The Short & The Long of It
Mar 8 –23, 2019
An Un-Scripted classic, The Short & Long of It blends everything you love about improv — new worlds; bold characters; captivating storylines.
The show begins with a set of fast-paced scenes, each of which is completely different from the one that came before it. During intermission, YOU vote on your favorite scene; that scene then becomes the building block for an improvised story in the second act.
With The Short & Long of It, you control the narrative.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
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
Ian was first exposed to improv as an eleven-year-old in a class at Walnut Street Theatre! Since then, he's performed in numerous sketch and improv groups in Philadelphia and the Bay Area, including the Stanford Fleet Street Singers and Stanford Improvisors. His favorite gig has been teaching improvisational theater at Hillsdale High School with the most talented group of teenagers he's ever met. When the sun's out, Ian does marketing for GreatNonprofits and serves as the chair of the Advisory Board for Camp Kesem at Stanford.
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.
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 be a member of Un-Scripted Theater Company.
Susie Sargent discovered and fell in love with improv over 20 years ago and enjoys sharing her passion through training, teaching and performing. She has taught the skills of improvisation to students aged 3 – 80. Susie is an ensemble and staff member of Un-Scripted Theater Company and loves surprising the audience and creating rich and diverse characters. Her ideal evening at home is a dinner party with improvisors who are likely to break into interpretative dance at any moment.
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.