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Jazz Freddy is the fifth installment of The Director Series, a 4-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form. This month, Charlie Whitcroft directs a form named after the Chicago group that made it famous. Kevin Cragg, Tony Mui, Gretchen Poole, Jamie Rivera, Sandra Struthers, Teddy Shivers, Mike Ferreira and Kristy Wesolowski take the stage under Whitcroft’s mighty direction. We spoke with Charlie about his choice to present the form.
What is Jazz Freddy?
Structurally, Jazz Freddy is a 4 scene tag-out piece that starts in the present (whatever that means), then tags to the past, tags to the past again, then tags to the future. Simple though it is, it can only be performed by a stellar cast. We get to meet a character, see a bit of her developmentally significant life moments, then see how things turn out for her. Then there’s a further exploration of the other characters we’ve met, and the world they live in. Jazz Freddy is named after the group that performed it first in Chicago in 1992. The first cast included Jimmy Carrane, Rachel Dratch, Dave Koechner, Noah Gregoropoulos, Miriam Tolan, Kevin Dorff, Brian Stack, Meredith Zinner, and others. I’ve heard that it was the first long form show to use tag-outs. I don’t know if that’s true, and I haven’t been able to find anyone who was even alive in 1992 to confirm or deny.
Why did you choose this form?
Two things that I love about the Jazz Freddy – it’s not too complicated, and it’s a lot of fun. The Boss performed Jazz Freddy for a long time as part of Megawatt. We added a lot of our own touches to it, but the simple structure was there. I’m sure there are other groups that have performed the structure since the original cast, but I don’t know of too many in New York. And I don’t appreciate or respect the anti-Jazz Freddy regulations that the Mayor is trying to put in place. Read the news. These are important issues.
What is the future of improv?
I don’t know… I hope it stays out of the drug business. Liquor and gambling have been fine. I’d like to see it go completely legit, maybe clean up some of the money in real estate or something like that.
Jazz Freddy takes the stage Thursdays at 10pm in June! Check out the opening night, Thursday 6/7 at 10pm- followed by an after party at Smithfield (28th btw. 7th & 8th). Be sure to catch the show for the password for drink specials!
This Wednesday at 8:30, Megawatt gets a new team! Refreshing? Possibly. Mind-blowing? Definitely. World Peace Ending?…No, probably not. Fresh out of Peter McNerney’s Level 6, The Party Lions plan to complete the circle of improv life at The Magnet Theater, and features performers from The Story Pirates, Kiss*Punch*Poem, Scoresby, Inspirado, Whisky Tango Foxtrot and We Just Might Kiss. Wow.
Coached by the incredible Kelly Buttermore (Horses), The Party Lions consists of JR Harrington, Evan Barden, Katie Hammond, Nathan Peterman, Bianca Casusol, Gretchen Poole, Brian Frange and Willy Appelman. Like them on Facebook for more updates and info on Megawatt’s newest ensemble!
The Party Lions premier at Megawatt THIS WEDNESDAY at 8:00pm. We’re not psychic, but we’re guessing this baby will sell out. You cannot make reservations for Megawatt’s later in the evening (since it’s pay once, stay as long as you’d like), so if you want to be there, the MBlog highly recommends showing up early to the 7pm Megawatt and sticking around. Reservations for the 7pm Megawatt can be made here. Be there!
It’s here! The Leap Year. Megawatt only falls on a Leap Year once every 1,000 years…This wednesday everything has gone haywire! Starting at 7pm, you’ll be able to see Magnet All Stars play in combinations that you’ve never seen before. These new teams- Consider The Thief, Across The Sky and Pocket Full of Rocks are ready to make this Leap Year the best since Istanbul was Constantinople! Show up early, make a reservation, don’t miss what could be the only Megawatt Leap Year Show of your life!
Reservations Here: http://www.magnettheater.com/reservation.php?showid=38287
Elana Fishbein & Shaun Farrugia
Elana and Shaun are hilarious, talented improvisers who bring a ton of experience to their Megawatt shows. Elana has been on a team for five years now, and Shaun just got cast. Jolene Turner interviewed both of them about favorite moments, comedy role models, and some veteran advice. Enjoy….
MEGAWATT – Wednesdays 8:00PM, 9:00PM, & 10:00PM
MUSICAL MEGAWATT – Tuesdays 8:30PM
What is Megawatt?
Megawatt is a weekly showcase of the Magnet’s signature house teams! Six of the teams perform every Wednesday and two musical teams perform every Tuesday. All Megawatt performers have graduated from the Magnet Training Center and are lead by a Magnet assigned director. Megawatt teams perform a variety of forms, styles, and structures – all of which are fueled by hilarious improvisers playing at the top of their intelligence.
How can I participate?
To be considered for a Megawatt team, you must complete all six levels of the Magnet Training Program. Likewise, for Musical Megawatt, you must complete all three musical improv core classes. After completion, you become eligible for an invitation to audition. Auditions are held periodically throughout the year. As you complete Level Six, you will find out more information about the audition process and the next audition scheduled.
The Magnet is excited to announce our newest Megawatt teams, all of which to debut this Wednesday at 7, 8:30 and 10PM. Congrats to all the new comers and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the theater, we look forward to watching you! This has been arguably one of our most competitive audition rounds ever. Everyone listed has been through the rigors of our training program and they are ready to make you fall on the ground laughing. All performers who are new to being on a house team at the Magnet are in BOLD.
New Team Brick (debuts 11/3 @ 10PM)
- Rick Andrews
- Tim Eberle (previously on Lead McEnroe)
- Julia Hynes
- Fiona Mallek
- Joe Miles
- Amie Roe
- Jamaal Sedayao (previously on Strider)
- Jed Teres (previously on Commando)
New Team Teal (debuts 11/3 @ 8:30PM)
- Kimberly Ferguson
- Lulu French
- Federico Garduño
- Michael Kroll
- Scott Markman (previously on Strider)
- Desiree Nash
- Lauren Smith (previously on Strider)
- Matt J Weir (previously on Strider)
New Team Tangerine (debuts 11/3 @ 7PM)
- Dan Benjamin
- Maryanne Farrell
- David Gonyo
- James Heslop
- Joel Jones (previously on King Canute)
- Don Romaniello (previously on Strider)
- Michael Short (previously on King Canute)
- Andrew Yurman-Glaser
Featherweight & Phooka hit the stage two years ago this week on the Wednesday night Megawatt stage. Both teams have delighted audiences and provided us all with a consistently high level of patient and hilarious long form improv comedy every week. Both of these teams have also taken their acts on the road and performed in multiple cities.
To celebrate their accomplishments we would like you to join us on Saturday August 14th at 10PM where each team will dazzle you with 25-30 minute sets. 254 West 29th Street, NYC.