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Improvathon 2017 Announcement and FAQs

Improvisers at HUGE Improv Theater are taking the stage — and not giving it back for 28 hours — to raise money for the the non-profit artist-led improvisational theater. It’s a one-of-a-kind fundraising barnstorm that coincides with Give to the Max Day, November 16, an annual event when Minnesotans display their generosity by celebrating and donating to local nonprofits through GiveMN.org.

REGISTRATION
Improv Performance Request: https://hugetheater.formstack.com/forms/iat17
Iron Audience Contender: http://tinyurl.com/iat2017IRON

SCHEDULE
The Improvathon gets underway on Wednesday night, November 15, starting at 8PM, leading up to the official Give to the Max Day start at midnight on Thursday, November 16. A succession of more than 125 local improvisers will lead audiences through 28 hours of spontaneous, unrehearsed, improvised theater. The program will end at midnight Nov. 16.

The goal of HUGE’s 28-hour Improvathon is to raise funds for the LynLake-area theater and support improvisational theater in the Twin Cities. In addition to producing 500+ shows a year, HUGE teaches 400+ students annually, and supports the education and career development of performing artists.

Admission is pay-what-you-can, with a suggested minimum donation of $10. HUGE is located at 3037 Lyndale Ave. South near Lake and Lyndale in Minneapolis.

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GENERAL FAQ

What is Improvathon?
Improvathon is a 28-hour improv marathon fundraiser benefiting HUGE Improv Theater. It is timed to coincide with GiveMN.org’s Give to the Max Day, an annual statewide day of giving, on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

What is the schedule?
Starts: Wednesday, November 15 at 8:00PM
Ends: Thursday, November 16 at 11:59PM

So that’s it? 28-hours of improv and fundraising?
Basically! But it ends up being much more. It is a chance for the larger community – students, performers and audience — to get together. In years past, the Improvathon has been the impetus for brand new groups to form. It is also an important opportunity for many students and performers to get on stage and show their friends and family – inside and outside the Twin Cities — why improv and HUGE are important to them.

Also, there are amazing people who sign up to be Iron Audience contenders and watch 24-hours of improv. These intrepid souls form the backbone of the audience, especially at 3:30 in the morning, and support performers.

Why does HUGE schedule this to coincide with GiveMN.org’s Give to the Max Day?
Give to the Max Day (GTMD) is an important arts and nonprofit awareness tool that makes a big impact statewide. By participating in GTMD, we are part of a much larger event, and are supporting fellow Minnesota nonprofits.

In addition, HUGE will be eligible to win $1,000 – $10,000 extra dollars based on incentives from GiveMN.

What are some easy ways I can participate?

Come watch some shows – Bonus points if you make a donation to HUGE via GiveMN.org at home and then bring a printout to HUGE.

Be an Iron Audience Contender – If you are comfortable with staying up for 24-hours (midnight to midnight), this could be a great option. If not, just come out and watch some shows! A lot of us will be there, and it will be fun. (See Iron Audience FAQ below for more details.)

Volunteer – We’ll need 30 hours of box officers, tech booth operators, help with food, general tidying, massage therapists (?), you name it! A volunteer sign-up sheet will be posted in October.

Encourage people to contribute before they come to the theater – Our goal is to get donors to donate online and bring a printout w/ them to HUGE. It’s faster/easier for them and for the box office.

Offer or find a Matching Grant – GiveMN has piles of research that says projects with Matching Grants receive more donations. A Matching Grant can be as small as $100 to be effective. Contact molly at hugetheater dot com if you’re interested.

Donate! – Back one or more teams of your choosing, don’t be shy.

Spread the word– Word of mouth is incredibly important to HUGE, not only for the Improvathon, but for all our shows. If you haven’t reviewed HUGE on Yelp or Google, consider doing that. Sincere, great reviews are among the most valuable gifts you can give.

FAQ FOR IMPROV PERFORMERS

How many performance slots are there, and how do I sign up?
There are approximately 42 timeslots available, about the same as last year.  The link to the form to request a performance time is: https://hugetheater.formstack.com/forms/iat17.

