As I think I've mentioned, eleventy times or more, I'm halfway through a level 1 improv class with Washington Improv Theater. My interest in improv has little to do with wanting to join an improv group or be on stage, and is more about exploring improv as a spiritual and life practice. My friend Marthame Sanders and I will be exploring improv lessons specifically for congregations in a workshop, "The Yes-And Church," at the NEXT Church Conference in Atlanta in a couple weeks. Marthame is a pastor and is connected with the improv community in Atlanta, so there will also be an improv show that's open to everyone on Tuesday evening, February 23 at 7pm at the Village Theatre (2 minute walk from King Memorial MARTA Station).
As someone who hasn't studied all that much improv, I was happy to leave this to the experts and sit comfortably in the audience. After all, I'm not in this to perform, right?
On the other hand, the spirit of NEXT Church is risk and play. And as the girls on Friends learned when they tried to sit in the back of a dance class, You don't observe a dance class. You DANCE a dance class.
So... I will be joining these creative improvisers for at least part of the evening on the 23rd.
But you should definitely come anyway.
Cost is $21. Buy tickets here.