Tonight begins a mini-run for a show I’m directing called “Stay Dead! An Improvised Horror Comedy”. This will be the 4th year in a row I’ve directed something like this. The first three years were the Asteroid! Improvised B-Movie shows. We did a few of them in 2011, then we did full runs in 2012 and our ending run in 2013. That show won the 2012 WitOut Award for Best Short Run Show. They earned it too. It was such a fun show. A double-feature of two, 25-30 minute improvised “b-movies”.
Stay Dead! is sort of a successor to the B-Movie for me. Just like B-Movie, this show is completely improvised. No one knows who they are going into the show, if they will live, if they will die, where the show is set. Nothing. This can certainly lead to a plot that might not be the tightest horror tale, but it most definitely makes for a really fun show the audience can ride along with. Unlike the B-Movie which was two separate movies, Stay Dead! is just one set of about 40-45 minutes. Though the shows last weekend were both closer to 55 minutes. Two sets that involved time-traveling wombs, shit people, and lots of pizza.
I was hesitant to take this on when originally asked, but am glad that I did. They worked really hard and allowed me to bring in some really great people to help round out the already fun cast. They also allowed me to name the show and attach an exclamation point, which is more or less, a staple of shows I direct. I’m really proud of how far this show has come in such a short time. Practices were a blast and even lead to some new improv games for me. Thanks to each of them, to PHIT for putting the show up, to Chris Calletta for the awesome art, to anyone that’s come to the midnight shows last week and to anyone coming to shows ahead. There are four shows left and you should definitely check them out. Click the link below for tickets.
STAY DEAD! AN IMPROVISED HORROR COMEDY
Through the use of various horror film tropes the cast creates a frighteningly funny show never seen before and (like many of the characters) never to be seen again! Everyone will die. Not everyone will STAY DEAD!
October 30th 7:30 p.m.
October 31st at 7:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
November 1st at 12:00 a.m.
Philly Improv Theater
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cast: Gab Bottoni, Andrew Coppola, Josh DePowell, Tom Hannigan, Derrick Hackett, Rick Helpa, Alyssa Jackson, Brendan Kingston, Nicole Labrecque, and Kevin Ruth.