Tuesday, 18 December 2018 04:35

The Broad Stage Presents “Jane Austen Unscripted”

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The Broad Stage Presents “Jane Austen Unscripted” directed by Dan O’Connor and Paul Rogan.

I’m ashamed to say that this was my first visit to The Broad Stage.

What a gorgeous venue!  It’s really the perfect place to take in some Christmassy theatre and what could be more Christmassy than Jane Austen?

This production of "Jane Austen Unscripted" is entirely improvised, I really can’t imagine the extraordinarily high level of sheer nerve these actors must have in order to attempt such a thing.

Ladies

We begin the evening with a theme picked from the audience, this evening it happened to be marshmallows and then the actors improvise a play around that theme.  It was masterful.  Each actor took on a character in front of our very eyes, and collectively and quite magically pursued the story together to its ultimate conclusion.  The timing was perfect, the subtext profound, and the performances electric.

This kind of long-form immersive improv takes a skill level and a commitment to detail that’s really in a class of its own.  But just because something is difficult doesn’t necessarily make the results always good.  These actors, however, with the brilliant support from the lighting and sound technicians, create an evening of sublime storytelling filled with intricate plot twists and sweetly engineered romances.

Impro Theatre was founded in 1988 and began as purely short form improv. 

It has now thankfully evolved into this truly stella company and has established itself as the preeminent and rightfully treasured L.A. improv group, performing year round as well as internationally.

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Its members are virtuosos of the form, as skilled with language as they are with action and able to manipulate, enunciate and extrapolate with “Austen-tacious” abandon.  I beamed like a fool throughout the entire performance and rocked with laughter and delight…they are really that good.

I cannot recommend “Jane Austen Unscripted” enough.  This is a play of such epic brilliance that it must not be missed.  Bloody fantastic !!  Miss Austen would be thrilled I’m sure.

It’s only on for a few more nights so dawdle at your peril!!

http://www.thebroadstage.org/janeaustenunscripted 

ENSEMBLE

Kari Coleman, Lisa Fredrickson, Madi Goff, Kelly Holden Bashar, Paul Hungerford, Stephen Kearin, Jo McGinley, Dan O’Connor, Edi Patterson, Mike Rock, Paul Rogan

ENSEMBLE GUEST ARTISTS

Nick Clark, Sara Mountjoy-Pepka, Matthew Pitner

IMPRO THEATRE STAFF

Dan O’Connor

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Rick Bernstein MANAGING DIRECTOR

Nick Clark, Madi Goff ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS OF THE IMPRO THEATRE SCHOOL

Paul Hungerford

IMPRO STUDIO PRODUCER

Matthew Pitner

IMPRO STUDIO MANAGER

Emily Rose Jacobson SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

McKenna Ryan PRODUCTION INTERN

PRODUCTION STAFF

Trefoni Rizzi

ORIGINAL SCENIC DESIGNER

Sandra Burns COSTUME DESIGNER

Leigh Allen LIGHTING DESIGNER

Emily Rose Jacobson TECHNICAL IMPROVISER

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
 
Writer, Filmmaker, Musician. Samantha has Produced over 60 short films and Written and Directed 20. She is the co-creator of 52 Films/52 Weeks and The Cinema Tribe Collective. She has written over 400 LA Theatre reviews and is partners in Xpress Records a Music Publishing Company in the UK.  This year she will be directing her first feature film which she also wrote, developing several others and is writing a children’s book. 
 
 

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