Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gallery Players Offers a “Youdunit” Evening of Improv

When coming up with a title for the new project by Offshoot Productions’ Gallery Players improv troupe, artistic director Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D. considered "Whodunit? Youdunit!" The reasoning was that the audience plays such a large part in creating the characters, weapons and murders in the entertainment that, in a sense, they “dunit.” However, the title "Murder Off the Cuff" made the cut, and the improvised show debuts Friday, March 6 at Fayetteville’s It’s a Grind coffee house.

“All improv is a kind of contract between the audience and the actors,” says Steadman. “What makes this production different is our focus on the mystery genre which our audiences enjoy so much. All the scenes deal with conspiring to commit a crime, motivation, the victimsE2 characteristics, the deed itself, and the ensuing detective work.”

The rogue’s gallery of performers, most of whom have worked with this southside professional theatre company for years, includes Elizabeth Clausen, Andy Fleming, Kristi Israel, Paige Steadman, Chrisi Talyn, and Joey Waldrop. Usually four or five actors perform at each venue.

Dr. Steadman, a native New Yorker, has widely taught improv at universities, theatre conferences, schools and other locations in six states. She directed the first theatre program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she headed a successful improv troupe.

Tickets for the 8:00 p.m. March 6 performance are $10 each, and may be picked up in person at It’s a Grind, 1240 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville, across from Piedmont Fayette Hospital, (770) 460-1191.

They may also be purchased online with a credit card at www.offshoot.org, or by mail with checks made out to Offshoot Productions, P.O. Box 2462, Peachtree City, GA 30269.

Additional performances are slated for Atlanta Bread Company in both in Woodstock (March 22) and in Peachtree City (March 29), and at Baja’s in Newnan (April 5). The Gallery Players ensemble, now booking other engagements, is available for corporate events, parties, and
fundraisers.

For more information contact Offshoot Productions at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com.
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