Hello! Becky Hauser here. It’s been about a month since we announced that I am taking on the Artistic Director position at HUGE and, in case you haven’t heard me say it yet, I’m very excited. I’ve been working and performing at HUGE for almost 10 years now and think of it as home. First and foremost, I owe many thank yous to the Operations Team, Rita and the community as a whole for the warm welcome. I am looking forward to building on the strong foundation that HUGE has created for all of us. It’s a crazy time to be an improviser; glad we have each other.
So, what’s happening? There are a few changes to the schedule to point out:
- We will not have a 10:30 show on Friday or Saturday during the January/February run. Don’t worry if you are a Bearded Company fan, they plan to return on Fridays at 10:30p in March/April.
- Throwback night, which normally appears at the start of the year, will be rescheduled when auditions and rehearsals for large groups are possible again.
- As mentioned below, Show X is closing with a celebration on January 3. If you’re like me, this one is bittersweet. Show X has been an inspiration for a lot of us. If you find that you’re inspired to create something new for the Monday night time slot, send your ideas our way! Look for the show proposal form to open in March as usual.
And now, without further ado…
The Winter Show Schedule – January/February 2022
8:00 pm – Shuffle Play: Your Favorite Musical Groups in Rotation
Introducing a musical showcase featuring 2 of your favorite groups in 1 night! On the playlist: Drum Machine, The Feel Good About Yourself Orchestra, Lounge-asaurus Rex, Lounge Lizzy, The Other Jeannie Retelle, The Provettes and The Shrieking Harpies Present.
9:30 pm – Poems for Each Other
Theo Langason carves out space and time for connection, nostalgia and improvised songs based on beautiful memories provided by the audience.
8:00 pm – Off Book
Half-scripted, full speed ahead. It is every actor’s nightmare: getting thrown on stage to perform a play you’ve never read. That’s also the premise of Off Book. We have an actor memorize a script, then send them on stage with an improviser who has no idea what’s going on. Then we sit back and watch the magic happen.
9:30 pm – The Mess
A brand new improvised masterpiece, every Saturday night! Rita Boersma, Mike Fotis, Eric Knobel, Molly Ritchie, James Rone, and Jake Scott are The Mess.
Again & Again
Again & Again’s improvisational scenes are focused on joy and cooperative make-believe from a group that absolutely adores each other, and wants you to experience that too.
Bryce Kalal and Chris Rodriguez present their duo, BRICK!, with a magical montage of made-up nonsense.
Luke and Ash Do a Harold
The Harold is a classic long form improv format usually performed by 6-8 people. Ash Webb and Luke McDonough will be performing it with just the two of them. Partially because they have studied the form for years, but mainly because they don’t have 4-6 friends.
My Town performs a fast-paced improvised montage filled with nostalgia, mirth, and guttural sounds.