When? Tuesday Feb 27 2018
If this is your first time: please arrive by 6:30pm
If you attended in January: 6:30 (if you want) or 7pm
We'll finish by 9pm.
Community Center of the Tualatin Marquis facility. Details, address, map etc at the end of this email. Please read to the end.
We will be practicing long-form character based improv: You pick a character and live that character for the duration of the workshop. The workshop will consist of various warmups, games, scenarios, etc. There may also be spectators who currently reside at Marquis Tualatin.
This is a free event. There is a coffee & snack bar at the Community Center and it would be a good neighbor thing if you supported it by buying a drink and/or a snack.
- In September 2018 Mask & Mirror will be staging a production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding ("TnT") which requires ~36 improv actors. This workshop allows actors and crew to experience, work with, and practice their improv skills.
- Improv is a good experience for any actor to help improve their craft.
- As we proved in our first workshop in January: it is great fun!
These will not be auditions, so you should ignore what you know about TnT. Auditions for TnT will be held in the early summer.
These are not improv classes. I maintain that you cannot teach improv, but you can practice it, which is what we will be doing.
Homework: You need to select a character and you will be expected to stay in that character for the entire workshop. Before coming to the workshop you should work on your character’s backstory. The more you know about your character the better the workshop will be (and the more fun you’ll have). Be prepared to answer backstory questions about your character, such as:
b. Where do you live? Describe the house, apartment, neighborhood, city, etc.
d. Schools attended? Graduate or not?
e. What car you drive?
f. What are your hobbies?
g. Married or not? Describe your family: siblings, parents, in-laws, etc.
h. As much other backstory as you can think of…
Ideas for your character (but you are not limited to these – choose anyone you’d like):
- Young, East Coast Italian playboy, ex-teen gang member, cleaning up his act in preparation for his wedding
- Young, gay, flamboyant East Coast Italian, sings, dances, loves show tunes
- Middle Age/Old, East Coast Italian, charismatic but sleazy, thinks he’s king, owns and runs a strip club; probably a made man (In the American Mafia, a made man is a fully initiated member of the Mafia. To become "made", an associate first has to be sponsored by another made man. An inductee will be required to take the oath of Omertà, the mafia code of silence. After the induction ceremony the associate becomes a "made man", and holds the rank of soldier (Italian: soldato) in the Mafia hierarchy.)
- Any age, any ethnicity, Catholic priest, earnest, thinks he’s hip (but he’s not), a plus if he sings (loves folk tunes) and plays guitar
- Middle Age/Old, East Coast Italian, caterer and owns an event hall, thinks (and dresses) like he’s a Catskill comic, knows every corny joke ever…
- Old East Coast Italian (older than dirt) Don; still speaks broken English slowly and moves slowly; still owns and runs a bakery, but in his youth specialized in arson and breaking knees; also a made man.
- Young, East Coast Italian bride(zilla) preparing for her wedding primarily for her Mom’s sake; only really cares about eating, dancing and drinking at the wedding; plans on changing her husband-to-be to exactly what she wants
- Middle Age, East Coast Italian Mother-of-the-Bride; everything MUST be perfect for the wedding – or else
- Young, East Coast Italian Catholic nun; very nerdy; loves folk songs; was not a virgin when she became a nun, and when she drinks she sorta regrets that she can’t have a boyfriend
- Young, any ethnicity, showgirl/stripper; hard living but with a heart of gold; loves soap operas, sewing and cooking
- Middle Age/Old, East Coast Italian; The Fixer – always has the answer to everything; a large woman, but irresistible to men; free thinker; uninhibited; standard phrase is “Is everybody happy?”
- Old East Coast Italian (older than dirt) grandmother; spry and a little crazy; she’s the Queen matchmaker, always looking to get people together and married, especially when she’s had a few drinkies
- Stay in character
- Funny is good
- “G” rating for all actions and words
- There are no mistakes other than not staying in character
- This is a friendly workshop and mutual respect of the other attendees is required. Everyone deserves everyone’s support and encouragement.
Directions: Follow Boones Ferry Road south out of Tualatin. Turn right into Nasoma Lane, and then right again into the parking lot of the Community Center. The address is 19805 SW Boones Ferry RdTualatin, OR 97062. [NW Corner of the intersection of SW Nasoma Lane and SW Boones Ferry Rd]
Here’s a map:
Here’s a picture:
There is still room in the workshop so tell your friends, forward them this message, and have them respond to Info@MaskandMirror.com if they want to attend.
Finally – (Hoping you’ve read to the end – a test to see if you follow directions) – RSVP to Info@MaskandMirror.com if you plan to attend on Feb 27.