.  For more information, CLICK HERE!

Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:17pm - by woodyfu
Do What You Did Again

Do What You Did Again

Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:47pm - by WillyAppelman

images

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!

Thursday January 3, 2013, 3:29pm - by WillyAppelman

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!

Tuesday December 18, 2012, 12:31am - by WillyAppelman

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.
________________
New Team: BROWN
Will Quinn
Jason Salmon
Rob Asaro
Emily Newhouse
Clark Lantz
Kristen Bartlett
Fredric Goldstein
Billy Bob Thompson
Joe Lepore
_____________________________
New Team: BOARD OF EDUCATION
Jamaal Sedayao
David Sewell
Chet Siegel
Stephanie Streisand
Becca Schall
Andy Mills
Robert Ramsey
John Kitsis
Rachel Siegel
_________
DISPACHO
Ruby Marez
Jed Teres
Alex Marino
Todd Shaeffer
Adam Twitchell
Ingrid Ostby
Bob Kern
Steph Garcia
Andrew Yurman-Glaser
_________
JACKTOWN
Kim Ferguson
Vince Milosevich
Alan Fessenden
Joe Miles
Sean Taylor
Andrew Vuilleumier
Kelly Warne
Gwen Mesco
Jimmy O’Connell
______________________
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
Emily Shapiro
Jim Turner
Branson Reese
Nivea Serrao
David Rynn
Kaitlin Fontana
Geri Cole
Jon Moisan
Ally Kornfeld
 ____________
RISKY BOTTOM
Jane Stolar
Gretchen Poole
Jana Schmieding
Matt Antonucci
Lauren Olsen
Matt Wassung
Kate Emswiler
Rob Webber
Jon Bander
Friday November 30, 2012, 2:23pm - by WillyAppelman

Ladies and Gentleman, with less than a day left until Armando Diaz attempts to teach and coach improv & sketch for 24 hours straight, we bring you the official schedule!  Armando will be working with all of these people from noon Saturday, December 1st until noon Sunday, December 2nd.  He’s pretty sick, a bit loopy and losing his voice- but he won’t back down.  Can he do it?  Will Diaz break the world record for teaching improv & sketch in order to raise money for Hurricane Relief?  Feel free to find out in person by joining in on one of the Improv Jam’s!

SATURDAY DEC. 1st
12pm-1:30pm: Andrew Cornelius
1:30pm-3pm: Intern Jam!
3pm-6pm: Sketch Level 1
6pm-8pm: Michael Dervin
8pm-10pm: Chet Watkins
10pm-11:59am: Gwen Mesco
11:59pm-2am:  Drop-in Jam!!!! (OPEN TO EVERYONE)

SUNDAY DEC. 2nd
2am-4am: Mick Murtha
4am-6am: Matt Antonucci
6am-8am: Eaglefox
8am-10am: Honey
10am-12pm: Free Intro to Improv

Come and cheer this brave man on.  Can he do it?  I guess we’ll all find out together!  We’ll post updates as the day goes on and so can you at #Armando.  Godspeed Armando Diaz.

Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:26pm - by WillyAppelman

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!

12pm 

The Whistling Shrimp – Cornell University
Scatterbomb – Manhattan College
A 4 Effort – Rutgers University 

2pm

Dangerbox – New York University
Yale Exit Players – Yale University
Quipfire! – Princeton University
Fruit Paunch – Columbia University

4pm

Gag Reflex – Wesleyan University
The Georgetown Improv Association – Georgetown University
Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut

7PM Finals

Wildcard team (top 2nd place team for the day)
12pm match winner
2pm match winner
4pm match winner

Click here for more information! 

Tuesday November 6, 2012, 10:25am - by WillyAppelman

As Hurricane relief continues, Armando Diaz has decided to donate his time and talents to the cause.  That is why on Saturday, Dec. 1st from 12pm until Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 12pm- Armando Diaz will teach & coach improv and sketch comedy for 24 hours straight!  All of the money raised from the Coach-athon will be donated to the Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.

Let the bidding begin: BID HERE!