Last night was one of the most fabulous live theater experiences I've had in a while. It involved people from here, here and here, three cameras, one (possibly) AVID editing bay and other tech set up on the stage, and a horde of players split into three teams and dispersed throughout Hollywood Boulevard on a Saturday night filming scenes they make up on the spot. Runners brought the tape from wherever each team shot back to the theater, where the two editors set up on the stage slammed the tape, edited on the fly and ran the result on the big screen.
Just to emphasize the point, the players did not know what they were going to do until they started to do it. The editors did not know what the players were up to until they got the tape in hand. Then the editors had to cut a narrative from the raw footage while sitting on a stage being watched by a full house.
It was amazing.
The film they improvised, based on an audience suggestion, was called "Dr. Who and the Whatchamacallits." Turned out to have nothing to with the Dr. Who we geeks know and love, but it was hysterical anyway. They used three props collected from audience members - an iPhone (boy is *that* guy trusting...and also he's either got 20 of those blue & white 3/4 sleeve t-shirts or he's got just the one and wears it all the time), a tube of eye medication, and a pair of broken sunglasses. I'm not going to attempt a plot summary because, as when I've tried to describe to people what a Catnip (no website yet) or 313 show is like, it doesn't work that way. Comes down to You Really Had To Be There.
This was the inaugural effort. Based on conversations and eavesdropping
in the bar before the show, those involved had no idea if they would be
able to pull it off or if it would end in complete and total disaster. Months of planning went into pulling off this one hour feat.
They're going to do the next one Feb. 24, 11 p.m. at IO West. I got in for free so I'm not really sure what the tickets cost, but it can't be more than $10. Mark your calendars and get there a wee bit early. Last night's event was a packed house even though it was pretty much only advertised among family. Whatever they do next time will be completely different from last night as that's the nature of this art form. I don't know if they saved what they did last night, but if Agent A cuts and uploads a video down the road, I'll share.
I love this town!
(Obama stuff soon. I'm going to wrap in select picts from all of the events, the ones I still have, anyway...)