Come Watch A Bunch of Funny, Talented People. Plus Me.

As I think I’ve mentioned, eleventy times or more, I’m halfway through a level 1 improv class with Washington Improv Theater.

My interest in improv has little to do with wanting to join an improv group or be on stage, and is more about exploring improv as a spiritual and life practice. My friend Marthame Sanders and I will be exploring improv lessons specifically for congregations in a workshop, “The Yes-And Church,” at the NEXT Church Conference in Atlanta in a couple weeks. Marthame is a pastor and is connected with the improv community in Atlanta, so there will also be an improv show that’s open to everyone on Tuesday evening, February 23 at 7pm at the Village Theatre (2 minute walk from King Memorial MARTA Station).

As someone who hasn’t studied all that much improv, I was happy to leave this to the experts and sit comfortably in the audience. After all, I’m not in this to perform, right?

On the other hand, the spirit of NEXT Church is risk and play. And as the girls on Friends learned when they tried to sit in the back of a dance class, You don’t observe a dance class. You DANCE a dance class.

So… I will be joining these creative improvisers for at least part of the evening on the 23rd.

But you should definitely come anyway.

Cost is $21. Buy tickets here.


2 thoughts on “Come Watch A Bunch of Funny, Talented People. Plus Me.

  1. Ted Chadeayne

    Life is not a spectator sport. With my two daughters, I’m amazed how willing they are to try anything, without concern if they’re good at it – violin, knitting, guitar. They always want to turn every new activity into a world-stopping concert or performance. Only when we become more “adult” do we worry what people might think of us.
    I was reading recently (was it by you? I’ve forgotten) that we should take the time to be a beginner, to rejoice in our awkward development. In many ways, that’s the most interesting part of discovery. If we could play Chopin with little effort, we would learn nothing along the way. But because we struggle, we can develop our own style. We go through the time of being a beginner, not to simply copy someone else’s music, but to find our own.
    I’m happy that you’re embracing this beginning stage of your improv career fearlessly. I hope you can use it to find your own voice in becoming MaryAnn, Improv Artist.


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