White Pines was awarded a Project Stream grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to support a unique initiative being developed by our resident ensemble Bright Invention. The Bright Invention Salon will pair the ensemble with other nonprofits to create a unique evening of improvisation.
At the outset of each show, we will ask our partners whimsical questions: “Tell us something funny that happened at work?”, “Does someone in your office have an interesting routine?”, “What’s one aspect of your job you find challenging?” And we will ask more meaningful questions: “What do you want to the world to know about your organization?”, “Describe an encounter with someone who was deeply touched by your work?”, “What led you to this organization as a career?” From the answers to these questions, and the brief conversations they elicit between the cast and the audience, Bright Invention will then perform an hour-long, spontaneously created improv show inspired by these exchanges. At the end of the show, a representative from the partner organization will be invited to speak briefly. Then the audience will be invited to stay, nibble on snacks and converse.
The Bright Invention Salon Series represents a development of new style of improvisation: immersive improvisation. White Pines has recently redesigned the interior of its performance space, The White Pines Place, and furnished it with comfortable “living room” furniture: sofas, arm chairs, and side tables. Combined with the small size of the space which sits about 50, Bright Invention is creating a style of improvisation which emphasizes intimacy, closeness and connection between audience and actor.
Our goal is to blend the audience our partner organization drives to the shows, with our local Cheltenham Township audience. We accomplish several goals here: we introduce our audience to the mission of the partner organization and we expand our audience, while performing innovative and entertaining improvised theater.
We are grateful to the council for their support!