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Upcoming Shows

 

Family-Friendly Transactors Improv: The Nature Show

March 16, 6:00-7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main Street, Carrboro

We present a show all about the joys–and occasional frustrations–of nature. The beach, the mountains, constellations, clouds, birds, beasts, and plants; we’ll explore the outdoors in this fully improvised show based on your suggestions. The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steve Scott.

Audience member Alan writes, “I can’t think of a show I’ve seen recently that I’ve enjoyed more. My teenage son Tristan and I were laughing the whole time.”

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SPACE FORCE!

March 23, 8:00-9:15 PM
Monkey Bottom Collaborative, 609 Trent Drive, Durham

Transactors Improv presents the fourth episode in our new sci-fi series, SPACE FORCE! Follow the crew of the USS Us as they travel the galaxy in search of new worlds to colonize and new ways to defend freedom. SPACE FORCE! is an out-of-this-world homage to classic sci-fi TV like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica—with a timely twist and ultra-low-budget special effects.

Made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions, this episode features guests Emily Levinstone and Dan Sipp along with Transactors regulars Anoo Tree Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

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Past Shows

The Love Show Musical

February 16, 8:00-10:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro

This year’s Love Show is a musical comprised of five episodes, each focusing on romantic love at a different stage in life, from pre-teen through adolescence, adulthood, middle age, and old age. The scenes are improvised from audience suggestions and the music will be a mixture of improvised numbers as well as existing songs by the likes of Kurt Weill, John Prine, and Lennon and McCartney.

We’ve been doing shows about love for over 25 years. It’s our favorite subject because the emotions are so high, from desperation to euphoria. And most have us have experienced it, the ups, downs, and in between, so the audience identifies with what the characters. It also makes for a great Valentine’s Day date!

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

SPACE FORCE!

January 18, 8:00-9:15 PM
Monkey Bottom Collaborative, 609 Trent Dr., Durham
Transactors Improv presents the third episode in our new serial, SPACE FORCE! Follow the crew of the USS Us as they travel the galaxy in search of new worlds to colonize and new ways to defend freedom. Made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions, this episode features guests Rachel Klem and Jaybird O’Berski along with Transactors regulars Anoo Tree Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Family-Friendly Transactors Improv:
The Snow Show

January 12, 6:00-7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro

Family-Friendly Transactors Improv rings in 2019 with a show all about snow. Sledding, skiing, snowball fights, and of course, post-playing-in-the-cold-hot-chocolate-drinking.

Audience member Jen writes that her son “has officially caught the improv bug. He surprised me by volunteering to go up on stage at the Transactors family show this evening. All the way home, he said he wants to do more improv and that he loved it.”

The cast is director Anoo Tree Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Steven Warnock.

2018 Shows

Private Performance

December 21, 12:45-1:15 PM
Century Center, Carrboro

Transactors performs for the Town of Carrboro’s employee holiday party. (You too can book us for your private event!)

Christmas with the Folks Who Live on the Hill

December 7, 8:00-10:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro

Transactors Improv celebrates the season with Christmas with the Folks Who Live on the Hill, a two-act show featuring improvised songs. The performance is based on audience suggestions and divided into five episodes with live musical accompaniment by pianist Glenn Mehrbach.

Inspired by the 1937 Kern/Hammerstein song The Folks Who Live on the Hill, the show follows the changes in a family and its home through five snapshot scenes from holiday celebrations over the decades. Children, grandchildren, in laws, neighbors, and friends come and go during good and bad times, weaving multi-hued threads in the tapestry of the family’s life.

Anoo Tree Brod, director 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.

SPACE FORCE! – episode 2

November 17, 8:00-9:15 PM
Monkey Bottom Collaborative, 609 Trent Dr., Durham
Transactors Improv presents the second episode in our new serial, SPACE FORCE! Follow the crew of the USS Us as they travel the galaxy in search of new worlds to colonize and new ways to defend freedom. Made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions, this episode features guest actors Thaddaeus Edwards and Lisa Jolley along with Transactors regulars Anoo Tree Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Family-Friendly Transactors Improv: The Nom Nom Show

November 10, 6:00-7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Let’s get ready for Thanksgiving! Whether you like turkey, Tofurkey, or beef jerky, we’ll keep you laughing with scenes about your favorite foods as well as the family, friends, fun, and frantic nature of the holiday. The show is fully improvised, appropriate for all ages, and based on your suggestions. The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson.

“Amazing, engaging, charming, hilarious entertainment… The only complaint I could possibly have is that it will be over too soon.” -Audience member Annabel

The Spooky Show

October 27, 8:00-10:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
An all-improvised performance that focuses on suspense, eeriness, and mystery. The show is comprised of five distinct episodes, each based on audience suggestions and featuring musical accompaniment by pianist Glenn Mehrbach. We’ll delve into the odd and inexplicable, dreams, obsessions, uneasiness, and mortality. It should be good, weird fun and very different from your average improv show.

The cast includes Anoo Tree Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans is technician.

Family-Friendly Transactors Improv: Back to School!

September 29, 6:00-7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Family-Friendly Transactors Improv presents “Back to School!” We’ll explore, enjoy, and laugh at all things scholastic in this improv show. Math, spelling, recess, art, home school, public school, and private school… We got you covered! The show is fully improvised, appropriate for all ages, and based on your suggestions.
The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard and Steven Warnock.

