Murder. Romance. Intrigue. Celebration. The Un-Scripted Theater Company combines the passion of William Shakespeare with the spontaneity of theatrical improvisation in our popular improvised Shakespeare show: The Lost Folio. From comedy to tragedy, each story starts from an audience suggestion and unfolds spontaneously into something the Bard himself could have written. Will all be well that ends well?
Fridays & Saturdays
All shows 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.)
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 include: Come Here Often? (LCTC), The $18-B Prize (Theatre Planners), Partition (Indra’s Net), and Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night (Custom Made). David lives in San Francisco with Molly, his wife of over 25 years.
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 exultations of his soul. He gives thanks to his wife, the brothers idiot, and to all the improvisers who he has worked with, been taught by, and failed spectacularly with; throughout the years.
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.
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.
Shara has been improvising on stage since 2009. She started in college with the Stanford Improvisors (Simps), and now regularly performs in San Francisco with Un-Scripted Theater Company. During the day, she is a virtual puppeteer, a freelance writer and an occasional improv teacher. In her spare time, Shara enjoys playing and performing with a Simp alumni group, The Human Knot, and an all-female group, 12 Angry Men.
Larissa Kasian has been improvising for almost a decade, having taken classes at BATS, Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City in Los Angeles, and Keith Johnstone in Calgary. She has performed with BATS Improv, An Improv Team Named Desire, Pure Moxie Players, The San Francisco Improv Collective, and Out of Line. She has also appeared in a variety of independent films and voiceover work. This is her fourth show with the Un-Scripted Theater Company.