**registration does not guarantee a spot as an Iron Audience or in the schedule as a Performer – though we will do our best to accommodate requests**

Can I be in more than one group that performs?
Of course! We just ask that you consider how thin you are spreading yourself in terms of time and energy, but also your ability to contribute to each groups’ fundraising goals. Also know that there are a lot of improvisers who want to participate, and so try to leave room for others.

Is there a prize?
Yes. The performer/group that raises the most funds will receive a custom coaching session from a special guest, either in March or during Twin Cities Improv Festival in June. In addition, the group will receive their name on the wall, bragging rights, and HUGE hoodies (within reason).

Pro Tip: Finding matching grants for your group are a great strategy if you want to win the top fundraising prize, but also is a great thing for people that want to give before Give to the Max Day. It is a great way to get the word out and start fundraising right away. At present, we don’t have a matching donor set up. You could get one for your own group. Or ask your work if they donate to 501c3 nonprofits like HUGE.

I’m uncomfortable with fundraising, but I want to perform. Can I just sign up for a performance time?
Not really. Improvathon is HUGE’s biggest annual fundraiser. We are asking each performance time to try to raise at least $350. In years past we haven’t specifically asked groups to fundraise as part of this event, but it is very important to sustaining the theater. Part of our hope and vision that Improvathon could raise $50,000 or more for HUGE this year. (It sounds like a lot, but that’s about one month’s operating expenses.)

We will do our best to make fundraising easy for you – and there are a lot of tools to do that, through GiveMN.org’s online donation site and through tips and samples we will provide. Keep in mind, this isn’t about cold calling strangers. You’ll be asking family and friends who know you, and are asking them to support a nonprofit cause that’s personally important to you.

If you are truly uncomfortable asking friends and family to donate, please choose another way to perform at HUGE. Everyone is welcome to Space Jam each week, or to enter the Improv A Go Go lottery, or to take a class and perform in the showcase, or to submit a show idea, or all of the above. And those are just the opportunities at HUGE, there are many more in the Twin Cities. All to say, this is not just a performance slot, it is a chance to financially support a nonprofit theater with a mission to support the improv community.

Cool, I will renew my Membership that day for part of my fundraising goal!
Oh, gosh, you guys. Members and Memberships are ALWAYS very much appreciated but administering this has grown too complex to sustain. New this year is a rule that memberships — while enormously appreciated — will not count toward Improvathon team goals nor will it count toward the final tally of what is raised during Improvathon.

FAQ for IRON AUDIENCE

Every year, around 11-25 people sign up to be Iron Audience contenders, which means they plan to stay awake to watch 24-hours of improv (midnight to midnight).

Does having an Iron Audience really help?
Performers are grateful for the Iron Audience, and the tremendous boost their presence gives. In return, performers work hard to create the best show possible for the audience, even at — or maybe especially at —  3AM. Beyond that, Iron Audience helps HUGE by posting on social media and, of course, and by raising funds.

What does an Iron Audience contender get?

Those who watch 24 hours of improv (midnight to midnight) get their name on HUGE’s wall and a badge, plus an Improvathon T-shirt. Beyond that, HUGE does what it can to make Iron Audience contenders welcome and comfortable.

This year, the Iron Audience contender who raises the most funds will receive a Golden Ticket to HUGE, good for a year of free shows, and a HUGE Theater hoodie. All Iron Audience contenders that complete the 24-hours will get their names on HUGE’s wall, plus a T-shirt and badge.

What are the Iron Audience rules?
The rules are based in the honor system — the idea is to be in the theater watching performances, and no performances can be skipped. Sleeping through shows and/or being absent from the theater are outside of the spirit of the event. That said, people need to take breaks for bathroom and snacks, and may want to step outside under the awning to get some fresh air. It is also possible a person might doze off here and there. All of these things are acceptable.

The Iron Audience portion of the event runs for 24-hours and begins promptly at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17. There is a kick-off reception and four hours of improv prior to that (starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night) that you are of course welcome to attend. But it’s not part of Iron Audience.

What if I change my mind, or get sick, or get called into work?
This is a low-pressure, low-stakes event where your health and peace of mind are top priority. For that reason, we reserve the right to discontinue any person’s participation in Iron Audience, including in concern for health, safety or comfort. If at any point you’re feeling sick and/or just need to take a break or go home, you should! We will never stop being grateful for all you do.

