July 28, 2018

I'm not saying you CAN'T start a scene in negativity and deprivation. I'm just saying that it's harder... and I'm a lazy improviser. You'd be setting up existential challenges for your audience before you even start the scene.

They'll be asking...

  • If they hate it he...

July 28, 2018

"Make Active & Positive Choices"
Elaine May & Del Close

I first read this quote in Jeffrey Sweet's seminal book Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of the Second City and the Compass Players.

I'm happy to say that since that day Jeffrey & I have become f...

July 11, 2018

"It's An Actor's Job To Justify."
 

Del Close Elaine May

This is the last of 3 principles from Elaine May & Del Close, as I read them in Jeffrey Sweet's book Something Wonderful Right Away.

As actors we're in the business of justification. 

  • We stand in a r...

July 11, 2018

"Support the physical,

& verbal reality of the scene"
Elaine May Del Close

This one takes a bit of explaining.  The first 3 of my improv tips come from Elaine May & Del Close, as I read them in Jeffrey Sweet's book Something Wonderful Right Away.

Two of those...

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