Here is our set from Pimprov this past week. Things are really working and I am starting to put together our running order for discussion today. We are in great shape!
Tonight we open for Pimprov at CIC. How did we get so lucky to get such a valuable set in front of such a great house? Easy just found your own barprov night and fight for 12 years for it to get its own theater space and bar. At least that is how it worked for me. Tonight 10:30 1422 w Irving Park. It usually sells out so get tickets in advance 800-838-3006
On this very special episode of Process the Cast learns a lesson.
So at our very first dinner I said to the cast if actor x wants to jerk off and cum on an audience members face as a scene…lets say they really want to do this. I might challenge them, ask them what they are trying to say with the scene (the point of view) and is there anything else in the world we can do to illustrate this POV. But if Actor x is hell bent on the ONLY way they can say with POV is to jerk off on an audience member till cum comes out THEN I WANT TO TRY IT!
You see darlings more than one person has told me just on the names alone what an amazingly talented cast I have. So we all have instincts…good ones. We have to say YES to everything and trust that the conversation with the audience will lead us to where we need to be.
Last night I walk back stage after the set and one of the ensemble said “Well scene blah blah went well” and I answered “Yeah” He responded “I didn’t think it was gonna work.” Then two other ensemble members said “I didn’t think it would either” All I could say was “You guys have to trust process.”
What I will say is at least they tried it, even if it was through a thin veil of kicking and screaming. AND it worked big time!
“When someone presents a scene idea, I like to put it up right away….immediately. I’ve wasted too much time in my life in endless conversations about ideas. I hate getting sucked into those measured, lazy, talking for the sake of talking I have a better idea or we could this or we could do that look, it appears we are being productive but we’re not bullshit discussions. 90% of the work will happen on stage, so why not just get up there and do it right now.” -Mick Napier on “Paradigm Lost” process
Set tonight 10:30 at CIC opening for Pimprov 1422 w Irving Park