I’m uncomfortable with fundraising, but I want to be an Iron Audience contender.
Can I just show up and stay?

Not exactly. You are certainly free to come to HUGE and watch as much improv as you’d like! To participate as an Iron Audience contender, though, is to participate in an important part of the fundraiser. This portion of the event is arguably the most “a-thon” part of the whole Improvathon. We are asking each Iron Audience contender to sign up by November 5 and to commit to raising at least $100 for HUGE as part of the event. (Registration link is here: http://tinyurl.com/iat2017IRON.)

We will do our best to make fundraising easy for you – and there are a lot of tools to do that, through GiveMN.org’s online donation site and through tips and samples we will provide. Keep in mind, this isn’t about calling strangers. You’ll be asking family and friends who know you, and are asking them to support a nonprofit cause that’s personally important to you.

Cool, I will renew my Membership that day for part of my fundraising goal!
Oh, gosh, you guys. Members and Memberships are ALWAYS very much appreciated but administering this has grown too complex to sustain. New this year is a rule that memberships — while enormously appreciated — will not count toward Iron Audience goals nor will it count toward the final tally of what is raised during Improvathon.

I don’t see the answer to my question here – who can I contact?
Feel free to send questions to molly at hugetheater dot com.

What were those registration links again?
Improv Performance Request: https://hugetheater.formstack.com/forms/iat17
Iron Audience Contender: http://tinyurl.com/iat2017IRON

Throwback Night Auditions

The form to request an audition time for Throwback Night – opening January 2018 at HUGE Theater, 8pm on Friday nights!

— You do NOT need to know or have any experience with the form to audition or be in the show – forms will be taught in rehearsal — 

La Ronde – Directed by Michael Ritchie
Rehearsals :: Wednesdays 6-8pm
The Living Room – Directed by Jill Bernard
Rehearsals :: Saturdays Noon-3pm
Close Quarters – Directed by Lauren Anderson*
Rehearsals :: Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm

*Nels Lennes will take over directing The Close Quarters group partway through rehearsals based on Lauren’s Brave New Workshops Holiday tech/preview/show schedule.

AUDITION TIMES will be scheduled:
Monday 10/2 between 5-7pm
Saturday 10/7 between 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10/8 between 5-7pm

PERFORMANCES
Throwback Night will run Fridays at 8pm in January and February at HUGE Theater

REHEARSALS
Please check to make sure you are able to make the scheduled rehearsal times for the show(s) you would like to audition for – rehearsals will run from mid-October to mid-December (expecting there will be some breaks needed around the holidays) cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.

Assistant Directors :
Erin Kennedy will be AD for Close Quarters
Phil Petersen will be AD for La Ronde
Maureen Tubbs will be AD for The Living Room

Audition schedules will be sent via email and posted on the HUGE blogs when they are ready


If you cannot see the form below CLICK HERE


STEP 2a : NOTES from the Community Forum

Thank you for your patience – we decided against a verbatim transcript due to some privacy concerns but have put together a full summary of the meeting and discussion.


STEP TWO: Community Forum

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5-7pm at HUGE Theater

This forum was for the community to come and say what’s on their minds, and help HUGE leadership with next steps. The forum was moderated by Levi Weinhagen. Following is a summary of the meeting, which includes some transcribed sections (in italics) from the meeting. Even when there are transcriptions, they are not court-reporter perfect. We ask that you read to get a general understanding of the conversation, rather than to parse specific phrasing. The moderator and speakers are named, but the Forum participants’ names are redacted for purpose of practicality and to foster open, free-flowing conversation.

Moderator Levi Weinhagen kicked off the meeting:

A few things to mention up top, we’re going to talk about stuff that may be heavy and challenging. Top line priority is to take care of yourself – feel free to step out and come back. Keep in mind that everyone here is here to support HUGE. If someone says something that you disagree with, confront that idea, not the person. The goal is to have us all in discussion as a community of folks.

 Executive director of Jewish Community Action, Carin Mrotz, gave a brief statement at the start of the meeting, paraphrased as follows. To get a sense of the expansive work that her org does, please visit http://www.jewishcommunityaction.org.