SPACE FORCE! – premier

September 22, 8:00-9:15 PM
Monkey Bottom Collaborative, 609 Trent Dr., Durham
Transactors Improv presents a new series, SPACE FORCE! Follow the crew of the USS Us as they travel the galaxy in search of new worlds to colonize. Each episode is made up on the spot, based on audience suggestions, and features guest performers.

Family-Friendly Transactors Improv – Girl Power

July 14, 2018 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Girl power is the theme for this family show. Our all-female cast will explore and celebrate all kinds of women. Whether she’s your mom, your sister, Oprah, Queen Elizabeth, Beyonce, or your hilarious grandma, we’ve got you covered. The show is fully improvised and based on your suggestions. The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Transactors Improv for Families: Dancing with Daffodils

May 19, 2018 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Transactors Improv for Families presents “Dancing with Daffodils.” Celebrating Spring is the theme for this all-ages show. Get ready to move, shake, and party for warm weather, barbecues, and nature walks! This performance is made up on the spot and based on your suggestions. The cast is director Anoo Tree Brod, Steve Scott, and Steven Warnock.

Family Vacation

May 12, 2018 at 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, Durham, North Carolina 27705
An homage to the wonderful and trying road trips we take with our immediate kin, “Family Vacation” follows different families as they make their ways to and from their holiday destinations. This one-act unscripted show is based on audience suggestions.

Guest performers Will Purpura and Julie Sink join company members Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard, director Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson in the cast. Jenn Evans provides technical support.

This show is at Walltown Children’s Theater but is intended for adult audiences and should be considered PG-13.

Past Present

May 19, 2018 at 8:00 – 10:00 PM
The ArtsCenter300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Transactors Improv winds up its ArtsCenter season with “Past Present,” a show about how childhood and adulthood are inextricably linked. The two-act performance is improvised from audience suggestions.

Who we were as kids largely determines who we are as adults. Our childhoods presage our social, professional, and family lives as we move with or react against the forces that shaped us.

Of course, in typically weird Transactors fashion, we will start with adult characters and then try to figure out who they must have been as children.

The cast for “Past Present” includes Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.

Uber Reaction

May 12, 2018 at 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, Durham, North Carolina 27705
The improvised story line follows characters as they Uber to a location and meet new characters. Then the story follows those new characters as they Uber to a new location and meet more new characters. And so on and so on, all set during a single night.

It’s an additive improv form similar to and inspired by the Richard Linklater film “Slacker” with the audience providing the locations for the characters to visit.

The cast includes co-directors Greg Hohn and Steven Warnock, Anoo Tree Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Steve Scott along with guests Lindsay Harvath and Will Purpura. Jenn Evans handles the technical end of the show.

Although this show is at Walltown Children’s Theater, it is intended for adults and should be considered PG-13.

Transactors Improv for Families: The Green Show

March 17, 2018 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
This performance is made up on the spot and based on your suggestions. This month’s theme is “Green”: St. Patricks Day, Spring’s green shoots beginning to sprout, and even green cartoon characters like The Hulk deserve a little love! The cast is director Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Juliet Kaplan.

The Five Ages of Love

February 10, 2018 at 8:00 – 10:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Transactors Improv continues their annual Love Show tradition with “The Five Ages of Love.” The performance is five episodes improvised from audience suggestions and will, as always, involve lots of kissing.

“Shakespeare identified the seven ages of man and there are ages of love as well, from first attraction to coming to terms with its ending,” says director Greg Hohn. “Each episode will focus on a stage of relationship and be prefaced with a song about falling into or out of love.

“We Transactors love doing scenes and shows about love. The stakes are so high and almost everyone can identify with having their heart filled with or broken by love.”

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

Winter

January 20, 2018 at 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, Durham, North Carolina 27705
Transactors Improv presents “Winter” at Walltown Children’s Theater. This fully improvised one-act play is based on audience suggestions. While the performance takes place at Walltown Children’s Theatre, it is intended for adult audiences and should be considered PG-13.

Winter is a time for longing. In the darkness we face that which is easily overlooked when the days are warm and bright. Where do we find our light when the winter seems endless? How do we maintain faith that spring will come? This show will follow seven characters from different societal statuses as they explore these questions.

Anoo Tree Brod and Juliet Kaplan codirect the piece and appear in the cast along with Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.

How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!
-Thomas Wentworth Higginson, American author (1823-1911)

Transactors Improv for Families: The Snow Show

January 13, 2018 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Transactors Improv for Families rings in 2018 with a show all about snow. Sledding, skiing, snowball fights, and of course, post-playing-in-the-cold hot-chocolate-drinking. The content is appropriate for children (K-8), adults, and adults who act like children. This performance is made up on the spot and based on your suggestions. The cast is director Anoo Tree Brod, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

2017 Shows

Holiday Homecoming - December 15, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Transactors Improv celebrates the season with “Holiday Homecoming,” 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 violinist Trev Wignall.

“Whatever your religion or lack thereof may be, the holidays are usually about home,” says director Greg Hohn. “We seem to be heading there or waiting for others to arrive to celebrate the various things we celebrate. Sometimes we’re just going home in our minds to a simpler time in the past or a better time in the future.”

