About The Naked Screen

The Naked Screen, presented by the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, combines the essential elements of San Francisco-based longform improvisation: commitment to character and story, and the ability to create rich environments and genres. The improvisers take the stage without knowing what genre of movie they’ll be performing that evening, and with a simple suggestion from the audience the story begins. Hugely popular in San Francisco, The Naked Screen makes its Austin debut at the 2012 Improvised Play Festival.

The Naked Screen requires of the improvisers not only that they create multiple characters and storylines on the spot, but that they also execute time and location transitions throughout the story, as in a movie. The members of Improv Playhouse of San Francisco are pioneers in this aspect of improv, dating back to the origins of single-story improvised movies in San Francisco in 1988.

Tim Orr, Artistic Director of The Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, is excited to bring The Naked Stage and The Naked Screen to Austin, where he has previously performed with 3 For All and Double Feature. Regina Saisi and Lisa Rowland, have also performed in Austin, and all three have worked extensively together in BATS Improv, True Fiction Magazine and Awkward Dinner Party.

About the Festival:

Each year the Hideout Theatre in Austin assembles a full weekend of improvised one-act plays. The schedule is packed with The Hideout’s own repertoire of shows, exciting new shows from other theaters in Austin, and special out-of-town guest troupes.

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