Transactors Improv celebrates the ups and downs of romantic love with Valentine’s Day Musical at The ArtsCenter, Feb. 14. The performance is comprised of five stand-alone episodes, each improvised from audience suggestions and featuring made-up-on-the-spot songs. Each episode will be introduced with an existing song by the likes of Kurt Weill, John Prine, and Lennon and McCartney.
“Love shows are a Transactors tradition,” says company director Greg Hohn. “It’s our favorite subject because the emotions are so high, from despair to euphoria. The audience gets caught up in it too. We had a marriage proposal take place during one of our performances and, who knows, maybe someone’s been dumped mid-show too. Regardless, it’s a rollercoaster ride.”
The cast for Valentine’s Day Musical includes special guest Dana Marks, Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Glenn Mehrbach provides piano accompaniment. Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.
Transactors Improv is the longest-running improvisational theater in the south. Their work focuses on emotion, physicality, character, commitment, teamwork, and fun.
The company formed in 1983 at The ArtsSchool in Carrboro, N.C., as a children’s theater. Much of its work was scripted, but over time the group metamorphosed into a professional touring company performing improvisational theater for audiences of all ages.
Transactors Improv performs primarily in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and has appeared coast to coast and from Florida to Canada. The company has been heard on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Co. Transactors Improv also teaches people of all ages in a wide variety of venues, from corporations and colleges to elementary schools and arts camps.
Members of Transactors Improv have had the opportunity to study individually and collectively with the leading lights of improv, including Groundlings founder Gary Austin, Joe Bill, Del Close, Martin de Maat, Charna Halpern of iO, Keith Johnstone, Annoyance Theater’s Mick Napier, Second City, Paul Sills, and Mark Sutton.
Learn more about Transactors Improv here: Transactors Improv Company
Tickets $15 Public, $12 Senior, $10 Student