This summer, Mona and Shara drove around the country for 9 weeks and performed 29 shows and led 13 workshops in 19 cities at 20 different theaters. Now they're back and ready to do 2 improv shows with 2 of their favorite local San Francisco improv groups! Specifically, SLAM (Friday) and Boarding Party (Saturday).
In Friday's show, Tim Orr and Jason Leal of SLAM will start the night off with scenes that all begin with the sound effect of a door opening or closing, and Mona and Shara will close it out with one 40-minute completely improvised story.
And on Saturday, Boarding Party (Peter Chapman, Sean Marney, and Anton Shuster) will explore the unknown with their action-based improv in the first half. And, in the second half, you'll see Mona and Shara doing a format they like to call "A Bunch of Scenes."
Tickets are $10-$15 in advance and $15-$20 at the door.
--- Meet the Cast! ---
Mona and Shara Do Improv (both nights)
Mona and Shara have been improvising for a combined 16 years. They met in college performing with the Stanford Improvisors and are now both ensemble members at San Francisco’s Un-Scripted Theater Company. In the summer of 2017, they toured the U.S. for 9 weeks performing and teaching improv in 19 cities.
Together, they teach a variety of classes and perform shortform and narrative lonform shows. In each show, you'll see them creating many different worlds, stories, and characters.
Mona Thompson is an improv performer, teacher, and coach. She began improvising in high school, continued in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisors, and never looked back. Currently, Mona performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Social Studies Improv, Minerva, and, of course, Mona and Shara Do Improv. She teaches at BATS Improv, Un-Scripted Theater Company, Stagebridge, and Stanford University. In 2014, she co-founded Collective Capital, a company that helps organizations create a culture of innovation through improv and design. Learn more at monajthompson.com.
Shara Tonn is an improviser, teacher, actor and clown. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and the San Francisco Circus Center's Clown Conservatory, Shara performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Minerva, Mona and Shara Do Improv, Bay Area Children's Theater, and Bay Area circus shows. She teaches improv at Collective Capital, Un-Scripted Theater Company and Aragon High School. In 2017, Shara performed as a clown in the AEMI International Comedy Festival in Shanghai.
The improvisers, Jason Leal and Tim Orr, hail from San Francisco. Collectively, they have performed together in countless formats, including musicals, murder mysteries, Harolds, and many others. They share a common passion for character, “where work” and narrative in improv, and are known both across the country and abroad for their performances, instruction and innovations in the art of improvisation.
Jason Leal has been studying improv and performing since 2002. He has had the privilege of performing with some of the Bay Area’s best improvisors and ensembles. Jason hails from Fresno but pretends he’s a San Francisco native. He also knows all the words to Poco’s 1979 hit “Crazy Love.”
Tim Orr has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, True Fiction Magazine, Awkward Dinner Party, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. Since 2015, he has toured Europe with Inbal Lori from Berlin performing their duo show Click. Tim has also appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote, and originated the role of Dirk Manly in, An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Tim has performed and taught improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgium, Berlin, Bucharest, Hamburg, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Mallorca, Oslo, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Stockholm, and more.)
Boarding Party (Saturday)
Boarding Party is an improv trio consisting of comedians Anton Shuster, Peter Chapman, and Sean Marney. Their show SPACE TRIP, an improvised sci-fi serial where the captain always dies, has been running for over a year at Stage Werx Theatre in the Mission. They also perform around the country in comedy festivals, including local favorite SF Sketchfest. They love to take subjects to their funniest place and are known for their camaraderie both on and off stage. (This last trait earned two of them their greatest accolade: a defeat of Mona and Shara in a “Newlywed Game” earlier this year.)
Peter Chapman fell in love with improv way back when he was in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisers (SImps). He currently performs in DASH, a late night improv free-for-all, and SPACE TRIP, where he plays a carnivorous diplomatic mantis named ??. When he’s not improvising, he’s probably eating.
Sean Marney is an artist and performer from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. When on stage he is usually improvising in character as Buzz Aldrin or performing alongside a toddler-sized puppet created to look like him (also named Sean). He is currently working on a series of surreal gag strips, Big Ideas, which he writes and draws while pursuing an MFA in San Francisco.
Anton Shuster has been performing since 5th grade when his parents bought a cassette-tape karaoke machine. He loves to learn new skills and is currently working on ASL, vocal techniques, and freestyle rapping. His YouTube history is full of backpack reviews and videos of miniature food. You are likely to find him at a karaoke bar singing Motown, at a house party joyfully dancing, or at the Endgames improv jam jamming improv.
Music by Jacob Russell-Snyder (Friday) & David Norfleet (Saturday)