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Columbia Arts Uptown, Freestyle Repertory Theater to Present 'TheatreSports,' Competitive Improvisation, May 5

As part of the Columbia Arts Uptown Program, on Monday, May 5, at 8:00 p.m., the Freestyle Repertory Theater will present "TheatreSports," improvisational theatre presented as a competitive sport in Alfred Lerner Hall's Black Box Theatre.

Two teams of actors challenge each other to create scenes, songs, stories and poems on the spot, based on suggestions from the audience. The audience votes on which team did the best scene in each challenge. The "referee" awards points and at the end of the match a winner is declared.

Curtain Up raves about Freestyle Repertory Theater's ability to manipulate the audience's ideas into a laugh: "The current septet of players is agile, creative and fearless." This one-hour hysterical, energetic and fun night should not be missed.

Headed by Mike Durkin and Laura Livingston, The Freestyle Repertory Theatre has a cast of seven and has been performing in New York since it's inception in 1983.

Now in its second year, Columbia's Arts Uptown program provides small theatres space for one-night performances to cultivate new work and develop new audiences from the Columbia community. Arts Uptown also serves as a liaison to the Alliance of Resident Theatres of New York to promote student discount ticket programs and arts internship opportunities for Columbia students.

The Black Box Theatre is located on the 5th floor of Alfred Lerner Hall. The performance is free. For reservations call 212-854-4902. Seating is limited.

Published: May 02, 2003
Last modified: May 01, 2003

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