Founded by a group of familiar faces in the local theater scene, The Super-Secret Improv Show (SSIS) will have its not-so-secret debut on Friday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre (BBT) in downtown Las Cruces. Springing to life in early 2020, the SSIS have been rehearsing remotely for months, and in-person since New Mexico hit yellow status. Now they’re ready to hit the stage! The show will be presented in two acts. Act 1 will be short form improvisation, in the “Whose Line Is It?” style. Act 2 will be long-form, theatrical improvisation. Included in the group are Josh Taulbee, Teddy Aspen-Sanchez, Erin Wendorf, Cassandra Galban and Richard Thomas-Chappell.
For those unfamiliar with improvisational theater, known simply as improv, audience interaction is not only acceptable, but encouraged. Because improv is, as co-founder Teddy Aspen-Sanchez puts it, “Unscripted theater based off of audience suggestions.” Once the suggestions are given, it becomes the actors’ job to bring the themes to life, unrehearsed and, yes, unscripted.
Just don’t go expecting your standard comedy show. “Humor comes from the truth,” Teddy emphasized. “The goal of an improvisor is to find the truth in the scene. Our goal is to tell a story, not just to be funny, but people will still find things to laugh at.” The show has been SSIS-certified to be suitable for all family members, so bring the grandparents. Arrive early, as seating is limited, and no reservations are being accepted.
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The Super-Secret Improv Show
Black Box Theatre
430 N. Main St., Las Cruces
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