RAAC presents weekend of comedy improv

Precipice Improv Theater

Have you ever watched “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” and wondered how the actors create scenes and characters with just a few suggestions and get big laughs?

In a weekend that offers an improvisational comedy performance and workshop, RAAC Community Theatre will help pull back the curtain on improv — what it is, how it’s done, and how to apply it in your own life.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the RAAC Community Theatre, Precipice Improv Theater of Washington D.C., and Face Off Unlimited from New York City will perform a show created from audience suggestions and local references. For 15 years, Precipice has presented cutting-edge comedy improv in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Face Off, founded in 2002, performs one of the most successful and longest running comedy shows in New York.

“In improv, nothing is decided in advance. The actors discover their characters and the plot at the same time as the audience,” says Gary Jacobs, Precipice’s founder and director.

In a workshop the next day on Sept. 26 at the RAAC Community Theatre, Jacobs will lead participants through a series of improv games to introduce the principles of improv. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. workshop is open to people of all skill levels.

“You don’t have to be an actor to attend or even be funny,” says Jacobs. “For instance, many of my students use improv techniques to get in touch with their inner writer or artist, or just have fun.”

Jacobs has been teaching, producing, and directing improv for 28 years. He now teaches internationally, as well as on both the East and West Coasts. In April, he taught workshops in Auckland, New Zealand at the Covert Theater and in Christchurch, New Zealand at the Court Theater. His last eight workshops in Bethesda, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and Ventura, California were sold out. See more at precipiceimprov.com.

The RAAC Community Theatre is located at 310 Gay St., Washington. Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $15. The workshop is $50. For the workshop, please wear comfortable clothes and bring a lunch. For reservations and more information for both the performance and workshop, call RAAC at 540-675-3193 or e-mail bsmah@stoneledge.net.

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