RETREAT:  Mindful Play, Playful Mind in Santa Cruz California
Jun
11
to Jun 15

RETREAT: Mindful Play, Playful Mind in Santa Cruz California

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This four-day interactive retreat combines the arts and disciplines of improvisation and mindfulness to help you cultivate a playful, connected approach to the moments life throws at you.  If you have a feeling that there could be more joy, freedom, adventure and connection in your life, you are right.  This retreat will give you tools to get there!

Co-lead with Ted DesMaisons in the beautiful Quaker Retreat Center in Ben Lomond, California.

For more info and to register, click here.

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Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stagewerx
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stagewerx

IPSF is back with their signature format, The Naked Stage. Tonight they will be joined by special guest BEN JOHNSON back for a visit from New York! This show is a completely improvised three-act stage play on a single set (of your choosing).  This is improv at its most naked - one character each, no scene cuts or time jumps.  Just characters, relationships, and the ways we affect each other.

Click here for tickets!

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The Death Show @ BATS Improv
Apr
18
to Apr 19

The Death Show @ BATS Improv

In this exciting partnership with Let's Reimagine, BATS takes its approach to opening up a conversation about one of the most taboo topics in America: Death.

Reimagine's goal is to get people talking about the end of life so that we may aim to have a healthier relationship to it, and therefore, to our own lives!

BATS is thrilled to be a part of its weeklong series of events.

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Epic Romance @ BATS Improv
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Epic Romance @ BATS Improv

In the spirit of "Dr. Zhivago" and "Gone with the Wind", get ready for a sweeping tale of love that defies all odds. Set against a backdrop of world changing events, this might be the biggest stories (and the biggest casts) we've ever attempted on the BATS stage!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

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Epic Romance @ BATS Improv
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Epic Romance @ BATS Improv

In the spirit of "Dr. Zhivago" and "Gone with the Wind", get ready for a sweeping tale of love that defies all odds. Set against a backdrop of world changing events, this might be the biggest stories (and the biggest casts) we've ever attempted on the BATS stage!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

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Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace
Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace

A couple throws a dinner party, but only one person shows up.  Explore what happens when the gathering doesn't go quite as planned.  An innovative mix of short- and long-form improvisation, Awkward Dinner Party, celebrating its ninth year in San Francisco, is a three-person improv show featuring Dave Dennison and Lisa Rowland, joined by a different guest each time it's performed.  

For tickets, click HERE.

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Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Awkward Dinner Party @ NOHspace

A couple throws a dinner party, but only one person shows up.  Explore what happens when the gathering doesn't go quite as planned.  An innovative mix of short- and long-form improvisation, Awkward Dinner Party, celebrating its ninth year in San Francisco, is a three-person improv show featuring Dave Dennison and Lisa Rowland, joined by a different guest each time it's performed.  

For tickets, click HERE.

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Director's Cut @ BATS Improv
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Director's Cut @ BATS Improv

Five directors - each trying to bring their own vision to life, spontaneously right before your eyes.  YOU ARE THE ACADEMY - you decide their fate! Reward them if it's a hit, or punish them if it's a flop. At the end of the show, one director will stand above the rest.  It's the way the Oscar's should be!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

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Split Decision @ BATS Improv
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

Split Decision @ BATS Improv

Join us for an improv show that explores the little decisions we make everyday, and the consequences of those seemingly mundane choices.  YOU, the audience, will help us make these decisions.  If at some point in the show, the audience is evenly divided between both options, we'll explore the results of both choices.  

For more and tickets, click HERE.

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Theatresports @ BATS Improv
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Theatresports @ BATS Improv

Each night, brand new teams go head-to-head, challenging each other to improvised games and scenes. And YOU determine the winner!
Don’t miss this fan-favorite, fast paced competition. Every show is one-night only.

Lisa plays this show with Tim Orr and Regina Saisi.

For more info and tickets, click here.

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Split Decision @ BATS Improv
Jan
6
8:00 PM20:00

Split Decision @ BATS Improv

Join us for an improv show that explores the little decisions we make everyday, and the consequences of those seemingly mundane choices.  YOU, the audience, will help us make these decisions.  If at some point in the show, the audience is evenly divided between both options, we'll explore the results of both choices.  

For more and tickets, click HERE.

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Theatresports @ BATS Improv
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

Theatresports @ BATS Improv

Each night, brand new teams go head-to-head, challenging each other to improvised games and scenes. And YOU determine the winner!
Don’t miss this fan-favorite, fast paced competition. Every show is one-night only.

Lisa plays this show with Dave Dennison and Rebecca Poretsky.

For more info and tickets, click here.

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NYE Spontaneous Broadway @ BATS Improv
Dec
31
8:00 PM20:00

NYE Spontaneous Broadway @ BATS Improv

Celebrate a new year with us at BATS Improv!  An extravagant evening of song and dance, this musical format full of improvised stories and songs is one of our most popular.  In the first half, hear songs made up on the spot inspired by YOUR suggestions.  Vote on your favorite and then see it turned into a full story in the second half!

More info and ticket, click HERE.

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Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv
Dec
30
8:00 PM20:00

Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv

In the spirit of “Oliver!” and “A Christmas Carol”, BATS brings you a brand new, improvised on-the-spot Holiday Musical set in the world of Charles Dickens. 

With bigger-than-life characters and songs created right before your eyes, this show will warm your heart, and have you singing “Please, I want some more”!

More info and tickets HERE.

