TransActors

March

3 Public performance, Love Is All Around, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (8 pm). Buy tickets!

Transactors Improv continues our tradition of an annual Love Show with Love Is All Around. This year’s edition focuses on all sorts of love and not only on the romantic variety.

The two-act show will be made up of several episodes based on audience suggestions about what we love. It could be love of a person, a place, a thing, a memory, or something entirely different. Crispy Bess provides musical accompaniment for the show on the world’s most beloved instrument, the accordion.

“We Transactors love doing shows about love because the emotions and stakes run so high,” says director Greg Hohn. “This year we decided to broaden the scope of the Love Show. In these troubling times we could all benefit from sharing our love.

“And ‘Love Is All Around’ was also the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which had a big impact on many of us in the company and also featured alumni of The Second City improv theater. Both Mary Tyler Moore and her most famous character, Mary Richards, were lovely people who excelled at spreading love instead of hostility. So our show is kind of a tribute to Mary although we don’t intend to recreate her show.”

The cast for Love Is All Around includes Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Mike Beard handles technical effects.

11 Public performance, Transactors Improv for Families, Wizards and Magic, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!

In this family show Transactors will explore the world of fantasy. Think crystal balls, magic wands, and fun or creepy spells. An improv scene where people can fly and dogs can talk? Who knows? It's up to you and your imagination as we improvise scenes based on your suggestions.

The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock.

18 Public class, Be Here Now! A Day of Improv, taught by company member Anoo Tree Brod. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (11 am-4 pm). Full details here!

April

17-May 22 Public course, Improv 301, taught by company member Anoo Tree Brod. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (Mondays, 7-9 pm). Full details here!

22 Public performance, Nowhere, U.S.A., The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (8 pm). Buy tickets!

Transactors Improv presents Nowhere, U.S.A., a show about everyday people that gives the audience a chance to interview the characters.

The two-act improvised performance follows seven characters as they lead their lives in an American small town. Scenes are interspersed with interviews during which the characters take questions from the audience, thus giving the audience an opportunity to shape the characters and their experiences.

“It’s pretty rare that you get a chance to talk to characters in a play,” says director Greg Hohn. “You might ask them how they really feel about another character or some event that just happened. Or maybe you can ask the character to reveal a secret dream or a secret shame. It’s a chance to create subtext in a play that doesn’t have text. We’ve used interview formats in performances before and they’re always an adventure for both the audience and us.

“Our decision to set the show in a nowhere town stemmed from wondering what’s going on these days in the minds of people in Middle America, away from big cities and college towns.”

The cast for Nowhere, U.S.A. includes Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Glenn Mehrbach provides piano accompaniment and Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.

May

13 Public class, Be Here Now! A Day of Improv, taught by company member Anoo Tree Brod. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (11 am-4 pm). Full details here!

20 Public performance, Transactors Improv for Families, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!

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