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The 15 Hour Project
May 17, 2014
Theatre Momentum is proud to announce our
signature event, The 15 Hour Project.
Join us for an entire day of workshop, rehearsal,
and performance, with some great Chicago directors.
Every time we run this event, it's been a complete
blast, so we hope you can join us.
The entire day of the 15 Hour Project will take place at
the Theatre Momentum Studio (1800 W. Cornelia Ave).
The 15 Hour Project consists of three parts:
A morning workshop (10 AM-4 PM), followed by an
afternoon rehearsal period (5-8 PM) and an evening
performance (10 PM).
The entire day of the 15 Hour Project will take place at
the Theatre Momentum Studio (1800 W. Cornelia Ave),
beginning at 9:30 AM (check-in) on Saturday, May 17th.
Performances will begin in our Studio C at 10 PM.
The entirety of the 15 Hour Project is just $10!
That's right, this entire day of workshop and
performance is just $10, to cover the costs of coaches,
space, and pizza lunch.
To make sure all participants are on the
same page, we require 6 months improv or acting
experience to participate in the 15 Hour Project.
Performances are FREE, this
year, so invite whoever you like for some great, smart
Schedule is as follows:
9:30 AM — Check in
10 AM-4 PM — Workshop
session with Tony Rielage
Tony Rielage, Theatre Momentum's Artistic
Director, will run a 6 hour workshop to generate three
brand new show formats. The structure of this workshop
will use input from all workshop participants to create
some truly unique shows. These shows will be performed a
few times, polished a bit, and prepped for rehearsal. At
the end of the workshop session, the participants will
break into three groups, to work on one singular format.
4-5 PM — Break.
Pizza and drink provided.
5-8 PM — Rehearsal.
After break, the three show forms are
handed off to our three directors, John Abbott, Erin
Monahan, and Harz Sondericker. Workshoppers will
rehearse the formats they created that morning,
tweaking, polishing, and preparing them for performance.
The shows being prepared will aim for a 30-35 minute
8-9 PM — Break.
9 PM —
Actors arrive in Studio C, are given the
run-down on how the evening will be structured.
9:30 PM —
Doors open. Performances for the 15 Hour Project are
FREE this year, so invite everyone you
10 PM — First of The 15 Hour
Project shows begins.
Performances will run about 30-35 minutes apiece,
with one intermission.
Cost: Only $10!
That's right. This entire day of workshop,
rehearsal, and performance is just $10, including lunch.
We're absolutely capping things at 30 people, so if you
are planning to attend, it's first come, first served.
Payment must be received via PayPal to book your spot.
Your space is not reserved until your payment is
Sign up here:
The 15 Hour Project is open to anyone, though we ask
that participants have a minimum of 6 months improv/acting
experience. Due to the nature of this event, it's
simply easier to work it this way. If you have questions
regarding this restriction, just ask.
Questions? Drop us a line at
the Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Momentum,
and has been performing, directing, and producing improv
theatre for 22 years, notably with the Nothing Sacred
Players, Trespassers Only, and International Stinger. He
has trained at iO, the Playground, and Annoyance, and
founded TM's precursor workshop, Workshop-in-Progress,
and then TM.
started improvising in late 1999, and has been through
Second City's Conservatory, iO, and Annoyance's training
programs. At iO, he worked as an intern, in the box
office, as a manager, and bartender, where he estimates
that he's seen over 5,000 individual improv shows. He's
performed with Pork, Calcutta, and Uncle Pecos at iO;
with Sharon Kom in the duo Photo Shoot at the New
Orlean's Improv Festival; The Warehouse, Photo Booth,
and currently, with member team Wing Night at The
Playground. John has coached several independent improv
teams, including Them, GULP!, and The Playground team
Karate Van. He started the Improvisor's Studio workshop
program at the Playground, and was lucky enough to
attend a special 4 day faculty workshop at Second City.
He's been the photographer for the Chicago Improv
Festival since 2002, and shoots headshots and portraits
for a living. In his Maslowe Hierarchy of Needs, improv
comes right before food and water.
Erin Monahan is honored to be part of the
Theatre Momentum cast again! Theatre Momentum has
provided an opportunity to explore and learn with
incredible artists the art of group improvised
storytelling in a safe and creative space. Erin is
currently studying with Paola Coletto at The School for
Harz Sondericker moved to
Chicago 7 years ago. In that time he has been studying and performing
improv at Theaters such as the iO, Annoyance, Second City and Theater
Momentum. He is a current member of the iO Harold team pants dot com. An
main stage player at Laugh Out Loud and an member of the group
International Stinger. He has been teaching and directing improv at LOL
for the past 2 years. Harz is very excited to be a part of Theater
Momentums 15 Hour Project and looking forward to a great run of shows.
Theatre Momentum presents our Improv Competition
Theatre Momentum presents our Improv
competition, [THE BRACKET].
Tuesdays, June 3-July 22
16 teams enter, one team leaves!
A $500 prize awaits your improv team.
Audience vote determines the winner,
so get all your friends out to cheer you on!
All shows will take place in the upstairs
Mullens on Clark, at 3527 North Clark.
Shows will begin at 8 PM. Tickets are $10
at the door.
16 teams will compete for a $500
prize. Four teams will perform each night. Audience vote
determines the winner.
The entry fee is $25. To enter, please
sign up here:
Let us know your team name, team roster, and confirm
that you'll be able to make all the Tuesday night shows
your group would need to be there.
First Round: Your team will select your own First
Round date when you sign up. (Tuesdays, June 3-June 24)
Quarter Finals: Your team must be available to
play on either Week 5 or 6 (July 1 or July 8)
Semi-Finals: Your team must be available to play
on Week 7 (July 15)
Finals: Your must be available to play on Week 8
All rounds after the First Round will be scheduled by
TM, so let us know via email to email@example.com
if your team will have any specific conflicts.
Please check your calendars thoroughly.
All entrants will receive a response email with details
of the show. We will be only accepting the first 16
Lighting and sound are fairly basic- lights up/down, and
an MP3 player/CD player jack. No microphones. All teams
must handle their own props, if they have any. Each team
will be given 25 minutes to perform, and will be cut off
at that time. There will be warning lights and a timer
visible, and if you'd like to have your lights called by
someone other than our lighting tech, they may call
lights (no longer than the 25 minutes, of course).
Thanks very much, and if you have any questions
whatsoever, please feel free to email
THE ROAD LESS
Theatre Momentum's upcoming production,
"The Road Less Traveled",
opens June 13th.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Join us and explore what happens to your life when
you take a different path...
Advance ticket sales start May 17th.
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