Residence@95 presents: Head Trick Theatre's, TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE

Residence@95 presents: Head Trick Theatre’s, TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE

Head Trick Theatre presents:
by Luigi Pirandello
translated and directed by Rebecca Maxfield

Tonight We Improvise is a rarely performed play from one of the great theatrical thinkers of the early twentieth century — Luigi Pirandello. Known for Six Characters in Search of an Author, the playwright uses this play to tackle — in a way that is on-point and often hilarious — what it means to act.

A director and company of actors plan an innovative and radical evening of theatre: a hybrid of improv and realist drama, where the actors will immerse themselves in their roles and, through improvising their actions, let the characters truly live on stage in a way that scripted theatre does not allow. The source: a short story about a woman trapped in an abusive marriage. Yet the actors become caught up in the passion and heightened emotion of the story, and find themselves unable to confine themselves even to the loose outline they have been given…

The production uses an all-new translation specifically updated for the twenty-first century. Breaking through the formality of language and theatrical architecture, this version, designed for a black box, is exactly as direct and profane and real as — we think — Pirandello would have wanted if he were alive now.

95 Empire Black Box
Friday, March 7 @ 8pm
Saturday, March 8 @ 2pm + 8pm
Sunday, March 9 @ 2pm

Tickets $8 at or at the door. Free with a Brown or RISD student ID.