I’ve been to HUGE. We did a Jewish Storytellers event. I have a bunch of friends who perform at HUGE and I have a lot of experience of being attacked by Nazis. Through social media, email – I’ve found stuff in my mailbox. To lead a Jewish organization in this time is not an easy thing to do, but important in this time.

It is a big deal. This is not just Nazis on Twitter. What we’re seeing is white supremacy being codified and enshrined in the government. People who believe their whiteness is under attack have found legitimacy in the White House and in Congress. All to say: you don’t donate to David Duke campaign not knowing who he is. When he ran for the Louisiana State Senate, the state GOP chair disavowed him. Even Republicans in Louisiana have a bar that David Duke does not meet.

What does it mean to give money to someone who is giving money like him? It’s not sustainable long-term. You have to start the process of movement. Do it in a way that does engage the community.

This is in no way easy, and at no point will be easy. Engage your community about who you’re giving money to, engage in white supremacy. There are landlords all over the city who are not giving to David Duke, but who won’t rent to black families, or evict immigrants without cause because they know their tenants can’t defend themselves.

What does it mean to own property? Grow capacity to address these issues but also bring people into motion to do what is morally right. Try to use this opportunity to do something awesome and powerful, even though this really sucks.

Levi: [Thanks Carin for coming to speak, then forum transitions to group conversation.]  I’ve been doing improv and comedy for 20 years. HUGE is doing what they wanted to do. Deeply committed to comedy as not just a valid art form but a tool for justice. This could not have happened to a better or worse group of people. I don’t know anyone better prepared to deal with this than HUGE. A lot of people who feel that way — who feel this sucks, but it also sucks for the opposition.

The Forum conversation unfolded for a total of two hours. During that time, many ideas were floated, including what’s listed here. These ideas are not all mutually exclusive and no conclusions were drawn. This Forum was a first conversation.

A range of ideas came up

– Moving as soon as the lease is up

– Breaking the lease, paying the penalty, and moving

– Stop paying rent (this is not an option for us as it is illegal)

– Using the space we have as long as we have it to:

— host fundraisers for worthy organizations

— use our walls to express our values

— use our art to express our values; do even more programming that supports people of color, Jewish people, queer and gender nonconforming people, and others.

– I’m a performer and teacher. [After the news about white supremacy] it’s just not the same place. I had never thought about [the landlord] before. I want to reclaim this space as ours. He doesn’t make this space, we do. We have a lot of wall space, gallery space — we can create art, have people talk about it, and work it out the way we know how.

– Levi: I encourage asset mapping – taking time to figuring out what access to money or power you have. You might think I’m just this person – I’m just an improviser, a person – we don’t always think about who we connect with. Important thing to work on. Who do you know who knows someone?

 I perform at HUGE a lot. It may be worth series drop in classes tell stories about issues like this but remaining apolitical. How can we utilize the HUGE stage and tackle sexism and racism.

Maybe we do 24-hours of I’m Black and I’m Proud show; I’m Jewish and I’m proud.

–  I come here because I take the Women-Trans-Femme non-binary class. Comedy and entertainment has always been that comedy needs to have a social justice purpose behind it. Entertainment affects our self-worth and how we respect. Humor entertainment art, should mean something to the person taking it in. Isn’t always how we think of improv, think of art. Tackling things through humor and improv, as more than just trying to be funny. Who are we trying to bring joy to, consider what we’re trying to bring humor more deeply than I want spotlight. Changing whole rhetoric for building or changing inwards.

– I don’t want us to stop doing this conversation regularly. We need to chip away it, we are what it does as a group. As the Diversity and Inclusion director, I want to make sure people don’t forget about the work, and just go back to routine. Steadfast and keep this work what is routine, as routine as possible.

What can HUGE can do? HUGE can continue creating this community of diverse backgrounds and people. HUGE can do something. But I can’t be like HUGE do this work for me, I gotta do this work, too.

Feelings and concerns raised

– Some expressed anger at the current situation

– Some said they felt safer inside HUGE’s walls than outside of them — but that they fear HUGE will become a target

– Some noted an increase in fascist propaganda in the area in the last 3-4 months

– One participant said:  I really appreciate that you’re taking this head on. Right now, in the community [that I am a part of] a lot of people are hiding from racism and sexism, which I find inherently disappointing.