“In this show we’ll take a look inside the lives of five different groups of people in five different situations as they try to find home. 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, Jane Allen Wilson, and guest actor Hayley Hansen make up the cast. Jenn Evans masters technical effects from the booth.

The Spooky Show - November 4, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Transactors Improv celebrates Halloween season with “The Spooky Show,” an all-improvised performance that focuses on eeriness, suspense, and mystery. The show is comprised of five distinct episodes, each based on audience suggestions and featuring musical accompaniment by guitarist Mario Arnez.

“This year’s show marks a departure from our recent Halloween performances in that we’re exploring spooky themes instead of satirizing spooky genres,” says company director Greg Hohn. “So we’ll delve into the odd and unexplainable, dreams, obsessions, uneasiness, and mortality. It should be good, weird fun and very different from your average improv show.”

Now in its 35th season, Transactors Improv strives to wed improvisation and theater with an emphasis on emotional reality, three-dimensional characters, compelling storylines, and physicality.

The cast for “The Spooky Show” includes Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles technical effects.

The Last Resort - September 15, 2017

Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, Durham, North Carolina 27705
It’s the final weekend of summer in a tourist town. The visitors are heading back to their real lives while the locals get ready for their home to turn back into a ghost town. What will they squeeze out of the last few hours of summer?

Transactors Improv begins its 35th season with “The Last Resort,” an unscripted show based on audience suggestions. This long-form piece is basically an improvised one-act play. While the performance takes place at Walltown Children’s Theatre, it is intended for adult audiences and should be considered PG-13.

The cast includes Anoo Tree Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.

Transactors Improv for Families: Talents and Hobbies - September 9, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
This 45-minute fully improvised show based on audience suggestions is about special talents, from singing to spelling to playing video games. The content is appropriate for children (K-8), adults, and adults who act like children. The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Transactors Improv for Families: Go Jump in a Lake! - July 22, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Beaches, swimming, tubing, and floating… We’ll explore the fun of water activities and watery places on hot summer days. Come ready to give your suggestions; we use them to make up scenes on the spot. This Transactors for Families show is fully improvised and appropriate for all ages. The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Steven Warnock.

One Night in Durham - June 3, 2017

Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham, North Carolina 27
Transactors Improv presents “One Night in Durham” at Manbites Dog Theater as part of the theater’s Other Voices series. The show will not only take place in the Bull City but will also have Durham and its denizens as its theme. Based on audience suggestions, the performance will be entirely made up on the spot.

“One Night in Durham” will include short, stand-alone scenes as well as an extended piece that is basically a one-act play. This long form will follow characters as they intermingle on a single night in the vibrant, evolving, and unique city that is Durham.

Transactors Improv features Anoo Tree Brod, director Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles light, sound, and stage management.

Transactors Improv for Families: Summer is Coming! - May 20, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
In this Transactors for Families all-ages show we’ll celebrate being on the brink of summer and explore the fun of barbecues, cookouts, and family gatherings. Come ready to give your suggestions, which we’ll use to make up scenes on the spot! The cast is director Anoo Tree Brod, Steve Scott, and Steven Warnock.

Nowhere, USA - April 22, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
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.

Transactors Improv for Families: Wizards and Magic - March 11, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
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.

Love Is All Around - March 3, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Transactors Improv continues their tradition of an annual Love Show with “Love Is All Around” at The ArtsCenter, March 3. 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.

Transactors Improv for Families - January 14, 2017

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
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. Kids love our family shows and adults dig them too! The cast includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson.

2016 Shows

Big City Christmas – December 10, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Transactors Improv celebrates the holidays with “Big City Christmas,” a two-act show featuring improvised songs, Dec. 10 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. The performance is based on audience suggestions and divided into five slice-of-life episodes with live musical accompaniment by pianist Glenn Mehrbach.

“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.

Ray’s Diner – November 19, 2016

Common Ground Theater
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. Mike Beard improvises technical effects.

Transactors Improv for Families – November 12, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
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.

Transactors Halloween Improv: For Families! – October 29, 2016

Common Ground Theater
It’s a special Halloween version of “Transactors Improv: For Families!” We will explore all things delightfully spooky, magical, and scaaaary. This show is completely improvised and based on YOUR suggestions! Come dressed in a costume and you might get called up on stage for a scene!

The cast for this Halloween show includes director Anoo Tree Brod, Bart Hubbard and Juliet Kaplan.

The Scary Show – October 22, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
“The Scary Show,” Transactors’ annual improvised tribute to horror, suspense, sci-fi, and the just plain weird, returns to The ArtsCenter stage. 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 Scary 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.

The Wizard of Odds – September 23, 2016

Common Ground Theater
Almost all of us are familiar with “The Wizard of Oz,” a tale in which four travelers seek things they’ve had all along. In this spin on the concept, the wizard is a therapist visited by individuals looking for what’s missing in their lives. Maybe these characters already have what they’re seeking, maybe they don’t need it, or maybe something utterly unexpected will happen.

Based on audience suggestions, this performance is made up on the spot by the south’s longest-running improv theater as it begins its 34th season.

Special guest Deb Aronin joins company regulars Anoo Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and Steven Warnock in the cast.

