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The Third Annual Portland Improvised Theater Festival

Performances

"NW Showcase"
Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16
7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

More than a dozen improvised theater companies from around the region share the stage in performances at two venues. Troupes appearing include Toad City, Portland ComedySportz, Knockin' Biscuits, and The Brody Theater from Portland; Unexpected Productions and Improsia from Seattle.

Tickets: $8.00 for individual performances or $30 for "NW Showcase" Pass. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Avenue, and The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


"Scrapheap"
Sunday, October 17
7:30 pm

A unique experiment in ensemble improvisation gets underway as part of The Portland Improvised Theater Festival. A dozen or so improvisers from different companies and different parts of the world, many of them never having even met each other, will come together for an unrehearsed, unplanned performance before diving into a week of intensive workshops. Performances throughout the week and a final performance on Saturday, October 23, will showcase their progress.

Tickets: $6.00. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Avenue.
Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


"Scrapheap 2: It's Alive!"
Tuesday, October 19
7:30 pm

After two days of workshops with Robert Dassie, acclaimed director and teacher from Chicago's Improv Olympic, the "Scrapheap" ensemble again ventures in front of an audience. Expect a daring and exciting performance as The Portland Improvised Theater Festival's experiment in ensemble improvisation continues.

Tickets: $6.00. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Avenue.
Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


"Scrapheap 3: The Mad Doctor's Revenge"
Thursday, October 21
7:30 pm

The third installment of The Portland Improvised Theater Festival's mad experiment in improvisation. This time the "Scrapheap" ensemble has been working with Barbara Scott of San Francisco's True Fiction Magazine.

Tickets: $6.00. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Avenue.
Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


True Fiction Magazine
Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23
8:00 pm

World famous for their appearances on NPR's West Coast Live and for more than a decade of incredible improvisation, True Fiction Magazine comes to the The Portland Improvised Theater Festival for their Portland premier. True Fiction offers a unique style of improvisation wherein a complete two-act play springs from a single simple suggestion from the audience, often threading several plot lines and dramatic genres.

Tickets: $12.00. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


Bigwheel and Unexpected Productions
Friday, October 22
10:00 pm

Former Portlander John Breen returns from New York with his shiny new company, Bigwheel. Unexpected Productions, Seattle's premier improvised theater company, presents one of their tried and true long-form improv formats.

Tickets: $8.00. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


"Scrapheap 4: The Final Experiment"
Saturday, October 23
6:00 pm

After a final two days of workshops with Brody Theater Artistic Director Tom Johnson, the "Scrapheap" ensemble presents a polished and perfect final show. This performance is likely to feature some of the best improvisation of the festival. Also appearing: "The Bard," The Brody Theater's musical improv show.

Tickets: $8.00. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


Hiatus and The Brody Theater
Saturday, October 23
10:00 pm

Coast to coast improvisation as New York's Hiatus and Portland's The Brody Theater share stage-time in a finale performance. Each troupe will present their very different take on long-form improvisation.

Tickets: $8.00. Full-Festival Passes available for $75.00.

Location: The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Call The Brody Theater at 224-0688 for reservations.


Workshops

Free Beginner Workshops in Improvisation
Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17
2:00 pm

In conjunction with The Portland Improvised Theater Festival's "NW Showcase" performances, The Brody Theater is offering free workshop for beginners team-taught by members of different regional improv troupes. Two hour workshops are free and open to the public.

Location: The Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Avenue.
Call 224-0688 for information.


"Scrapheap" Ensemble Improvisation Workshop
Sunday, October 17 through Saturday,
October 23

An intensive workshop in improvisation wherein an ensemble will work together for six hours a day for an entire week with rotating guest directors from around the country As part of the experiment the "Scrapheap" ensemble will present four performances. For experienced improvisers only. Cost: $195. Call 224-0688 for information.


Workshops for Improvisers
Friday through Sunday, October 22-24

The Portland Improvised Theater Festival offers dozens of workshops for improvisers and actors of all skill and experience level taught by some of the best improv teachers and directors in the country including Robert Dassie from Chicago's Improv Olympic and Barbara Scott of San Francisco's True Fiction Magazine. Festival enrollment fee: $90, includes admission to all Festival performances. Call 224-0688 for information.


The Brody Theater
1904 NW 27th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210

Questions? Call (503) 224-0688 or email festival@brodytheater.com


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