One participant said: Levi, you asked for ideas and feelings. We haven’t really addressed the anger. I just want to verbalize. I get pissed, gets me heated. The idea about safety is I want to fight back. That’s just my initial impulse.

– Spread love, don’t fight with hate. Don’t be negative about it. Embrace that scene.

There’s space for all these ideas in some way or form. Heavy on your heart, set aside time, there’s room for all these things. Take the passion we have and figure it out together.

Conversation about white supremacy

Participant: The more we talk about this, I wonder what Nazi means to a lot of people. It’s white supremacy. What it means in your own home, when you walk out of here. For me [as a person of color] just stepping outside I’m already everything they hate.

Participant: Saying Nazi is a way of distancing ourselves from white supremacy. There’s a level of privilege to even say what should we do. Many don’t even get to ask the question. Keeping that in mind is really important. Deciding we can’t stay here for 7 years, even though it means we may be destroyed, is a privilege.

Levi: I also want to clarify that this is not the work of people of color, this is the responsibility of white folks. We benefit from white supremacy, we’re the ones who need to destroy it.

Participant: My first reaction was I know HUGE isn’t affiliated. It’s no big deal, they stand for community, proud of the organization. I feel like it’s my privilege [as a white male]. No one is trying to legislate my ability to marry and no one is trying to exterminate my race or religion. I think of myself as progressive. I want to be engaged. I gotta know it. I want to see that kind of programming.

Participant: There are people that want to be aware. I perform here, work here, love here. Let’s drown them in love. How do we bring them? Double down our efforts and reach out to more groups. You have a karmic debt to pay the universe, but we’re here for you.

Participant: What are folks going to do when you go home? How do we tell the story? How do we get folks culturally understanding each other? I can talk to some things that are culturally relevant to me, but there’s an automatic wall when there’s a white person. Many times I’m one of two black folks in the room, period. That wall is a level is discomfort – I’m uncomfortable and I can ignore/put up a wall. I can code switch, which is different with people of color. Your everyday interactions with human beings – white supremacy, that’s what this is. Not just about Nazis. We need to engage with each other, we’ve got a lot of stuff to work on ourselves.

Participant (white male): Is there a way to hold a workshop? Trainings and workshops around intercultural development, understanding white supremacy. White supremacy is important to acknowledge. This training that we’re talking about is for white people.

Participant:  The throughline is we pay white supremacists every day. A lot of businesses support these [white supremacy] ideals. As far as I know, paying rent doesn’t change that.

Participant:  I give money to white supremacists all day every day. Sometimes they’re standing right in front of me. We can remember with the seriousness of it, comedy gets that work done. If it’s new to you, someone said Nazi and now you’re like: now this is my problem.

Questions and Answers

Q: What expression is legally allowable on stage?

A: Most expression on stage is legally allowable. You cannot endorse or disparage a current candidate in an election (this includes Trump who declared his candidacy for 2020 soon after taking office). More generally, HUGE considers improv to be an artform that is deeply personal and responsive to social change. We typically let our art do the expression through honesty and humor, rather than, for example, making a speech from the stage.  Blackout is one example of groups tackling tough issues through this artform, there are many more.

Q: Have there have been any threats to HUGE?

A: The only threat so far has been someone wanting to target our landlord with administrative hurdles, which we discouraged as it would only marginally harm our landlord but would likely force us to close until the issue was resolved.

A participant added: I volunteer at the front desk at HUGE and want to make sure people know that HUGE is great about always being available to walk people to their car. Please speak up if you would like someone to accompany you, we can do it if we know.

Q: If something were to happen, what’s best way to let us know?

A: If something happens while you’re in the building, please speak to a house manager or a teacher right away. They can assist you, file report and/or help you call 911. If the situation is less urgent, there are a lot of channels to contact us: HUGE’s Facebook page/direct message, Twitter, Email info@hugetheater.com), call and leave a message (voicemails are emailed to the operations team right away). We are responsive and want to know right away.

Q: If HUGE did move, what  would a capital campaign be like — in cost and how long would it take?