Transactors Improv: For Families! – September 10, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
“Choose Your Adventure” is the theme. Turn right to play with the dinosaurs or turn left to explore a haunted mansion. We’ll explore all things adventure as we travel anywhere your imagination—and suggestions—can take us! The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Steve Scott.

Transactors Improv: For Families! – July 9, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Summer camp, canoeing, campfires, and s’mores! In this family show we’ll explore the outdoor world and all the fun stuff there is to do at this time of year. It’s family-friendly improv that’s completely made up on the spot and based on your suggestions. The cast features director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock.

Transactors Improv: For Families! – May 21, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Books are the theme for the Transactors Improv: For Families! show May 21. Come ride the magic carpet into your imagination as we dive into the world of books and all the places they can take us! We’ll explore all things books: our favorites, short ones and long ones, serious and funny, and more. The cast features director Anoo Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Steve Scott.

City Life – April 30, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Transactors Improv wraps up its main-stage season with “City Life,” a show about thriving and surviving in a major urban area. Featuring improvised songs, the two-act performance is based on audience suggestions and divided into five slice-of-life episodes.

Over the years we Transactors have done lots of shows about small-town life but this is our first that focuses on the challenges and rewards of the big city. Strange and wonderful things happen to people when you cram a lot of them into a relatively small space.

Of course we’ve done a lot of improvised music over the years and this show gives us a chance to continue the work we pioneered in this region. We’re very fortunate to have pianist Glenn Mehrbach as our accompanist.

The company welcomes longtime member Steven Warnock (2001-14) back into the fold for City Life. He is joined in the cast by Anoo Brod, director Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson. Mike Beard is in charge of lights and sound.

Transactors Improv: For Families! – March 19, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
March Madness is the theme as we get sporty! (Well, in an improv kind of way at least.) We’ll explore aspects of sports like competition, winning and losing, and being a team player, along with many other things you may love–or hate–about sports. The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steve Scott.

Oscar Night – March 5, 2016

Common Ground Theater
Transactors Improv spoofs the Academy Awards, complete with walking the red carpet, celebrity interviews, and competition for awards, with “Oscar Night.”

But the Oscars aren’t the only thing on imaginary TV this night; Transactors will channel surf as well and you may find yourself suddenly watching ESPN, Lifetime, or a reality show! It’s just like watching the Oscars on TV, only it’s live, all made up on the spot, and doesn’t last six hours!

Anoo Brod and Juliet Kaplan co-direct the show and are joined in the cast by Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Jane Allen Wilson, and guest Deb Aronin.

The Love Show – February 6, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
It’s time again to ride the Love Rollercoaster with Transactors, the longest-running improv theater in the South. The Love Show, the company’s annual improvised look at the ups and downs of romantic love, is Feb. 6 at The ArtsCenter.

The two-act show will be made up of several episodes about characters looking for love. Will they find the love of their lives, have their hearts crunched, or experience something in between? Featuring live music, the performance is spontaneous, unscripted, and based on audience suggestions.

“Nothing brings us greater joy—or sorrow—than romantic love,” says director Greg Hohn. “The stakes are so high and that makes for rich scenes and lots of comedic potential. Improvisers love playing situations that are fraught with risk.”

The cast for The Love Show includes Anoo Brod, Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson. Glenn Mehrbach is the piano accompanist and Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.

Transactors Improv: For Families! – January 16, 2016

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
“Surprises” is the theme for our first family show of 2016. It’s a new year full of new experiences waiting to happen. Join us as we explore different types of fun surprises, like parties, adventures, and gifts! The cast is director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Jane Allen Wilson.

2015 Shows

Transactors Improv: For Families! - December 26, 2015

It’s the Day-After-Christmas-Pajama-Show! Come celebrate Boxing Day with us in your pajamas. We’ll explore topics such as favorite gifts, foods, and ways to celebrate as well as what you are most looking forward to in 2016. This show will be fully improvised, made up on the spot, and based on your suggestions!

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

Holiday in Rio - December 4, 2015

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510

It’s “Holiday in Rio,” a holiday show about escaping the holidays! Follow several characters as they flee winter and traditional celebrations for warmth and adventure in Rio de Janeiro. What are they running from and what will they run into? This show is based on audience suggestions and set to the bossa nova soundtrack of Onda (http://www.ondaband.com/), the Brazilian jazz quartet.

“This show was inspired by a couple of things,” explains director Greg Hohn. “I heard Onda playing this summer and found their music to be so wonderfully performed and evocative that I immediately wanted to find an opportunity for Transactors to collaborate with them.

“Then I remembered that last year we Transactors were discussing what we loved about Christmas and winter and one of us mentioned hating it and wanting to get away. So pair that with wanting to work with Onda and voila! After all, most of us could use a little balminess in December anyway, right?”

Although it’s improvised, this performance will seem much more like a play than a series of games or sketches.

Transactors first began working in this style, called long form, in 1995 and the company prides itself on its storytelling and theatrical aesthetic.

Onda (the Portuguese word for “wave”) creates a distinctive sound playing arrangements of songs which are rarely performed elsewhere. Formed in April 2014, Onda brings together experienced musicians who share a passion for both Brazilian jazz and musical exploration. The quartet features Stephen Coffman (vibraphone), Nelson Johns (guitar), Eric Meyer (upright bass), and Josh Stohl (percussion).

