Join Zenprov for an evening of spontaneous hilarity on Saturday, Sept 26 at 7:30 PM at Mary Fisher Theatre in Sedona. Tickets are $12 per sale, $15 at the door.
“Zenprov is the best comedy troupe in Arizona,” said Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “People were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting.”
If you’ve never attended one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs fast-paced games and scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is rehearsed or prepared ahead of time. Best of all, it’s never the same show twice.
“We took four months off, and everybody been asking us, "when are you guys performing next?” said Derek Dujardin the troupe’s director. “It really nice to know our comedy has become part of the community, and people miss it when it's not around. Over the summer, we've been hard at work learning a fun new lineup of games to surprise and delight our audience.”
The theme of the show "Falling Down Laughing" is pun on the new Fall season as well as an important improv acting technique. According to Dujardin, sometimes the mistakes an actor makes in improv becomes material for great laughs later. Instead of dreading mistakes, the troupe learns to embrace them, justify them, weave them into the scene to make them work. "You know that saying, 'We'll look back at this and laugh?' I say, why wait?
The Zenprov Comedy players embrace the Del Close method of improv acting, which emphasizes the “group mind” that mysteriously develops during a performance. Miraculously, the player’s minds fuse together to create a “super mind” where they practically finish each other’s sentences—and often do. Laughter ensues.
The super minds of Zenprov Comedy are Derek Dujardin, Shaeri Richards, Chris Redish, Bryan Cooperrider, Shaunn Cochran, Betty Testa, Linda Roemer and Mary Carder.
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show. This one-night-only performance is expected to sell out so please purchase tickets early. Tickets can be purchased on this site or Crystal Magic in Sedona and Jerona Cafe in Cottonwood.
The Mary D. Fisher Theater is located across the street from Harkin’s Movie Theater on 2030 St. Rt. 89A. Doors open at 6:45 PM. Shows are family friendly (rated PG-13) and run approximately 90 minutes.