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Studio Rep - Act One, Scene Two

Studio Rep - Act One, Scene Two

plays by Askari, Britt, Gage, Guffey, Kimball, Pearson, and Sanders
presented by The Improvised Puppet Project & Portland Stage

In Act One, Scene Two we start the first scene of a brand-new play, then throw the script out the window and improvise the rest. Theater doesn't get any more live than this.

About The Improvised Puppet Project
Based in Westbrook, the Improvised Puppet Project is Maine's only professional puppet improv company. The IPP has been expanding the possibilities of improvised theater-with puppets-for audiences of all ages since 2010.

Act One, Scene Two has come a long way since its beginning at BATS Improv in San Francisco in 2005. We were looking for ways to push the boundaries of improvised theater, and I—with my theater degree and shelves full of plays—suggested taking already-written scripts and using them as a jumping-off point for a full-length, improvised play. We called it "By the Book." In 2011, San Francisco's Un-Scripted Theater Company revived the idea and incorporated the voices of local playwrights into the mix, changing the name to Act One, Scene Two. And now we've brought the show to Portland, recruited seven excellent Maine playwrights to give us a start, and added puppets. Because: why not? What follows promises to be an evening of theater that's never happened before and will never happen again. We hope you will enjoy it.

Tickets are $15 and general admission, or buy a Studio Rep Pass and see one performance of each production for just $35.

This improvised show may contain adult language and content.

Keep up with the Improvised Puppet Project:

Check out the other Studio Rep '14 Production:
MTWTFSS Theatre Company's The Brown Clouds of Courage: The Musical

Act One, Scene Two Schedule

Carolyn Gage                 On the Other Hand                   Fri, Jan10
Dana Pearson                The Main Course                      Thu, Jan 16
Elizabeth Guffey             Alien Autopsy                           Sat, Jan 18
Michael Kimball               Bar Exam                                 Fri, Jan 24
Brent Askari                   Bad, Bad Girls                           Sun, Jan 26
Karmo Sanders              Revenge or Sacajawea               Wed, Jan 29
Keith Powell Beyland     The Big Band Thing(Bigger, Badder, and more Thingyer)  Thu, Jan 30
Linda Britt                      The Girl in the Red Hat               Sat, Feb 1

January 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM | Parking and Directions - Studio Theater
January 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM | Parking and Directions - Studio Theater
January 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM | Parking and Directions - Studio Theater
January 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM | Parking and Directions - Studio Theater
January 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM | Parking and Directions - Studio Theater
January 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM | Parking and Directions - Studio Theater
February 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM | Parking and Directions - Studio Theater

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Keith D. Anctil has been teaching, directing, designing, building, writing, and acting in Maine for over 15 years. He is the Director of Children's Programming at Acorn Studios and the Educational Theater Association Maine Chapter Director. Keith is also a certified stage combat instructor and has been a professional improvisor for almost 10 years. He is an avid gardener, runner, kayaker, and dog walker. After 2/15/14, he will also be an avid husband.

Tara McDonough has been improvising for more than twenty years, and has taught and performed in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and throughout northern New England. She is co-founder of Printer's Devil Theater in Seattle, San Francisco's Un-Scripted Theater Company, and, of course, the Improvised Puppet Project. She often makes puppets that remind her of people she knows, which can be very therapeutic. 

Jen Whitley started improvising several years ago with The Escapists. She is currently a member of the Portsmouth, NH improvisational comedy troupe Stranger Than Fiction and Maine's very own Improvised Puppet Project. Jen has had the pleasure of performing, as well as teaching, for audiences of all ages in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont with the Improvised Puppet Project.  She can be found spending her free time hiking, singing while playing her uke, and teaching yoga.  


Patrick Ledwith is the IPP's Technical Director, improvising from the tech booth at every show. He is also in charge of accommodating strange requests, like "build a zombie horde" or "make trees that turn into cookies." Banker by day and beersmith by night, Patrick is a crazy cat lady at heart.

Emily Kenny (Lighting Designer) is a new staff member at Portland Stage. She attended college at SUNY New Paltz graduating with a degree in Technical Theatre, and a concentration in Lighting. She has recently worked at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison as the Lighting Technician and Designer, designed the 2012 Maine Playwrights Festival at the St. Lawrence theater and designed the 2012 Portland Stage Studio Rep Series. She is happy to be designing again. Good luck to all!

Jon Andrews (Musician) is a collaborative composer currently based in Portland, ME. Classically trained at Juilliard, Jon's work has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Jon has worked on projects as diverse as a musical for the World Expo in Shanghai, a new baroque ensemble at the Salvador Dalí Musuem in St. Petersburg, FL, and dance-theater piece in collaboration with the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. Jon is always looking for new ways to make music with new people.

Brent Askari (Playwright Bad, Bad Girls) is a member of Mad Horse Theatre and the Stone Pinhead Ensemble. He narrates the nationally syndicated children's television program Animal Science. Brent has written screenplays for several production companies, including Paramount Pictures, Marvel Films, MTV, and Reveille Entertainment.

Linda Britt (Playwright The Girl in the Red Hat) is a Maine playwright whose works have been performed by Out of the Box Theater Company, Hand-To-Mouth Players, Community Little Theatre, and Freeport Community Players. Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington, a one-woman show about the life and career of Senator Margaret Chase Smith, premiered in 2010 and continues to tour venues throughout Maine. Chosen: Adoption Stories, premiered in January, 2012. Aiken Pond, her most recent play, received a staged reading by the Little Theatre of Fall River, Massachusetts. Her current project is writing the libretto of The Last Ferryman for a Stonington Opera House premiere in August, 2014.

Carolyn Gage (Playwright On the Other Hand) is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theater and sixty-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. Gage has taught at Bates College and the University of Southern Maine. This spring, she will be a featured playwright at the United Nations-sponsored World Theatre Conference in Rome, where the theme will be "violence against women." A collection of her plays was a national winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Drama.

Elizabeth Guffey's (Playwright Alien Autopsy) plays have been produced by Opera House Arts (Stonington), Freeport Players, and Acorn Productions. Her performance credits include the premiere of Chanson (Edith Piaf), vocals on the One Tuesday Morning soundtrack, and backing vocals for singer-songwriter Tom Acousti. Ms. Guffey is Managing/Artistic Director of Freeport Players.

Michael Kimball (Playwright Bar Exam) is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist whose works include the London Times' bestseller Undone and the Edgar-nominated play Ghosts of Ocean House. His latest play, Duck and Cover, was recently named Best Play at the Northern Writes Festival in Bangor, Maine. Michael teaches scriptwriting and popular fiction at the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, University of Southern Maine.

Dana Pearson (Playwright The Main Course) is a writer and musician living in Kennebunk with his wife Diane. For 14 years he was an editor, reporter, and award-winning humor columnist for the York County Coast Star. He has written several plays and the novel Two Birds, as well as songs for his pop-rock band, The Wetsuits. FMI: www.danampearson.com and www.the-wetsuits.com.

Karmo Sanders (Playwright Revenge or Sacajawea) In 2001 Karmo earned her Master's degree from Boston University in Creative Writing. In 2012, her full length Broadway style musical Gold Rush Girls opened in Anchorage, AK to a 6-week sold-out run. Well-known in Maine for her television commercial personality, she continues performing her one woman show while pursuing her career as a playwright.



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