The cast for Holiday in Rio includes Anoo Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans improvises technical effects.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - November 21, 2015

“Thank you, Earth” is the theme for this family show. Birds, bees, pets, flowers, trees; there’s so much on our beautiful planet to be thankful for and we’ll explore them and more in our pre-Thanksgiving, fully improvised, made up on the spot, based-on-your-suggestions show! The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Juliet Kaplan.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - October 31, 2015

It’s a special Halloween version of Transactors Improv: For Families! We will explore all things delightfully spooky, magical, and scaaaary. This show is completely improvised and based on YOUR suggestions! Come dressed in a costume and you might get called up on stage to join us for a scene! The cast for this Halloween show includes director Anoo Brod, Juliet Kaplan, and Jane Allen Wilson.

The Spooky Show - October 23, 2015

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510

“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).

Reality Prov - September 23, 2015

Common Ground Theater

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.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - September 19, 2015

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.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - June 13, 2015

It’s hot outside; cool down with “Transactors Improv: For Families!” Family-friendly and based on your suggestions, this show is sure to tickle and delight audience members of all ages. Director Bart Hubbard is joined in the cast by Jane Allen Wilson and Steve Scott.

“(Our 10-year-old) is still quoting from the Transactors show… How nice to see a show that was absolutely appropriate and entertaining for her age and fun for the parents as well!” writes one happy parent.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - May 16, 2015

“Dreaming of Fireflies, Baseball, and Camp” is the theme for the May “Transactors Improv: For Families!” show. We gear up for the special joys of summer: days that seem to last forever filled with sun, swimming, beach trips, and camping. We base this fully improvised show on YOUR suggestions. The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson.

On Line In Love - May 1, 2015

Common Ground Theater

Modern romance calls for modern measures—like online dating. Transactors Improv explores this phenomenon up close and personal in “On Line In Love”

Can you find love online? How do you present yourself in the best way? Are people being honest? Is there such a thing as online chemistry? And what happens when you finally meet in person?

“On Line In Love” will follow a few lonely and hopeful hearts as they experience joys, tribulations, and possibly revelations. You’ll cringe as the characters have awkward dates, giggle during the goofy ones, and maybe even sigh at a romantic one.

This new show is conceived and directed by Anoo Brod and Bart Hubbard, who are both fascinated by dating stories, whether told by friends or on television like “The Bachelor” or “Millionaire Matchmaker.”

The cast for “On Line In Love” includes guests Shay Hall and Tamara Kissane, along with Transactors regulars Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Case Kaplan, Stephen G Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles lighting and sound effects.

Last Words - April 11, 2015

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510

No, Transactors Improv isn’t going the way of the dodo. Instead Last Words is the theme for this two-act show.

Act one is short, unconnected scenes and the second part is an extended piece that lends its name to the show. In this form, the company will use audience members’ suggestions of what that they think or hope will be in their obituaries—and what will be left out. Each suggestion taken will be the basis for one of the six short episodes that comprise the form.

What will people say about you when you’re gone? What will your legacy be? You can find out without having to die by coming to see Transactors on April 11!

Special guest Eric Singdahlsen joins the company as both piano accompanist and as an actor. The rest of the cast includes Anoo Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans masters technical effects from the booth.

Ray's Diner - March 20, 2015

Common Ground Theater

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 by Steven Warnock. Bart Hubbard makes his directorial debut with the company. Joining Hubbard in the cast are Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Juliet Case Kaplan, Stephen G Scott, and guests Chiffy Eisner and Tamara Kissane.

Some of the characters from previous Ray’s Diner shows may return, but no backstory knowledge is needed to enjoy the story that will unfold at this show.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - March 14, 2015

Transactors Improv: For Families! returns to The ArtsCenter with the theme “MARCH to the Beat of Your Own Drum: Fly Your Freak Flag!” This made-up-on-the-spot show is intended for families with kids in grades K-8. Like old Bugs Bunny cartoons, it’s aimed at younger audiences but has lots to amuse grownups too. The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Juliet Kaplan.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - February 14, 2015

Our TAFFY shows have been such a hit that we are expanding from our home at the ArtsCenter to Common Ground Theatre in Durham.

Come celebrate love with us in this special 1-time Valentines Day show:

BE MINE–OR ELSE..

“Shane (age 6) has officially caught the improv bug. He surprised me by volunteering to go up on stage at the show this evening. All the way home, he said he wants to do more improv and that he loved it.” Jen Kelley

“I can’t’ think of a show I’ve seen recently that I’ve enjoyed more. My teen-aged son Tristan and I were laughing the whole time.” Alan Goldstein

Made-up-on-the-spot and intended for families with kids in grades K-8. Like old Bugs Bunny cartoons, it’s aimed at younger audiences but has lots to amuse grownups too.

The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steve Scott.

The Love Show - February 7, 2015

The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510

It’s time to climb aboard the love roller coaster! The Love Show is an improvised look at the ups and downs of romantic relationships. Are we screaming from joy, fear, or something else?

The two-act show features short and long improvised scenes, all based on audience suggestions and all focused on love. The first act is unrelated scenes, featuring music with pianist Glenn Mehrbach. The second part is a long form, an unscripted play comprised of interrelated scenes.

