The Commedia Company was created in 2018 in response to the pangs in Virginia Scott’s heart from so often having nothing to offer students who caught her in the hallway after class when they earnestly whispered, “Is there somewhere I can like go to see this, you know… performed??!” Now, finally, she can look those hopeful students in the eye and say, “Hell, yes! And you better hold onto your socks, sister!”
The Commedia Company is Phase One of the development of a performance wing of the Funny School of Good Acting, in which we have begun to offer our training to the public in the form of performance. We’re raising the profile of the funny forms and shining a light on the extraordinary skills and talents of our faculty and alumni. Clown Company comes next and then… Wanna do it too? Sign up for of those Funny classes!
The Commedia Company will be back with a BRAND NEW show in January 2020!
It's an ALL NEW show of devised work AND improvisation in a seat-of-the-pants explosion of comedy, politics, and 17th century English Country Dancing*. The most dangerously talented, bravest and funniest actors working today will use the masks and archetypes of the Commedia dell 'Arte to take on the world we live in now - no bags of gold, arranged marriages or Renaissance-y bullshit! Watch as they transform themselves, space, and time at lightning speed. There will be moments of ecstatic hilarity and moments of deep collective soul-searching. And fart jokes (probably).
with Brandt Adams, Will Clark, Nick Mayfield, Ralf Jean-Pierre, Jeff Seal, Christopher Tramantana
and music by John Coyne
* Could be - anything is possible.
Come play with the Commedia Company!
It’s an open rehearsal series where you can drop in and experience the inner workings of the Commedia Company and see what the heck playing a mask is all about. (Hint: it’s about defining strong characters physically and vocally and tipping into surprising physical and verbal comic invention!) We promise no bags of gold, arranged marriages, exaggerated physical indications or other Renaissance-y bullshit – the way we rock it is happening right now, surprisingly physical and astonishingly funny.
Each rehearsal we work some of the masks and the possibilities of their physical and vocal articulations as well as their status and status relationships. We’ll endeavor to discover how these masks might be played as characters in the present day and what kind of personal relationship we can find to each mask. Then we will explore GIMP-P (Game, Improvisation, Meta-play, Physical & Vocal Articulation and Ping-Pong). Finally, we’ll improvise some material all together! Virginia Scott and at least 2 members of the Commedia Company will lead rehearsals.
All rehearsals are on Mondays in various locations in Brooklyn. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Dec 2, 2-5pm
Dec 9, 7-10pm
Come to just one or every one! Email email@example.com to let us know you are coming and get all the dirty details. $15.
For those interested in joining The Commedia Company (or just playing with us for a night!) Nov 25 and Dec 16 will be rehearsals with the full company by invitation only. (Nov 25, 7-10pm & Dec 16, 630-9pm)
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