Impro Theatre has announced its newest production, Shakespeare UnScripted, directed by Brian Lohmann and Dan O’Connor, which will begin previews on Thursday, March 20 at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse) in Pasadena. Opening is set for Sunday, March 30, at 5pm and performances will continue through May 4.
Shakespeare UnScripted is a completely improvised play in the style of William Shakespeare. The Impro Theatre ensemble starts with a single audience suggestion and builds improvised, full-length, never-before-seen plays inspired by Shakespeare’s poetry, colorful imagery and bawdy innuendo. Every show is totally unique and brings to life the monarchs, spirits, lovers and fools that make up Shakespeare’s world.
Artistic director Dan O’Connor says, “Brian Lohmann and I are very excited to roll up our sleeves, dive into the world of Shakespeare’s romantic Italian comedies, and bring this brand new production to the Carrie Hamilton Theatre.”
The cast is a rotating ensemble that includes Kari Coleman, Lisa Fredrickson, Kelly Holden-Bashar, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Dan O’Connor, Edi Patterson, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears, and Floyd Van Buskirk. The set and costumes are by Sandra Burns; the lighting design is by Leigh Allen; stage manager and lighting improviser is Michael Becker; and sound improviser is Alex Caan.
Impro Theatre’s unscripted explorations of great literary figures have included Shakespeare, Dickens, Stephen Sondheim, and Tennessee Williams. For more about the company, visit www.ImproTheatre.com. Tickets for Shakespeare UnScripted are $20 for previews and $30 for regular performances ($15 student tickets are available; student ID required at the door).
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, or by calling (626) 356-7529.