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“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!
Congratulations to the newest batch of Circuit Teams! Thank you to everyone who applied. Shows begin Friday, Nov. 16th at 10pm at The Magnet Studio Theater.
Marc Philippe Eskenazi
Sarah Marie Degni
Ian W. Gray
Congrats again to all the new teams!
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!
Tonight! The Director Series continues with “Medusa” directed by Nick Kanellis. “Medusa” is the ninth installment of The Director Series, a 4-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form. “Medusa” is a long form improv show involving all performers on stage at all times. The improvisers alternate between speaking roles and playing inanimate objects. It all begins Thursday November 1st and continues every thursday at 10pm for the month of November. The show features Julia Hynes, Peter Collins, Justin Moran, Rick Andrews, Branson Reese, Ali Fisher, Matt B. Weir and Scott Lawrie. If you’re able to get to the theater safely tonight we’ll see you there! If not, don’t eat all that 50% off candy at once!
It’s a HALLOWEEN MIRACLE! If you’re able to safely get to The Magnet Theater tonight, come out and enjoy some post-Hurricane Halloween Megawatt starting at 7pm! This is the perfect time to stand up, stretch your legs and sit right back down at The Magnet!
7pm: MILLIONS OF GHOULS!
8pm: SPOOKY SAMANTHA!
Candy + Improv + Costumes= TONIGHT! Classes are CANCELED, but the comedy is ALIVE!
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!
Magnet Theater will be holding auditions for the September season of Megawatt. Auditions will be held Friday 8/17 and Saturday 8/18. Callbacks will be held the following week. To be eligible for the audition, performers need to have completed Magnet Level 6 Team Performance no earlier than January 2011, or to have performed on a Megawatt team within the last year. Please note that due to the limited number of slots auditions are not guaranteed.
To apply, please follow the link and fill out the availability form no later than August 10th. MEGAWATT FORM!
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!