Wrap-up: Improv Invasion

Aimee Goldstein, Gavin Whitt, Benjamin Lloyd and Dan Ison improvise on the set of ironbound at Simpatico Theater. 

Aimee Goldstein, Gavin Whitt, Benjamin Lloyd and Dan Ison improvise on the set of ironbound at Simpatico Theater. 

Bright Invention completed its third and final Improv Invasion performance this spring on the set of Anna at EgoPo Theater, Monday April 3rd.

Aimee Goldstein and Bob Stineman improvise on the set of Anna at EgoPo

Aimee Goldstein and Bob Stineman improvise on the set of Anna at EgoPo

For the series, the ensemble created a new "two-act" long form in which they asked the audience for the title to a play that might be performed on the host set, but which did not contain any words from the title of the actual play in production there. Then, Bright Invention performed a continuous 20-minute improvisation, with up to six actors coming and going, based on the title the audience suggested. After a brief interval, the audience was asked if they wanted to see a second act which was a "prequel" or a "sequel" to the second act. After the audience voted, the ensemble performed a 20-minute second act. 

"Our goal for next season is to create a long-term relationship with a single Philadelphia theater," said Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd. "That way we can develop the kind of familiarity we seek with a new audience, and provide an exciting new program for the host venue."

Other ideas include inviting cast members from host productions to "play in" with the ensemble, offering late shows after the actual show comes down either Friday or Saturday night, and offering improv workshops at host venues.

Stay tuned for more Bright Invention updates! 

John Schultz and Gavin Whitt improvise on the set of Lost Girls at Theatre exile. 

John Schultz and Gavin Whitt improvise on the set of Lost Girls at Theatre exile.