A: A capital campaign would generally take 3-7 years and would need to raise $1-3M. These often involve individual donors contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Theres also the cost of changing locations, which many theaters take a long time to recover or never recover. There’s a theater in Atlanta that is a great example. They knew ahead of time that they would have to move, it went wonderfully, and it still took $2.2million dollars and 3 years, with a small delay and a $40k overage.  

Q: Have you checked our covenants about what it would state? Is there any kind of statement in the bylaws of the building that say that nobody can own or lease from him that he can discriminate? Is there anything pertaining to this building.

A: The only document we have is our lease, and it does not include any language like that. We can certainly look into that, though.

Q: Has HUGE reached out to your landlord’s other tenants?

A: We’ve only talked to a couple other businesses affected by the news.

Q: Has anyone reached out to a real estate attorney to see what the options are?

A: Yes, we are finding out what our options are.

Q: Will the full board be meeting?

A: Yes. We’ve been talking and we’ll be meeting in some way, even if it’s not formal and probably won’t be publicly announced, it’ll just be part of how we’re dealing with this situation.

Concluding Thoughts

– Participant: I understand and support reasons want to move to another spot, also understand that it would be a lot of work to make that happen. I find it really important to add on to distinction. We have an opportunity now. One way to look at it is we’re giving money. Another is that we are taking their property and turning it into an anti-mission to their statement. We get to take one, and this is the one that we’ve got. We’re going to fight and use his property to do it.  If we moved, there could be a KKK operation in HUGE’s place. Important to keep this place as long as we can. Moving is flight. We have to stay and fight.

Participant: It’s like almost like a sit-in. I’m going to do everything in my power to oppose what you represent. Within these walls we develop a new culture. That’s a really important thing.

– Jill:  Butch, Molly, Nels and I aren’t the owners of HUGE. HUGE is a nonprofit and is beholden to the public. YOU are the owners.

– Levi: So you heard Jill. You are all the owners of this space. I am available to anyone who wants to have an uncomfortable conversation. Being really uncomfortable has become my jam. I will spend some time with you. This is an open offer. I’m going to ask Butch to give some closing thoughts.

– Butch: A couple things. Thank you everyone for being here. Weird times ahead. This is not a normal problem that anyone could have foreseen. We’re trying to take great care. That’s the most important thing. We have already gotten a note that worried [our public statement] might be inviting danger or conflict. So, know that HUGE is aware of that and as an org may not be incredibly vocal — but nobody’s waiting for this to go away. We’ll be posting notes from this meeting.  I don’t know when we’ll have hard and fast decisions to announce. There’s no simple answer.

– Levi: I want to reiterate: do self-work to be ready to do this work. Also, relax a bit, let everything out or in. Thank you all for participating in this.

 

HUGE Play Date


How do you find new improv partners? It can be tough. Here’s a chance to just play together and get to know each other a bit, so that you’ll join and start practice groups and teams.  There will be a few snacks. Oh, also? IT’S FREE! At HUGE Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave S

Schedule for Saturday November 18th, 2017
3:00pm We check in and say hi
3:20pm Everyone warms up together
3:40pm We split into groups and say hi
4:00pm Each group performs together
5:30pm We do speed improv
6:00pm We say goodbye, knowing we will receive an email later with a link to approved contact info for all our new pals.

Please fill out the form below to register. 

AUDITION NOTICE: FAMILY DINNER

Family Dinner is holding auditions!

Please fill out the form below to request an audition time for Family Dinner 2017 – directed by Rita Boersma

Family Dinner, created by Michael Ritchie and now in its 6th hear at HUGE, is improvised realism. An unscripted dramatic comedy in two acts about a family gathering for a holiday meal. Act One is the arrival and Act Two takes place at the dinner table sharing REAL FOOD.

PERFORMANCES
Family Dinner will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm in November and December at HUGE Improv Theater
You must be able to make at least 5 of the shows.

AUDITION times will be scheduled:
Saturday 9/23 2-5pm
Sunday 9/24 6-9pm

REHERSALS
You must be able to attend at least 3 of the 4 rehearsal times:
All rehearsals take place in the HUGE Annex (requires stairs) at 10a-12p
Saturday 10/7
Saturday 10/14
Sunday 10/22
Sunday 10/29

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Step NEXT

Thanks to everyone that attended our community forum
Here’s what we know so far:

– Our community is amazing.
– Our mission and commitment to our community guide us.

