Imagine standing onstage in front of an audience and not knowing any of your lines, or even what your story is about. For most people, that might be their worst nightmare. But not for a Theatre Improviser – and not when they have a friend!
Combine the storytelling tradition of live theatre with the audience participation of a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway, and you’ve got a great recipe for Long-Form Improv. Unlike Short-Form Improv, which relies on games and gags, Long-Form Improv requires complex thinking and radical trust. In Long-Form Improv, actors weave a completely original story from audience suggestions. It might be very funny, but it has the potential to be so much more. Inventive performers can build a rich narrative, invest in character development, and open the possibility for unexpected discoveries and satisfying endings.
Tim And Jacob Are Friends: Scriptless, created by veteran improvisers Jacob Hartje and Tim Larson, and produced by Tucker Lucas, is Theatre B’s own take on Long-Form Improv. “Improv is part of the larger Theatre world that hasn’t been explored by this ensemble much in the past,” says Tim Larson. “Jacob and I both love the art form and there aren’t enough opportunities to see it live in Fargo. We also love sharing it with people who have never experienced a show like this as it is completely different from what you might typically see on the B stage.”
This isn’t the first time Theatre B embraced interests and passions of its ensemble members. B At Home programming, such as the recent Quest For Love, are products of the radical trust Theatre B members put in their fellow ensemble artists. “It’s always better for us to run with an idea that excites us,” says Tucker Lucas. “No matter how unique or crazy the idea might be.” And for Tim Larson, the reasons are also very audience-oriented. Larson explained, “I think the audience will enjoy being a part of something being created in front of them. Something special only for that crowd. It makes the whole thing feel very special and intimate.”
Tim And Jacob Are Friends: Scriptless is another installment in the B At Home series presented on Facebook Live and in-person with limited seating. Until Theatre B can safely fill its intimate venue, the ensemble artists are enjoying the freedom to try new things, make original art, and have fun. B At Home offers a way to connect to audiences and create together, without the risks associated with fully staged productions. It also gives the audience a glimpse into the personal interests of Theatre B artists.
Tim And Jacob Are Friends: Scriptless will be available to stream and in-person on Friday, May 14th , and Saturday, May 15th. The performance will be available through Pay What You Will pricing. In-person tickets must be purchased in advance. Complete details are available at theatreb.org and the box office will open for sales on May 3.
Tim And Jacob Are Friends: Scriptless by Tim Larson and Jacob Hartje
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About Theatre B:
The mission of Theatre B is to ignite conversations that transform our community through intimate and courageous stories. Since 2003, the Ensemble and guest artists of Theatre B have brought to life a wide variety of the latest award-winning plays and bold new works. By removing barriers between actor and audience, and intensifying the experience of intimacy, Theatre B productions inspire a sense of community, engage conversation, and prompt viewers to contemplate the stories long after they have left the theatre. For more information about Theatre B, visit www.theatreb.org.
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