Improv, Photo Gallery, Reflection

What A Great Night!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for a great evening of improv and play on Friday. Enjoy a these highlights from the evening:

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Gift Giving 101
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Warming up at the thunder dome.
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Tony Moschetti (back corner) facilitated the workshop portion of our evening.

Each one teach one is at the heart of our approach to theatre and community engagement, and it is you, our community who make this work (and play) possible. Big love to you.

If you had fun, pass it on! If you missed us on Friday fear not! There’s plenty more in store from Laughing Pig Theatre. Check out our Events Page for details.

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Privilege, Power, and Improv

Taylor
Men Aren’t Funny

 

Recently, a friend told me that they were interested in trying improv, but intimidated and afraid of the pressure to “be funny”. I knew exactly what she meant: improv is stereo-typically dominated by white-bread dudes getting a laugh and confidence boost at the expense of everyone else. It doesn’t have to be this way. Theatre (including improv) is knowledge. Knowledge is power. Power, at its best, is love NOT elitism.

In the book, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Augusto Boal writes,

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a dance piece where the dancers danced in the first act and in the second showed the audience how to dance? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a musical where in the first act the actors sang and in the second we all sang together?…This is…how artists should be—we should be creators and also teach the public how to be creators, how to make art, so that we may all use that art together.

At Laughing Pig Theatre we’re committed to making the democratic practice of theatre safe, inclusive, and accessible to all. We’re using our inaugural season to engage with our community about important subjects, to learn together, and to have fun. Here’s how we’re doing it:

  • On Wednesday’s we host a weekly Open Improv Jam. We invite anyone who’d like to play a variety of improv games to join our ensemble in rehearsal. We explore everything from long-form to forum theatre. Being “funny” isn’t important. It is completely FREE, and open to every level of experience and ability. Come play with us! All you need is comfortable clothing and curiosity.
  • Every 2nd Friday Laughing Pig combines entertainment with instruction in a dynamic pay-what-you-can style evening of play. Whether it’s an improv show by our ensemble followed by an open improv jam with the audience, or a Theatre of The Oppressed Workshop, or a reading of a new play followed by a writers’ circle, these monthly events are sure to be as entertaining as they are educational.
  • Our Quarterly Productions explore under-represented aspects of our communities in an entertaining, evening length, genre-bending format.

Come join us at Mesa Arts Center!

Upcoming Workshops

Feb Workshop: Improv for Dialogue

Laughing Pig Theatre’s next event is an educational workshop: Improvisation for Dialogue, set for Friday, February 9, 7-9pm at the Mesa Arts Center. In 2-hours, Ada McCartney will lead our attendees though different theatre techniques designed to facilitate crucial conversations.

If you’re a teacher, community organizer, team leader, or have ever worked in a group with other people, you know it’s essential for everyone to work together. We’ve all been there. We’ve all experienced how difficult it is to move forward when the team is out of sync. Or worse: when that big pink elephant appears, and no one in the room knows how to talk about it. These new tools may be just what you need to shake-up your group dynamic, relate to each other compassionately, and attain results.

Adapting techniques used in Forum Theatre and the Theatre of the Oppressed, drawing on the works of Michael Rhod and Augusto Boal, Ada will teach participants to use theatre to create a common language and a safe space to discuss difficult issues,and explore potential solutions. In the process we’ll have a little fun, make some new friends, and continue to build our Laughing Pig Theatre community.

In this workshop you can expect:

  •  Introductions and Warm-up will get you comfortable with each other and the Acting Studio.
  • Trust Building exercises to help move past the awkwardness of meeting new people, raise the community issues you want to tackle, and build connections with your peers for a productive workshop.
  • Bridging exercises will bring your issues and imagination together as we use theatre games to explore more deeply what matters and why.
  • Improv Scene Work ties-in all that you’ve learned. We will improvise scenes in small and large groups, and discuss how we can use these tools to drive change in our own communities.

For this workshop you will need:

  • An Open Mind will serve you best as we’ll be working with new ideas and techniques, and discussing potentially sensitive issues.
  • Important Issues that you face in your communities, are interested in exploring, and want to find new ways to positively address.
  • Comfortable Clothes and Shoes, as we’ll be on our feet moving, bending, and shake-shaking across the Acting Studio.
  • $8 Donation: Laughing Pig Theatre is working to bring you new, exciting, and informative content at a low cost. We want your time, attention, and support most of all. Any financial support you can provide will help us deliver on our endeavors. Best of all: each full-price ticket comes with a Laughing Pig Theatre sticker!
  • A Ticket: walk-ins are welcome, but we only have about 30 seats available. RSVP here to ensure that you have a spot.

We can’t wait to see you on February 9, and at all of our future events. If you have any questions feel free to contact us here, or email us here.

 

Reflection

A Great Night of Improv!

What a great show: the crowd, the laughs, it didn’t suck! #Success

Friday, January 12, marked our inaugural event: A Night of Improv. And we at Laughing Pig couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Ok…if we had all got signed for the Daily Show or SNL, that might have been better (Trevor, Lorne: we’re out here).

Barring that improbability, it was a roaring success: about 30 guests came for the improv show, and about half of you stayed for the workshop. And we all had a great time! Based on your feedback, we’ve done just what we’ve always hoped: create a safe, inclusive space for everyone to be involved.

And for that, we owe you all a BIG THANK YOU: for showing up, for showing out, and for showing your support for local theatre arts (and the financial support is a BIG plus)!

With such a great turnout, you can bet Laughing Pig will bring you another night of improv. Between now and then join us at Mesa Arts Center’ Acting Studio for our Open Improv Jam, Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. We’ll learn basic improv skills, play different improv games, and have an opportunity to socialize and build community around our common interests: the stage…or comedy…or just being silly for a couple hours.

Coming up next from Laughing Pig Theatre:

  • February 9: Improv Techniques for Dialogue – in this 90-minute workshop Ada McCartney will share her teaching and acting expertise by training you in different ways to use improv to improve group dialogue and drive effective, critical conversations. This is a great workshop for students and educators of all levels, professional facilitators, community organizers. Really, anyone who talks to groups of people can benefit from these techniques.
  • March 9: Long Form Improv Show & Workshop: join us for another night of improv, as we delve into “long form” improv theatre. Not as widely seen on stage, these games will focus more on building the world, delivering cohesive scenes, and showing off our acting skills. But dont worry: there will be plenty of laughs to go around.
  • March 23 & 25: Laughing Pig Theatre’s Monologue Café – we’re looking for your original stories related to and inspired by experiences of sexual assault, the abuse of privilege and power, and challenging the status quo. These works will be performed March 23-25, at the Mesa Arts Center. Submissions are due January 27, 2018.

Quick S/O to AlphaGraphics for the prints and stickers that make us look good. Another S/O to Jessika Smyers for the brilliant photos she took. As always, many thanks to Mesa Arts Center for providing a space for us to play. And, again, Thank You for joining us and helping to build a community around Laughing Pig Theatre.

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Upcoming Performance

A Night of Improv! (Friday, Jan 12)

Join Laughing Pig Theatre on Friday, January 12, for our inaugural event: A Night of Improv at the Mesa Art Center’s Acting Studio!

7-8pm – IMPROV SHOW: featuring Taylor and Tony Moschetti, Tony Holt, and Ada McCartney.

8-9pm – WORKSHOP: Join us in playing many of the games from the show and exploring the fundamental tenets of improv.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN  ($5 recommended)

RSVP HERE

See you soon – LPT