Next steps:
The full HUGE board is meeting next week.
We’ll have notes from Wednesday’s Step Two: A Community Forum up as soon as we can, which will be by early next week.
We’re also working on planning out the next community meeting and events.

We appreciate everyone’s kind words and offers of help. When faced with bad options, it helps to know we have a little time and a lot of support.

AUDITION NOTICE: PARTY RIOT

Sat Sep 30th we will be holding auditions for PARTY RIOT, which takes place Saturdays in January and February at 8 pm. PARTY RIOT is looking for bad-ass women improvisers to join us in being part of an all-female cast. The 8 pm show will consist of three groups directed by Hannah Wydeven, Rita Boersma and Gubby Kubik. This show will be Assistant Directed by Beth Gibbs and Produced by Sally Foster. Each group will work together to develop their own unique style, around the themes of music, magic and movement. Though there are three separate casts, the teams will rehearse together and perform together. Each show is a continuation of the one before it and each group is inspired by the other improvisers on stage that night.

These are general auditions and you will be cast to a specific director and show style afterwards. Audition slots are 30 minutes long and will be limited to 14 people at a time, so sign up to save your spot. If you are asked to move on to callbacks, those will take place the same day from 1pm – 3pm.

All rehearsals will take place on Saturdays from 10am-12pm beginning Oct 28th. There are 8 rehearsals in total and you must be available for at least 7 of them (Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, 16, 30).

Non-binary and trans folks are enthusiastically invited to this audition.

Auditions will run every 30 minutes

 

SIGN UP HERE

Statement from the Board of HUGE Theater

Step ONE: Our official statement

As everyone else learned the news, we at HUGE Theater were made aware that our landlord made a $500 donation to David Duke in 2016.

HUGE is a nonprofit theater dedicated to building a healthy and diverse improv community. We are in year 3 of a 10-year lease on our building, which has housed our theater from the time we opened in December 2010 – in the middle of a snowstorm and during a recession. What held HUGE Theater together then, and now, is our incredibly supportive and expansive community.

From our first days we have worked to build an inclusive community and to illuminate the path from student to stage so we could share this art form we love. Improv is a deeply personal art form and a multitude of voices are needed to tell new and interesting stories. We are proud to host and give our ongoing support to the Tiny Funny Women Fest, the Black & Funny Festival, monthly POC jams, monthly Queer jams, monthly 40+ jams, and two Women-Trans-Femme classes. We have worked thoughtfully with other theaters nationally to form a Student Bill of Rights and Boundaries guidelines to make sure our classes and stage are inclusive and free of threat or intimidation of any kind.

For these reasons and more, we would like to formally tell Nazis and the KKK that they can fuck straight off.

[ unanimously approved by the full Board of Directors – Aug 29, 2017 ]

Creature Feature and Harold casts announced!

Thank you to everyone that came out to audition!
We are pleased and proud to announce the casts of our Fall shows – Creature Feature and the Harold show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Del’s strange creation.

Creature Feature

Anna Tobin
Erik Nielsen
John Eisenrich
Spencer Retelle
Liz Council
Bobby Gardner
Lizzie Gardner
Clayton Anderson
Brian Hodge-Rice
Nathan K Rouse
Chris Harrington

Harold Teams

Director: Drew Kersten
Assistant Director: John Gebretatose
Nathan K Rouse
Kristi Battarbee
Carl Olson
Richard Ralston
Vann Daley
Blake Theilmann
Eric Heiberg
Liz Council

Director: Molly Chase
Assistant Director: Bryce Kalal
Lauren Chestnut
Brian Hodge-Rice
Kevin Albertson
Mary Mangan
Erica Solomon
Kimberly Miller
Jacob Randall
Susannah Eckberg

Director: Lauren Anderson
Assistant Director: Erin Kennedy
Sandra Struthers
Janay Henry
Christian Unser
Erik Hoversten
Kelsey McGregor
Emily Townswick
Philip Peterson

Both shows open in September 2017 – we will see you on stage!