March 24 - April 10, 2017
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door
Five directors enter the theater, each with an inspiration for a new improvised play. Only one will emerge victorious. And YOU - the audience - get to decide which plays survive and which are eliminated. Sci-fi? Romance? Gladiator movie? Any genre is possible in this five-way fracas! It's improv where only the strong survive.
Fridays and Saturdays, March 24 thru April 10
All shows start at 8pm
Box Office and Salon open @ 7pm
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.
Brittany Beavers first discovered improv during play practice in college. Intrigued by the craft, she decided to take beginning improv at Stanford, where she was taught by the legendary Dan Klein and Mona Thompson, and then joined the Stanford Improvisers. Post-college Brittany has performed with the groups the Human Knot and Minerva in San Francisco and she recently joined the DASH cast at Un-Scripted Theater Company.
Former director of BATS’ Improv @ Work corporate engagement programs, Chris has led applied improvisation sessions for more than 100 workplaces, including Genentech, UCSF, and Google. Chris delights in facilitating teams to develop leadership, presence, creativity, adaptability, communication, storytelling, teamwork, and collaboration. He has taught improv for 11 years at BATS’ School of Improv and has performed on ten different BATS’ CaveMatch improv ensembles. A Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar graduate of Duke University, Chris enjoys German strategy-based board games, Texas Hold’em, and writing poetry for life-work balance. Actually, his whole life centers on play.
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 performs theatre in order to obey the inscrutable exultations of our souls. His long journey into making things up began with his graduation showcase with BATS close to 20 years ago. Since then he is proud to have worked with, and been inspired by, a myriad of talented improvisers throughout the Bay Area. Currently, he can be found performing with Un-Scripted Theater Company and as a founding member of the Traveling Improv Revival. Offstage, Derek lives the life of a buccaneer on Treasure Island, with his wife/captain Jill and Pooka the pirate dog.
Jerry Ruoti has been performing with Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2013. Jerry is a graduate of BATS Improv. He can be seen performing in Un-Scripted’s late night show Dash, as well as Mission Improv’s Improvised 80’s Teen Movie. Jerry also performs as one third of the improv trio, Improv Lab. Prior to finding improv, Jerry studied Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Jerry directed, wrote and performed in the sketch comedy group, Humor Us!
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.
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.