TransActors

November

12 Public performance, Transactors Improv: For Families!, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!

Music and dancing is the theme for November’s Transactors Improv: For Families!

Let’s all shake, move, and boogie to the beat! We'll explore the joy of dance and music and actually dance to some music for our mid-show dance break! Come join us as we improvise scenes based on your suggestions.

The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Steve Scott.

19 Public performance, Ray's Diner, Common Ground Theatre, Durham (8 pm). Buy tickets!

Ray's Diner sits on a two-lane highway just outside a small southern town. A few years after the diner opened in 1972, an Interstate highway bypassed the town. Yet Ray's persists, a haven for hungry souls: regulars and random passersby, truckers and drifters, businesspeople and families on vacation. You never know who'll wander into Ray's.

Transactors Improv serves up Ray's Diner, a long-form spontaneous theater piece conceived and directed by Steven Warnock. Joining Warnock in the cast are Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard, Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson.

December

10 Public performance, Big City Christmas, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (8 pm). Buy tickets!

Transactors Improv celebrates the holidays with Big City Christmas, a two-act show featuring improvised songs. The performance is based on audience suggestions and divided into five slice-of-life episodes with live musical accompaniment by pianist Glenn Mehrbach and drummer Rob Ladd.

“There’s something magical about holiday time in big cities,” says company director Greg Hohn. “There are so many different things and ways to celebrate. Even amidst the rush and crush of people, time seems to slow down for a while and folks are filled with friendliness and festivity. Or sometimes the craziness is merely amplified against the backdrop of colorful lights and carols.

“In this show we’ll take a look inside the lives of five different groups of people as they celebrate in five different situations. We’ll have lots of music, and everything is improvised, including the melodies, lyrics, choreography, and, of course, the story and characters.”

Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson make up the cast. Jenn Evans masters technical effects from the booth.

31 Public performance, First Night Raleigh, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center, (7:30, 9:00, and 10:30 pm). More info

January

7 Public performance, Transactors Improv: For Families!, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!

In this show we will celebrate a brand new year, adventures to come, and fun resolutions. Come join us as we improvise scenes based on your suggestions!

The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Steve Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.