“Romantic love brings out the best—and worst—in all of us,” says director Greg Hohn. “What could be more important and risky? It’s a playground for improvisers. Plus we get to kiss each other a lot.”

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

Transactors Improv: For Families! - January 10, 2015

“Transactors Improv: For Families!” returns to The ArtsCenter with the theme “2015: Dreaming, Playing and Adventures for the New Year.”

This made-up-on-the-spot show is intended for families with kids in grades K-8. Like old Bugs Bunny cartoons, it’s aimed at younger audiences but has lots to amuse grownups too.

The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steve Scott.

2014 Shows

Going/Home: An Improv Show About Being There and Getting There for the Holidays - December 19, 2014

Transactors Improv presents Going/Home: An Improv Show About Being There and Getting There for the Holidays, Dec. 19 at The ArtsCenter. This two-act show features live musical accompaniment by Fred Jacobowitz (clarinet), Rob Ladd (drums), and musical director Glenn Mehrbach (piano).

“Whatever your religion or lack thereof may be, the holidays are usually about home,” says director Greg Hohn. “We seem to be heading there or waiting for others to arrive to celebrate the various things we celebrate. Sometimes we’re just going home in our minds to a simpler time in the past or a better time in the future.

“The audience will follow numerous characters and their storylines as they reunite with family for the holidays. While not being an out-and-out musical, the show will have lots of music, including singing by the actors. Everything is improvised, including the melodies, lyrics, and choreography.”

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

Transactors Improv: For Families! - November 29, 2014

“I’m Stuffed–Let’s Play,” our Thanksgiving-themed family show, will focus on eating lots and playing more! This 45-minute performance features short improv scenes based on YOUR suggestions. The content is appropriate for children (K-8) and adults–and adults who act like children.

Audience member Jen writes, “Shane has officially caught the improv bug. He surprised me by volunteering to go up on stage at the Transactors for Families show this evening. All the way home, he said he wants to do more improv and that he loved it.”

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

Return to Ray's Diner - November 22, 2014

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.

The diner, one long room with booths and a counter with fixed stools, is clean but hasn’t been renovated since it opened its doors. The town may be small but Ray’s is a gateway to a larger world.

Transactors’ first visit to Ray’s in September was a great success. “We did some very sophisticated group work and I think we also invented a new way to edit scenes, imitating video fast-forward,” says company director Greg Hohn. “We also had a lot of fun and, judging by their response, so did the audience.”

Transactors Improv serves up Ray’s Diner, a long-form spontaneous theater piece conceived and directed by company member Steven Warnock. Joining Warnock in the cast will be Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Jane Allen Wilson, and guests Tamara Kissane and Rick Skarbez.

There is no late seating for this show.

The Scary Show - October 25, 2014

Transactors Improv tries to give you a wicked case of the willies with “The Scary Show.” This all-improvised show is made up of five distinct episodes, each focusing on horror, suspense, the macabre, or the plain old weird.

“The Scary 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 more modern approaches.

Each episode is scored by Killer Filler, the instrumental surf/rock/soul band from Hillsborough that has been delighting fans since 2004. This is the fourth collaboration between Killer Filler and Transactors.

“Working with horror and suspense is challenging and a lot of fun,” says director Greg Hohn. “I’ve gotten goose bumps in some of the scenes we’ve done and audience members have come up to us after our scary shows and told us they were really creeped out!”

The cast for The Scary Show includes guests Tamara Kissane and Juliet Kaplan, along with Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans 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).

FUNdraiser with the FRIENDS of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series - September 25, 2014

Transactors will be performing as part of a FUNdraiser with the FRIENDS of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series this Thursday, September 25!

Doors open at 7:00 pm and the performance begins at 8:00. Your ticket includes a complimentary drink and butlered hors d¹oeuvres. There’s also a cash bar.

Visit ECUARTS.COM or call 252-328-4788.

Ray's Diner - September 20, 2014

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.

The diner, one long room with booths and a counter with fixed stools, is clean but hasn’t been renovated since it opened its doors. The town may be small but Ray’s is a gateway to a larger world.

Transactors Improv serves up “Ray’s Diner,” a long-form spontaneous theater piece conceived and directed by company member Steven Warnock. Joining Warnock in the cast will be Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, and guests Shay Hall, Juliet Kaplan, and Rachel Klem.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - September 13, 2014

“Talents, Hobbies, and Time-Wasters: Showing Off!”
This 45-minute fully improvised show is based on YOUR suggestions and will focus ont special talents…from singing to spelling to playing video games! Appropriate for children (K-8), adults, and adults who act like children..

Audience member Jen writes, “Shane has officially caught the improv bug. He surprised me by volunteering to go up on stage at the Transactors for Families show this evening. All the way home, he said he wants to do more improv and that he loved it.”

The cast is Bart Hubbard, director Anoo Tree Brod and Dan Sipp.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - August 16, 2014

“Paper, Pencils, and the Playground–It’s Time for School!” is a 45-minute performance featuring short improvised scenes based on audience suggestions. The content is appropriate for children (K-8), adults, and adults who act like children.

Audience member Jen writes, “Shane has officially caught the improv bug. He surprised me by volunteering to go up on stage at the Transactors for Families show this evening. All the way home, he said he wants to do more improv and that he loved it.”

