Double the Romance, Double the Laughs: #ICYMI and Swipe Right
Feb. 8 – 23, 2019
#ICYMI (8 p.m.)
On the left edge of the continent… home of rebels and seekers... where dreams become reality and tech money flows like water down the hills of Bay City. This is #ICYMI. A contemporary Soap Opera set in a modern-day boomtown in the age of social media, dating apps, and selfie culture.
David Boyll has appeared in over one hundred improvised plays and musicals with Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2013. He’s performed at numerous improv festivals and at SF Sketchfest with the critically acclaimed Improv Lab. Recent theatre credits: Felix in The Odd Couple (Ross Valley Players), Partition (Indra’s Net), Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night (Custom Made). David lives in San Francisco with Molly, his wife of over 25 years.
Peter Chapman crunches numbers by day and is an avid improviser by night. He grew up writing and performing plays and was introduced to improv by the Stanford Improvisers ("SImps"). He currently performs regularly with DASH and Boarding Party, a San-Francisco based three-person improv troupe. When he's not improvising, Peter can be found somewhere on the Californian coastline or cooking with a lot of butter.
Bill Stahl has been a San Francisco based improviser for the past seven years. He has trained at BATS Improv and was a guest with the mainstage BATS company for the nine-month 2012/2013 season. Bill occasionally runs workshops and guests at BATS. Bill was a guest with the Un-Scripted Theater Company for the first time in 2015 with the cast of And it All Went to Hell, and most recently with the 2018 show Love at First Sight.
Sam Miceli is a video game art director by day, and an improvisor by night. She has a degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, where she focused on visual storytelling. She took her first improv class in 2014, fell in love with long-form improv, and is a graduate of BATS Improv.
Bonnie Kate Wolf is a fresh face on the San Francisco improv scene. At Un-Scripted, she guested in Let It Snow 2018 and will be guesting again in another show this summer. She performs with Well Endowed, a local improv troupe, and trained at BATS Improv. Professionally, Bonnie Kate is a designer at OpenTable. For fun, she knits and plays with her puppy.
Charlie has been improvising and creating in both music and dance for basically her whole life, yet it has taken years of considerable encouragement from her husband to finally start improvising with words. Now that it’s happened, she loves it! She performs with the improv troupe Well Endowed. This is her fourth show with Un-Scripted Theater Company and she is so excited to be part of this awesome cast.
When she is not playing make believe you can find her creating dance films, spoiling their pets and napping.
This is Erica’s first show with Un-Scripted and she is thrilled to be a part of such a lovely and soapy ensemble. Erica trained at BATS; and keeps her improv chops up to speed with the help of coach, aka, Tim Orr. Erica enjoys teaching donation-based improv with friend and duo-improv partner, Jared Polivka. When Erica isn’t therapizing or training for a marathon; she enjoys hardcore lounging, snacking, and snowboarding.
Melanie Flores Salman is an improviser both on stage and in life. Six years ago she co-founded Phasers on Stun and has been exploring the world of Star Trek ever since. She’s also performed other forms of Improvised Theater including Demimonde, a format that explores the 1890’s Paris underworld. She has also guested with San Francisco Improv Collective, RagTag and is thrilled to perform with Un-Scripted.
Derek took his first improv class in the fall of 2007 and has been at it ever since--improv, that is, not the class. During this time he’s had the pleasure of performing with BATS Improv, Big City Improv, Secret Improv Society, the Streetlight People, Spontaneous Combustion, and other Bay Area groups. He also created The Five Deadly Improvisers, who performed improvised kung fu movies in festivals around the nation.
Swipe Right (9 p.m.)
Tired of the same old dating apps? Feeling like you swipe past the same people over and over again? We've got some new ones for you to meet! Audience favorite Swipe Right is back for a fourth season and ready to make you laugh all the laughs and feel all the feels. Join us for a fully improvised show about the craziness of online dating and the eternal search for love...and everything else...in San Francisco.
Shara Tonn is an improviser, actor, clown and teacher based in San Francisco. She has been an ensemble member at Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2015. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, Shara also performs with her duo Mona and Shara Do Improv as well as a variety of Bay Area comedy shows. When not bathed in stage lights, she works with the Medical Clown Project of San Francisco, acts and clowns in local gigs, does freelance science writing and teaches with a number of organizations including Stagebridge, Circus of Smiles, Aragon High School, and BATS Improv.