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Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv
Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv

In the spirit of “Oliver!” and “A Christmas Carol”, BATS brings you a brand new, improvised on-the-spot Holiday Musical set in the world of Charles Dickens. 

With bigger-than-life characters and songs created right before your eyes, this show will warm your heart, and have you singing “Please, I want some more”!

More info and tickets HERE.

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Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

Songs For A Sixpence @ BATS Improv

In the spirit of “Oliver!” and “A Christmas Carol”, BATS brings you a brand new, improvised on-the-spot Holiday Musical set in the world of Charles Dickens. 

With bigger-than-life characters and songs created right before your eyes, this show will warm your heart, and have you singing “Please, I want some more”!

More info and tickets HERE.

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Holiday Snapshot @ BATS Improv
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Holiday Snapshot @ BATS Improv

A picture is worth a thousand words. Our talented cast of improvisers takes their inspiration from photographs provided by you, the audience! Each scene will start with a new photograph, and the scenes are most likely unrelated. The evocative, non-literal nature of photographs allows the actors to discover their way into characters and situations through the feeling that the images inspire, creating a night of improvised theatre that is as hilarious as it is heartwarming.

More info and tickets HERE.

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

Women are far-too-often represented insufficiently in works of fiction and entertainment.

Yes, even now.
Yes, improv included.

BATS responds with a show that seeks to do the revolutionary:
put complicated women at the centers of stories.

 

The Bechdel Test borrows its name from a set of criteria made famous by cartoonist Alison Bechdel,
asking whether there is:
1) any scene in a movie in which
2) two women talk to one another
3) about something other than a man. 

A surprising number of films fail this simple test.

Our show takes a look at the complex lives of women who stand alone as main characters rather than being accessories in the lives of their male counterparts.  We seek to recognize and celebrate the many sides of a life: tender and fierce, traditional and counter-culture, buttoned-up and carefree, insecure and badass. 

More info and tickets HERE

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The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv
Sep
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv

A Completely Improvised 3-Act Play.
We have no idea where the play will be set and no clue what the plot will be, but with a few suggestions from you, we’ll create a surprising, moving and brand new play right on the spot. The result is a character-driven, heartfelt and unpredictable experience sure to surprise and delight. Each show, and each play is a one-night-only experience.
 

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv
Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Naked Stage @ BATS Improv

A Completely Improvised 3-Act Play.
We have no idea where the play will be set and no clue what the plot will be, but with a few suggestions from you, we’ll create a surprising, moving and brand new play right on the spot. The result is a character-driven, heartfelt and unpredictable experience sure to surprise and delight. Each show, and each play is a one-night-only experience.

For more info and tickets, click HERE.
 

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Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv
Aug
12
8:00 PM20:00

Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv

Mysteries and magic, heroes and thieves, animal fables and tales of love everlasting! Watch as we spontaneously create new chapters for the timeless Arabian classic anthology.  This is an exciting partnership with Zawaya, a local Arabic arts non-profit organization who will be providing improvised musicians for our show.  Please come be transported to the oases and deserts of the Arabian Peninsula in this performance!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

 

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Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Arabian Nights @ BATS Improv

Mysteries and magic, heroes and thieves, animal fables and tales of love everlasting! Watch as we spontaneously create new chapters for the timeless Arabian classic anthology.  This is an exciting partnership with Zawaya, a local Arabic arts non-profit organization who will be providing improvised musicians for our show.  Please come be transported to the oases and deserts of the Arabian Peninsula in this performance!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

 

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WORKSHOP: The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
Aug
10
to Aug 13

WORKSHOP: The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

The Bechdel Test is a lens we can use to look at how women show up in works of fiction.  Named for cartoonist Alison Bechdel, it asks the question, "Is there a scene between two women talking to each other about something other than a man?"

The remarkably low percentage of films and stories that pass this test points to the fact that we all have grown accustomed to creating and seeing stories centering around men.  And as story creators we often perpetuate that pattern. 

Debuting on the main stage at BATS in August 2016, the Bechdel test format aims to explore the complexities, relationships, and stories of women.  Simply deciding to make stories whose main characters are women - good, bad, likeable and not - is a departure from the stories that we often consume and create!

This format includes both men and women - it is not a female-only class, as this is not a female-only issue! The class is for a experienced improvisors with performance experience.

Taught by Lisa Rowland and Dave Dennison.

For more info, click here.

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Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company
Aug
5
8:00 PM20:00

Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company

Two improvised “films” unfold simultaneously as four actors, playing numerous characters, collaborate to create a theatrical experience that juggles a pair of completely different stories. The results are not only entertaining, but often suspenseful and moving.

Cast: Rafe Chase, Rez Graham, Lisa Rowland, and Regina Saisi.

"Four Actors, one musician and one light technician create two original feature-length stories and it is completely, hysterically outrageous... you're left with only with aching cheeks and the sense of giddiness that comes from experiencing fearlessness."
-JoAnne Tobias, The San Francisco Guide

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Double Feature @ Un-Scripted Theater Company

Two improvised “films” unfold simultaneously as four actors, playing numerous characters, collaborate to create a theatrical experience that juggles a pair of completely different stories. The results are not only entertaining, but often suspenseful and moving.

Cast: Rafe Chase, Rez Graham, Lisa Rowland, and Regina Saisi.

"Four Actors, one musician and one light technician create two original feature-length stories and it is completely, hysterically outrageous... you're left with only with aching cheeks and the sense of giddiness that comes from experiencing fearlessness."
-JoAnne Tobias, The San Francisco Guide

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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