Freestyle Repertory Theatre and Columbia University 's Arts Uptown Program present "THEATRESPORTS , " on Monday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. , in the Black Box Theatre, Alfred Lerner Hall. For reservations, call 212-854-4902.
"THEATRESPORTS , " invented by Keith Johnstone, is improvisational theatre presented as an unpredictable competitive sport. Two teams of actors challenge each other to create scenes on the spot, based on audience suggestions. The audience votes on which team did the best scene in each challenge. Points are awarded by the "referee" and at the end of the match a winner is declared.
London 's "THEATRESPORTS" company was the inspiration for the original BBC version of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Former "THEATRESPORTS , " players include Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Brad Sherwood (Whose Line?), and Mark McKinney and Bruce McCollough ("Kids in the Hall").
Freestyle Rep's former "THEATRESPORTS , " players include Broadway actors John E. Brady, Gene Gabriel and Robin Miles ("The Lion King," "Take Me Out," "The Violet Hour"), television writers and producers Sam Johnson and Ellen Byron ("Frasier," "News Radio," "It's All Relative," "Wings"), and television actors Christine Farrell and Bones Rodriguez ("Law and Order").
Since its founding in 1983, Freestyle Repertory Theatre has been one of New York City 's most popular improvisational theatre companies. Although its home base is in Manhattan 's Theatre District, the company has an active tour program, which has included New York State , New Jersey , Connecticut , Massachusetts , the West Coast, England , the Netherlands , Australia , New Zealand and Canada . Freestyle Rep is the licensed "THEATRESPORTS" company in New York .
This February, Freestyle Rep will be hosting the Stanislavski Open, its citywide THEATRESPORTS , " competition, at the Trilogy Theatre in mid-town Manhattan . Improv groups and classes interested in participating are encouraged to see a performance before applying.
A $5 donation is requested at this performance.
What the press has to say about Freestyle Repertory Theatre:
"...a theatrical adventure..."
"...kooks on the loose..."
- New York Times
"…you'd be hard pressed to see anything better on Broadway."
- Daily News
"...impressed me more than anything I've seen in recent memory..."
- New York Post
"...their mission is to throw each other performance balls, build upon each other's punch lines and salvage each other's bombs."
"...laughter will inevitably explode..."
Arts Uptown 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.
For reservations for the January 26 performance of "THEATRESPORTS , " in the Black Box Theater, call 212-854-4902. A $5 donation is suggested.