What if when Harry met Sally, he also met Phil? What if Juliet’s true love was Rosaline and not Romeo? Join Un-Scripted Theater Company as we explore the love stories Hollywood rarely tells. Love at First Sight is the improvised rom-com for the modern age.
February 9 – 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Christian Utzman is a full time actor, teacher, and an original founding member of the Un-Scripted Theater Company. Christian spends much of his free time writing about the improvisational theory behind the work here at the Un-Scripted Theater Company. You can find out more about his writings at improvactor.com. If you have any questions about how we do what we do, or you need help choosing a drink at our concessions counter, please feel free to speak with him before or after the show. (He's also our concessions buyer.)
Derek Cochran is enjoying his twentieth year performing improvisation in the Bay Area. Throughout those years, he was inspired by and fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented improvisers in the country. He credits his love of long form improvisation to his early instructors, Diane Rachel and Carol Hazenfield, for showing him that improv can go beyond a simple funny game and create a rich tapestry of all kinds of stories. Currently he is proud to work with the Un-Scripted Theater Company ensemble, where they allow him to obey the inscrutable exultation of his soul. He gives thanks to his family, his Treasure Island Pirate dogs, and to all the improvisers who he has worked with, been taught by, and failed spectacularly with; throughout the years.
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." ~ The Tempest
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.
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.
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.
Offstage, Kate Wing works in ocean conservation, a career that's taken her across the country and back again, improvising all the way. She's studied, taught, and performed in Seattle, DC, Chicago, and Yosemite, and with Bay Area troupes like The Mitch Green Show and Pure Moxie Players. She loves performing with Un-Scripted, where she's been a regular guest for Let it Snow, the holiday musical. If you're distracting yourself before the show starts, she recommends you get to know the bobtail squid.
Ana is an improviser based in San Francisco, CA, playing on stage and in the tech booth. She has created and directed On the Rocks, a fully improvised, semi-costumed stage play set at a 1950s cocktail party, and Grendel's Grinches, an improvised epic inspired by oral traditional literature. Other performance credits include Attack of the Scenes, Split Decision, RagTag Improv, guest performances with Phasers on Stun and The Iron Stage, and numerous student shows at BATS Improv. Her website is seeanaplay.com.
Brittany is excited to be performing with Un-Scripted for the second time! Her previous work includes performing improv with multiple troupes, plays, and musicals. When she is not practicing improv she is a scientist in the Bay Area.
"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." —Michael Scott, The Office
On advice from his acting coach, Shawn Brick took his first improv class in 2008 and has never looked back. Since then, he has performed with a number of Bay Area troupes, including Phasers on Stun, The Iron Stage, Flash Mob Musical, and RagTag Improv. Shawn loves short-form, long-form, and narrative improv, as long as he gets to do things he wouldn't in real life. This is Shawn's first Un-Scripted show. (www.shawnbrick.com)
Mariah Thompson comes to the San Francisco improv world from Toronto, Canada, where she studied and performed at the Second City Conservatory and Bad Dog Theatre. She is thrilled to be making her debut with the Un-Scripted Theater Company in Love at First Sight. During the week Mariah works in Animation Film Production juggling project coordination and voicing temporary audio for whatever wacky character her co-workers think up next.