Our Big, Giant Writeup in the Austin Chronicle by Roy Janik I can still remember the first time that PGraph was featured in the Austin Chronicle. We were improv babies, and still six strong. I must have stolen about 20 copies of the Chronicle for the record books (I have no record books). As we’ve grown over the years, the Chronicle occasionally checks in. And that all came to a head with this massive writeup/interview in the December 2011 issue. It’s an epically long interview and article by Robert Faires. Re-reading over a year later, I see that it’s also a thoroughly accurate snapshot of our Edinburgh experience, and our thoughts and opinions that crystalized out of it. It’s almost a character reference for PGraph, and a crash course in how we view improv, each other, and the troupe dynamic. Read the whole article here:...Read More
Ever since we first visited Montreal in 2009, we’ve been wanting to return. Montreal is a beautiful town full of contrasts and culture. You’ll find lots of opposites living side by side in a strange harmony: French and English, classic and modern, religious and secular, European and American, all vibrantly rushing against each other. And what better time to enjoy the cultural delights of Montreal than in the dead of winter, when the whole rushing city seems frozen still? So in late January, Pgraph packed up our thick winter coats, or thermal underwear, and our snow boots and flew North. The Montreal improv scene is on the cusp of explosion, in a good way. Montreal Improv, our hosts for the weekend, started teaching classes in 2008 and opened Montreal’s first dedicated improv theatre in 2010. They now serve 150+ students with weekly classes and have shows three nights a week in both English and French. Their theatre space is a lovely little black box space up a couple of flight of stairs in what would appear to be an office building. Extra double bonus for us: the theatre space comes with a classroom/guest apartment, where we as visiting artists resided during our visit. Theoretically, we could have stayed inside our buidling for almost the whole trip, venturing out only for groceries once or twice. But we were brave, and boldly faced the snow and ice to enjoy the many amazing food options the city offers. Here we are all bundled up for the cold: Schwartz’s is a Montreal institution, specializing in smoked meat. They’re so famous, in fact, that there is a full-length musical dedicated to its deliciousness. We...Read More
Kaci here with a little London Trip Re-Cap! We went to the UK for 12 days earlier this month to teach and perform our special brand of improvised theatre. We spent most of our time in London, but also had jaunts down to Brighton and over to Bristol. We were able to arrange this trip because these people had all seen us in Edinburgh and liked the work we did. It’s amazing…every step into the unknown has brought us innumerable surprises after the fact. We had the most gracious hosts you can imagine at every destination. We stayed with some very lovely people – Jonathan & Jinni, and their two flatmates in a 4-story flat in Tooting Bec. It was our “home base” for the entire trip, and so, so refreshing to return to. We took the tube or the train everywhere we needed to go. We performed 3 shows, one at London’s Slapdash Festival of Improvisation (which we were invited to by the smashing Jules Munns), one in Jonathan Monkhouse’s weekly Wednesday show at The Miller, and one with The Maydays at The Little Marlborough Theater in Brighton (which was put together by the charming Heather Urquhart). We taught workshops and coaching sessions that were tailored to individual groups as well as workshops open to the public. They mostly all featured exercises in performing narrative improvisation (improv that tells a longer story throughout the course of a show), but also some individualized techniques. All said and done we taught for a total of 26 hours while we were in the UK. So yes, it was a bit of a working vacation, but it was all very fulfilling and fun...Read More
Kaci here! (I’m the shorter girl with glasses if you only know us by our good looks) I’ve got lots of exciting news for you, dear reader, and some wrapping up to do as well! I’m going to break this into separate parts for easier digestion. Reverend Goodman’s Cure-All Elixir Traveling Revue Our January-February run of Reverend Goodman was exactly what we wanted it to be – an exciting, never-ending challenge that put our audience first. If you missed it, this was our traveling medicine show-inspired format. Kareem Badr headed our devious quartet as Reverend Joseph Goodman, I played Bess Davis, an English prostitute, Valerie Ward was The Widow Charlotte Payne, while Roy Janik took up the mantle of a scientist-academic as Dr. Percival Sharpe. We played our characters the entire time, from start to finish, and there was no fourth wall (the audience was always directly addressed and acknowledged). The premise? The year was 1909. We were a group of traveling performers pushing morality tales, miracles cures, and advice to the “towns” (our audiences) we visited. Lots of audience interaction, participation, and unexpected surprises. The biggest surprise you probably didn’t realize? We never worked off a set-list. We made up our games, scenes, and scenarios in the moment – pretending we had this entire show planned out. Some audience members thought we scripted the whole night, but it was far from that, despite the fact that we knew our characters, setting, and purpose. Another fun element to the show was that we pretended to be “Good Christian Men and Women” and then unveiled throughout the show what terrible tricksters, thieves, murderers, and cads we actually were. For us,...Read More
Beware the Reverend and his three cohorts. They travel from town to town, claiming to be good Christian men and women, selling miracle medicine and telling great and entertaining tales of woe! But do not be deceived by them! They are liars and thieves, every last one.Read More
In our 9+ year history, we have developed and performed a number of different shows, formats, and structures. Here are some of the more notable ones.