You control the action in this Un-Scripted original production — an audience favorite since its premiere in 2003! First, the cast will present an exciting array of short scenes, all based on your suggestions. Next, you’ll vote to see your favorite scene turned into an improvised play. Exercise your democratic right to a great night out!
Fridays & Saturdays
All shows 8pm
Andy Sarouhan is a Bay Area native. His improvisation training began in 1992, when he joined his high school improvisation team. That event started a chain reaction that eventually resulted in a BA in Theatre from UC San Diego and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. Since 2003, Andy has improvised professionally with Flash Family and the Un-Scripted Theater Company, joining the Un-Scripted ensemble in 2013. He has also been a busy improvisation coach since 2001, leading courses for ImprovWorks, UC Riverside, American Conservatory Theater, Cal Shakes, BATS Improv, and Un-Scripted Theater Company. Some of his most rewarding work has been with young people in San Mateo, where he has coached several high school improvisation teams, including the team with which he first performed as a teenager. Andy directed the 2014 Un-Scripted show Beloved Strangers as well as 2016's The Short & the Long of It. This summer, Andy will direct Un-Scripted's brand new format Life in SF.
Basel Al-Naffouri began his theater journey at MIT where he took his first acting classes. While there, he performed in MIT’s productions of Seven Menus and The Elephant, Your Majesty.
After moving to the Bay Area, he was introduced to improv by taking his first class at BATS in 2005. Soon after, Basel was invited to perform with the BATS Sunday Players and was a founding member of Double Entendre and Out of Line. He has also produced, directed and acted in Improvised Arabian Nights. Basel has taught improv workshops both locally and internationally. He had led trainings with organizations such as Google and Aswat, improv troupes like Double Entendre and Audible Clique and internationally at KAUST University in Saudi Arabia and Laban in Lebanon.
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.
Mona Thompson has been performing with Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2014 and officially joined the ensemble in 2015. She began improvising in high school in Washington DC, continued in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisors (SImps, for short), and never looked back. She currently lives in San Francisco and teaches improv to theater students and professionals all over the Bay Area. Learn more at monajthompson.com.
Charlotte Moir is a recent graduate of Hillsdale High School, performing with her high school's improv team, The H.I.T. Squad, for all 4 years. She's now studying Journalism at University of San Francisco and is very proud to be performing with Un-Scripted Theater Company for her first professional improv show.
Mariah Howard's been improvising as long as she can remember, using her imagination and dress-up collection to become French novelists and door-to-door computer salesmen. When she’s not running after her darling son, or attending graduate school for Expressive Arts Therapy, she’s thinking about improv. Mariah's been a part of Bay Area improv since 2005 and has been a troupe member of Drunken Monkey Improv, Tilted Frame, True Medusa and Leela’s The Armando Company. In 2014 she had one of the best ideas of her lifetime: she invited two extremely talented and totally adorable women, Claire Slattery and Fontana Butterfield, to form an improv trio which they called, The Right Now. The Right Now performs their unique short form improv throughout the Bay Area and in national improv festivals. Mariah is elated to join the cast of The Short and the Long of It for her first time performing with the Un-Scripted Theater Company!
Rebecca Poretsky has been improvising for over 15+ years (!) She regularly and often performs with the main stage company at BATS Improv, and has also improvised in the Bay Area with Speechless, Awkward Dinner Party, and Couples Therapy Improv, amongst others. You can see her on small and tiny screens in Catlandia and Flummox and Friends. She's excited to play with the fine Un-Scripted folks in this show! Learn more about her at http://rebeccaporetsky.com/ or wherever your magical googling skills take you.