Thursday, July 10, 2008

Un-Scripted vs. Unscripted

There’s a new improv group in LA called the Unscripted Repertory Co. (pictured), suspiciously similar to the Un-Scripted Theater Company (of which I am a founding member). They even have a show called Shakespeare Unscripted, perhaps even more suspiciously similar to our own Shakespeare: Un-Scripted.

I’d think perhaps that this was just a coincidence, except that looking at their company members, at least two of them have definitely heard of us. I’d be upset, except that one of their members, Stephen Kearin, is one of my improv idols. Dan O’Connor rates up their too. It actually is quite flattering to have such powerhouses of improv reference us (even obliquely) in their name.

Perhaps, someday we can get BATS to host a special “Un-Scripted vs. Unscripted” Theatresports ™ match, except that it would have to be two full-length improvised plays going head-to-head. That wouldn’t really be Theatresports ™ then. I guess it would be a new Longformsports, in which case we wouldn’t need BATS to host it. Maybe we’d have it at a neutral site, like Vegas and sell the rights to pay-per-view and make millions. Millions!

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