The cast is Bart Hubbard, director Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Family Vacation - May 16, 2014

Transactors get ready for summer break by presenting “Family Vacation,” an homage to the wonderful and trying long auto trips we take with our immediate kin. This improvised piece will be based on audience suggestions.

The show features guest performers Shay Hall, Juliet Kaplan, Rachel Klem, Dana Marks, Jay O’Berski, Dan Sipp, and Rick Skarbez, along with the usual Transactors crew: Anoo Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

There is no late seating for this show.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - May 10, 2014

Transactors Improv: For Families! returns to The ArtsCenter on Sat., May 10. This energetic, fun show will entertain adults, children, and everyone in-between. Be prepared for hilarity, but also be prepared to watch improv games made up on the spot based on your suggestions!

Audiences continue to say nice things about Transactors Improv: For Families!

“Amazing, engaging, charming, hilarious entertainment… The only complaint I could possibly have is that it will be over too soon.” – Annabel Stehli

“I can’t think of a show I’ve seen recently that I’ve enjoyed more. My teen-aged son Tristan and I were laughing the whole time.” – Alan Goldstein

The cast for Transactors Improv: For Families! includes Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock.

Appropriate for children age 6 and above.

From Soup to Nuts - April 12, 2014

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.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - March 8, 2014

Transactors Improv: For Families! returns to The ArtsCenter on Saturday, March 8 with the theme: Spring is Sprouting. This energetic, fun show will entertain adults, children, and everyone in-between! Be prepared for hilarity, but also be prepared to watch improv games made up on the spot based on YOUR suggestions.

Audiences continue to say nice things about Transactors Improv: For Families!

“Amazing, engaging, charming, hilarious entertainment… The only complaint I could possibly have is that it will be over too soon,” Annabel Stehli

“Marleigh (age 10) is STILL quoting from the Transactors show… how nice to see a show that was absolutely appropriate and entertaining for her age AND fun for the parents as well!” Page Purgar

The cast for Transactors Improv: For Families! includes Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Dan Sipp.

The Love Show - February 7, 2014

“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.

Eric, The Show - January 24, 2014

Transactors Improv is thrilled to welcome guest performer Eric Singdahlsen, a company member from 1996 to 2000, to the Common Ground stage. Eric will travel from the DC area to perform with his old mates. Come join this fun evening of long-form improv in which you, the audience, get to interview the characters during the show! The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Mike Beard, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - January 11, 2014

An energetic, fun show that will entertain adults, children, and everyone in-between! This 45-minute performance features improv based on your suggestions! Made up on the spot and appropriate for all ages. The cast for Transactors Improv: For Families! includes Anoo Brod, Dan Sipp, and Steven Warnock.

2013 Shows

First Night Raleigh - December 31, 2013

Transactors Improv has been performing at First Night Raleigh for over a decade. We’re back in the Fletcher Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts with shows at 7:30, 9:00, and 10:15 pm.

Holiday Musical Extravaganza - December 7, 2013

Transactors Improv presents its biggest show of the year, “Holiday Musical Extravaganza.” This two-act improvised show in the style of Broadway musicals features Fred Jacobowitz (clarinet), Rob Ladd (drums), and musical director Glenn Mehrbach (piano) along with guest improvisers Ashley Melzer and Rick Skarbez.

“This year’s musical focuses on journeys,” says director Greg Hohn. “They could be literal or metaphorical. A lot of people find themselves on the road at this time of year and they’re often traveling in time too as they recall holidays past or think about the new year and the future. It’s a time when we often reflect on changes in our lives.”

The show will be a unified story rather than short, disconnected scenes. Everything is improvised, including the melodies, lyrics, and choreography.

Transactors resurrected their holiday musical tradition last year after taking a few years away from it. The show featured a drunken Santa, naughty children, a gay firefighter finding acceptance in the firehouse, a granny in prison, a hot fire dance, a happy ending, and a roaring finale that had the audience singing along with the cast—no small task when you’re making it up as you go along.

“We’re so happy to have Ashley and Rick back with us this year,” Hohn says of Melzer and Skarbez, who are regulars at DSI in Carrboro. Transactors members Anoo Brod, Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson make up the rest of the cast. Mike Beard masters technical effects from the booth.

“The three-piece orchestra makes up in talent and energy for what they lack in size,” adds Hohn.

Musical director Glenn Mehrbach first worked with Transactors in 2000. Formerly musical director for cabaret chanteuse Andrea Marcovicci, and pianist and arranger for Carolina Ballet, Glenn is currently Music Director at Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, Music Performance Instructor at Camelot Academy in Durham, and Staff Associate in the Music and Theatre departments at Duke University.

Drummer Rob Ladd has a resume as long as your arm with a drumstick in it. He has played on recordings by and on tour with artists including Roger Daltrey, Susanna Hoffs, Alanis Morissette, Tom Paxton, the Red Clay Ramblers, and the Pressure Boys.

Clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz received bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School and made his New York Debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Hall) as winner of the Artists International Competition. After establishing a career in New York, Jacobowitz became Principal Clarinetist in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (1989-2002). He is equally at home in the worlds of classical, jazz, folk, and klezmer. He has performed as recitalist and soloist throughout the US and Canada and in Panama.

