It may be a small town, but Sarasota, Florida has one heck of an annual improv festival and it starts today (Fri 12th July)
Now in its 11th year, it is bringing more than 20 improv troupes to Florida Studio Theatre. Quartet, the headliner, has members have written for 30 Rock and MADtv. The festival also features The Maydays, from the United Kingdom, and 2-Man No-Show, from Canada. Popular returning groups include Available Cupholders and ImprovBoston and, as per any good improv festival, there is a great selection of workshops too.
Headliners Quartet were formed by Bob Dassie in the 1990s. Over the years, they have featured members like Tami Sagher (a writer on 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother), Stephnie Weir (MADtv) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock). The four members of the ensemble performing here are Carla Cackowski, Craig Cackowski, Dassie and Jean Villepique, all of whom were part of Chicago’s original iO Theater . Dassie has performed and taught improv all over the world and has appeared on Monk, Community and HBO’s Funny or Die Presents. Villepique has starred on AP Bio, Sharp Objects and 30 Rock.
In addition to the 27 performances scheduled over the festival weekend, 14 workshops will be held for those who want to up-skill plus there will be the popular ffinale All Play, where all of the festival performers take the stage together, returns as well.
For more on the festival check out https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org