Rachel has been performing in improv theater officially since she was 13, and performing unofficially her entire life. While offstage, she enjoys knitting sweaters of variable quality, eating foods that include salted caramel, and watching corny true crime television shows from the 90s. Rachel will also be performing with Un-Scripted this summer. Unfortunately, Pluto the Shih Tzu (pictured) did not make it through auditions and will not be performing in any Un-Scripted shows.
Steven Anacker first caught the improv bug in the mid-‘90s as a member of Short Order Theater in New York City. In San Francisco, Steven has been lucky enough to play with the Leela Theatre, Secret Improv Society and BATS, as well as experimenting with new formats as a founding member of BoyGirlBoy, TwoXFour and the Improv Artists. Steven is thrilled to join the talented members of Un-Scripted Theater Company. Steven is thrilled to perform Swipe Right for the first time.
Brad Gottesman is thrilled to perform in Super Scene at Un-Scripted Theater Company. Brad studied improv at UCLA and UCB Theatre and has performing for one ten years. Since moving to the Bay Area, Brad has performed in numerous shows through Endgames Improv, Un-Scripted Theater Company and Pure Moxie Players.
Clay Robeson has been improvising for nearly 20 years now. Starting out in Boston he studied, then performed and taught with the Improv Asylum, the Improv Foundry and Third Grade Trick. Since returning to the West Coast, Clay has worked with the Jesters of Yes, been a producer for the San Francisco Improv Festival (2006 to 2009), and most importantly, a longtime member of Un-Scripted. When not making things up on stage, you can find him wandering the city taking photographs or working on a puppet sci-fi web drama. You can also see him walking away from the camera in two different scenes (about 7 seconds worth) in High School Musical 3.
In his copious spare time, he volunteers with City Grazing, a non-profit goat sanctuary out on Hunter's Point.
Dana Cory improvised jazz professionally before discovering theater improv, and has been joyfully combining both for nearly twenty years. An alumna of BATS Improv and ImprovWorks, she has guested with many Los Angeles and San Francisco sketch and improv groups, played for years with SF fave Harold troupe SNAFU, and is a cast member of the Un-Scripted Theater Company’s late-night Saturday hit show DASH. Dana performs and produces music, comedy, and improv in a variety of media.
David Madison (San Francisco, CA) first took the plunge into improv in 2004. He directed a weekly improv jam for many years and has performed with the Un-Scripted Theater Company, BATS main company, Out of Line and a variety of other groups, and is now the artistic director of the San Francisco troupe Well Endowed.
David is also an internationally renowned dance instructor, as well as Time Magazine's Person Of The Year in 2006.
Eric Kostenbauder has spent the past eight years improvising in his native city of Seattle. There he studied and performed regularly at Unexpected Productions before joining the ensemble at Jet City Improv and the renowned long-form group, Human Propaganda. Eric can currently be seen performing locally as a proud cast member of DASH here at the Un-Scripted Theater Company, as well as at Stage Werx Theatre with the Endgames team, UQAQUA.
Gina Stahl-Ricco is a super-stoked member of the Un-Scripted Theater Company ensemble. A Bay Area native, Gina has performed with many different improv companies. She is a founding member of Sketch Marks, and the comedy duo We’re Redheads. When not on stage Gina has a pretty eclectic life. She is a professor of Communication at the University of San Francisco, a doula, a would-be carpenter, a crunchy mama to gorgeous Georgia and Dash, and owner of The Roadside Stand, a pretty darn cool localtastic gourmet food business. Get in on some granola at www.TheRoadsideStand.com.
Jared Abbott is an Outer Sunset dweller. He improvised on and off in high school and at UC San Diego, but is extremely excited to have gotten back into the improv scene through the Un-Scripted Theater Company. Jared performs with the Un-Scripted DASH cast on Saturday nights and he enjoys messy meals and aimless adventures in his free time. Jared is a Special Education teacher in San Mateo and improv has really acted as the yin to his teaching yang.