Apr. 6 – 27, 2019
Shakesqueer: What’s In A Name?
What happens to the world of Shakespeare when gender stereotypes fall and same-sex relationships are all that exist? Something unexpected, yet wonderfully familiar! After all, the Bard loved playing with gender roles…
Join us for these completely improvised plays, and enjoy classic romance and comedy through a modern lens.
Fridays & Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.
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.)
Merrill Gruver has been performing with the Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2009, and joined the artistic staff in 2011. She studied acting at Brown University and The Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner. Merrill is a graduate of BATS improv and performed regularly with The Sunday Players. She is a member of Shakespeare's Stepchild, which performs improvised Shakespeare in Dolores Park. Merrill teaches drama at Peninsula School.
Michael Fleming got his first taste of staged improvisation some years ago and has been hooked ever since. He is delighted to be part of the Un-Scripted Theater Company, and has also performed with Out of Line, on the BATS stage, and at a variety of other venues in the Bay Area. Michael has an enduring love of song, stories and making things up and feels unreasonably lucky to be able to do so with such a talented group of folks.
Molly Robertson is a Bay Area tour guide. She studied marketing at Wagner College and improv at Upright Citizens Brigade for over four years in New York. Following school, she headed back to the Bay where she began performing with Un-Scripted. She took a few years to travel around the world with Up with People and finally made her way back to the Bay again. She is happy to have a place to improvise since she is not allowed to make things up on tour.
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.
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.
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)
Alyssa Lupo-Zulueta happily makes her Un-Scripted debut. Past productions include roles at the La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Pear Theatre, Deaf West, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. among others. She's been a member of Shakespeare & Company for over 20 years (as a performer and teacher), and holds an MFA from UCSD, as well as a BFA from NYU. Her husband, Ogie, is a fellow actor. Together they have 2 amazing kids and a sweet, bed-hogging, dog.
Rebecca Poretsky is a company member with BATS Improv since 2012 and, since 2004, has improvised all around the Bay with numerous groups, including: Speechless, Awkward Dinner Party, the Un-Scripted Theater Company, Couples Therapy Improv, and Big City Improv. Rebecca has performed live and video sketch comedy (Crisis Hopkins and the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group) and original solo performance (I Left My Heart in Brooklyn – The Marsh). She starred as Señorita Panochista in Spring Break: The Musical, an original production, written and produced by the Mortified team. Rebecca's studied improv at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago, acting at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass, and physical theater/clown at the Flying Actor Studio and with master clown teacher Giovanni Fusetti. She's been in a bizarre number of comedic cat videos and is not AT ALL embarrassed by that.
Rebecca teaches improv classes and facilitates workshops all over the place, acts in and writes various other projects, and practices and teaches yoga. She lives in a blended family with her sweetheart and their cat and dog step-pets in San Francisco and is working on being better at self-promotion.