TransActors

Events Calendar

February

7Public performance, The Love Show, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (8 p.m.). Admission: $14 general; $12 seniors, $10 students/ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

“Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.” - Lynda Barry

The pleasures and pains of romantic love are the theme when Transactors Improv takes The ArtsCenter stage for The Love Show. This two-act performance is wholly improvised and based on audience suggestions.

“We love The Love Show,” says director Greg Hohn. “What’s more exciting than romance, sex, and all their trappings? The stakes always seem to be so high”

The first act will consist of short, unrelated scenes, including some involving music and featuring pianist Glenn Mehrbach. Act Two will be a long form, meaning it is a short, unscripted play comprised of interrelated scenes.

“There will be kissing,” Hohn promises. “This show arose in the 90s out of our desire to create scenes involving intimacy, something improv historically struggled to do. Once we started working on intimacy it developed into a show and now it’s a company tradition.”

The cast for The Love Show includes Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.

March

8Public performance, Transactors Improv: for Families!, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (6 p.m.). Admission: $9 general; $7 seniors, $6 students and ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

April

12Public performance, From Soup to Nuts, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (8 p.m.). Admission: $14 general; $12 seniors, $10 students/ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

Transactors present From Soup to Nuts, a show with just about every kind of improv you can imagine: short, long, and medium forms. The final performance of Transactors’ main-stage season at The ArtsCenter, From Soup to Nuts is entirely unscripted and based on audience suggestions.

In the first act the audience will see some of the scenes and games that have been crowd favorites at Transactors shows for years. Included in these short, discrete scenes is a mini-musical featuring piano accompanist Glenn Mehrbach. The first act will also include a piece running 10-15 minutes (a medium form) and comprised of multiple short scenes and vignettes exploring a theme at breakneck pace.

The second act will be an improvised short play (long form), Three Words. Audience members will write adjectives on slips of paper and place them in a hat on stage before the act. Each player selects three slips and bases his or her character on those words.

“This show will challenge us to work in a lot of different ways,” says director Greg Hohn. “It should also be a lot of exciting fun, in part because there will be so many opportunities for audience members to contribute their ideas.”

The cast for From Soup to Nuts includes Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans and Dave Schmitt handle technical effects.

May

10Public performance, Transactors Improv: for Families!, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (6 p.m.). Admission: $9 general; $7 seniors, $6 students and ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.