19 Public performance, Transactors Improv: For Families!, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Transactors Improv: For Families!, Buy tickets!
Adventure is the theme for this show! What if you could travel through time or had a magic machine that could instantly take you anywhere in this world and even beyond? We'll explore your imagination and suggestions.
Everything is made up on the spot, and the content is appropriate for children and adults… and adults who act like children.
The cast is director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Juliet Kaplan. This 45-minute performance features short-form improv, individual scenes running 5-10 minutes.
25 Public performance, Reality Prov, Common Ground Theatre, Durham (8 pm). Buy tickets!
Transactors starts its 2015-16 main stage season with Reality Prov, an improvised performance about reality TV. Reality Prov follows five eager improvisers vying to win one special Impro-tunity. Invited to the intensive residential Improv Boot Camp, these players have to face and ace challenges put to them by their stern taskmaster.
This show has everything you want to see in reality TV: alliances and intrigue, sex and romance, crushing failures and glorious triumphs, competition and collaboration, and mountains made from molehills. It's a behind-the-scenes look at something totally fake!
The cast for this performance includes Anoo Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson.
23 Public performance, The Spooky Show, featuring music by Killer Filler, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!
The Spooky Show, Transactors’ annual improvised tribute to horror, suspense, sci-fi, and the just plain weird, returns to The ArtsCenter stage Oct. 23. Featuring a live soundtrack by instrumental rockers Killer Filler, the show is made up of five distinct episodes, each dedicated to a spooky sub-genre.
The Spooky Show both pays homage to and spoofs film and television styles and themes, ranging from classic black-and-white movies through Alfred Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone to current approaches.
The entire performance is scored by Killer Filler, the instrumental surf/rock/soul band from Hillsborough that has been delighting fans since 2004. This is the fifth collaboration between Killer Filler and Transactors, which has also included Surf Christmas.
“Exploring spooky genres isn’t typical fare for improv and that makes it both challenging and fun,” says director Greg Hohn. “We don’t play it just for laughs. I’ve gotten goose bumps in some of the scenes we’ve done and surprised audience members have come up to us after our spooky shows and told us they were really creeped out! We’ll take that as a compliment.”
The cast for The Spooky Show includes Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson. Mike Beard handles lighting and sound effects.
The Killer Filler lineup is Crispy Bess (keyboard and guitar), Bryon Settle (guitar), Greg Bowers (guitar), Steve Eisenstadt (bass), and Paco Robles (drums).
21 Public performance, Transactors Improv: For Families!, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!
4 Public performance, Holiday in Rio, featuring music by Brazilian jazz quartet Onda, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!
31 Public performance, First Night Raleigh, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center, (times TBA). More info