Bright Invention presents
Improvisation relies on audience suggestion for performance. With Improv Invasion, Bright Invention dismisses the shouted favorite desserts or interesting places you’ve visited, and the note cards discreetly written anonymously, which are the hallmark of conventional improv shows. Instead, Bright Invention is partnering with three dynamic local theater companies and will be using the sets of their productions to inspire their improvised scenes! Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd explains, “we were looking for a novel way to create shows downtown, and John Schultz, one of our ensemble members, brought us this idea. We also love partnering with other organizations, so this idea was very exciting to us! With these three theaters, we have found extraordinary hosts, and we are so grateful for their willingness to go on this journey with us!”
The shows created on the sets of host theaters will not overtly reference the actual show being produced there, but instead will be spontaneously generated from ideas the ensemble gets from arriving at the theater an hour before the show begins. The audience will be invited to offer suggestions for how the “second act” should play out. The entire show will last about an hour, and tickets are $10 general admission. Here is the schedule for Improv Invasion, spring 2017:
Monday February 27th 7:00 pm
Bright Invention performs on the set of
Theatre Exile’s Lost Girls.
Studio X, 1340 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cast: Benjamin Lloyd, Gavin Whitt, Aimee Goldstein, John Schultz, Dan Ison and Shea Sonsky.
Directed by Benjamin Lloyd.
Monday March 20th, 7:00 pm
Bright Invention performs on the set of Simpatico Theater’s Ironbound.
The Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Cast: Aimee Goldstein, Michelle Pauls, Gavin Whitt, Dan Ison, Shea Sonsky, Kelly McCaughan
Monday April 3rd, 7:00 pm
Bright Invention performs on the set of EgoPo’s Anna.
Latvian Society Theater, 531 N. 7th St., Philadelphia, 19123
Cast: Michelle Pauls, Bob Stineman, Shea Sonsky, John Schultz and Benjamin Lloyd
For more information about Improv Invasion please contact
Benjamin Lloyd, Bright Invention Artistic Director at