The Explorers - November 22, 2013

Take a trip to a strange place with unusual inhabitants and unexpected customs. It could be a primitive, futuristic, or contemporary society we visit. The audience plots a course for adventure with its suggestions. Transactors Improv returns to Common Ground Theatre for the second installment of “The Explorers” Nov. 22.

“Our first episode of this show had our explorers visiting a primitive culture in which the denizens couldn’t bend their arms and were too close. Later they encountered residents of the neighboring village who couldn’t straighten their arms and were too far. It all ended reasonably well with a death offset by an onstage birth,” reports director Greg Hohn.

The cast for The Explorers includes former Transactor (1997-2006) Steve Scott, who returns to the company as a full member in this show, along with Mike Beard, Anoo Brod, director Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - November 16, 2013

An energetic, fun show that will entertain adults, children, and everyone in-between! This 45-minute performance features short-form improv -– individual scenes running 5 to 10 minutes and based on audience 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 for Transactors Improv: For Families! includes Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock with Mike Beard improvising technical effects.

Day of the Dead Show - November 1, 2013

Transactors Improv tries to give you a wicked case of the willies with “Day of the Dead,” featuring instrumental rockers Killer Filler. This all-improvised show is made up of five distinct episodes, each focusing on horror, suspense, the macabre, or the plain old weird.

“Day of the Dead” will draw heavily on film and television themes and forms, ranging from classic black-and-white horror movies through Alfred Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone to slasher pics and works based on the writing of Stephen King and others.

All of it will have the instrumental surf/rock/soul backing of Killer Filler, the Hillsborough-based band that has been delighting fans since 2004. This is the third collaboration between Killer Filler and Transactors.

“Working with horror and suspense is challenging and a lot of fun,” says director Greg Hohn. “I’ve gotten goose bumps in some of the scenes we’ve done and one of the best compliments we’ve received is when someone came up to us after a show and said, ‘That was really creepy!’ The show is both an homage to and spoof of horror forms and it’s also about fear and how we like to savor it sometimes.”

The cast for “Day of the Dead” includes special guest Jeffrey Moore along with Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steven Warnock, 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).

The Explorers - October 4, 2013

Take a trip to a strange place with unusual inhabitants and unexpected customs. It could be a primitive, futuristic, or contemporary society we visit. The audience plots a course for adventure with its suggestions.

Transactors Improv presents “The Explorers” Oct. 4 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham. This show is a “pilot” for a potential Transactors improvised stage series.

“Reading about Alexander von Humboldt’s explorations in South America in the early 1800s inspired this show,” says director Greg Hohn. “What must it have been like to encounter completely foreign people, animals, and environments? More recently NASA’s Voyager 1 left the solar system and that opened up even more possibilities for us.”

Hohn adds, “The theme of exploration really fits for us too because we’re not sure what we’ll find as we discover the piece itself. It might be a spoof, it might contain social commentary, or it could be a mixture of any number of elements. It will definitely have some funny elements if our experiments in rehearsal are any indication.”

The cast for “The Explorers” will include Transactors regulars Mike Beard, Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - September 21, 2013

An energetic, fun show that will entertain adults, children, and everyone in-between! This 45-minute performance features short-form improv -– individual scenes running 5 to 10 minutes and based on audience 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 for Transactors Improv: For Families! includes Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock with Mike Beard improvising technical effects.

Transactors Improv: For Families! - August 17, 2013

An energetic, fun show that will entertain adults, children, and everyone in-between! This 45-minute performance features short-form improv -– individual scenes running 5 to 10 minutes and based on audience 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 for Transactors Improv: For Families! includes Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock with Mike Beard improvising technical effects.

Transactors 30th-Anniversary Reunion Show - May 31, 2013

Transactors Improv continues to celebrate turning 30 with a reunion of current and former company members in a performance at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Comprised of two acts of spontaneous theater, “Transactors’ 30th-Anniversary Reunion Show” will feature short, discrete scenes (short form) and a one-act improvised play (long form).

Among those in the cast are original member Martha Brown and past members Regina Bartolone, Nancy Pekar, Eric Singdahlsen, Dan Sipp, and Kathy Williams. Current Transactors playing will be Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson, with Mike Beard handling lighting and sound effects. Pianist Glenn Mehrbach is the guest accompanist.

“We are so grateful for all the support we have received from audiences and presenters over the years,” says Hohn. “For us this really is a party and we’ll have a meet-the-players reception after the show.”

Generations - April 20, 2013

Transactors Improv turns 30 this year! As part of our celebration, we present “Generations,” a two-act show featuring special guests Chapel Hill Players (CHiPs), UNC-Chapel Hill’s longest-running improv team.

“The show is called ‘Generations’ because that’s its recurring theme,” explains director Greg Hohn. “We have two different generations of performers doing short improv scenes with their respective groups in the first act. In Act Two the combined cast will improvise a 45-minute play based on the interactions of three generations of a fictional family. Naturally, all of this will start with audience suggestions”

“We are delighted to be sharing the stage with CHiPs,” adds Hohn. “They’ve been around since 1995—not the current members, obviously—but this will be the first time we’ve collaborated like this. We expect we’ll all learn from each other and have a great time too.”

In the spirit of the occasion we’re offering specially discounted $5 tickets just for students for this show.

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