Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy

November 17, 18, 24,25  at 7:30pm

 Eight women play men and women struggling thru the common rituals of life: teenagers watching Westside Story for the first time, sisters at their grandmother’s funeral, a man and woman together in a country western bar, two senior women on a quest to broaden their horizons and much more! With boundless humor, Parallel Lives reexamines the quest to find parity and love. Join us for a night of fun and laughter!

Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 831-238-2399 or by going to the link below. Please include which date in the “NOTES” you would like to attend.

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Better Auditions With Improv Workshop
December 2, 2017    12pm-3pm
  Get free from your scripts!   Nail those auditions! Have fun learning improv techniques to free your mind when auditioning.  Adding improv skills to your repertoire allows you to have more confidence and be more creative in auditions and on stage.  In this workshop you will learn how to create magic on stage by snapping into a character, making connections with your scene partners and staying in the moment.
Taught by Chris Shurland and John Abbott (see Bios below)
Workshop price $45 – Reservations are required by calling 831-238-2399 
Chicago-born John Abbott has been performing improv for over 15 years.  A graduate of The Annoyance, iO, and the Second City’s Training Center, John interned and then managed at iO where he estimates that he saw over 5,000 improv performances. Mr. Abbott performed on several improv teams at iO and currently performs on Wing Night – at The Playground – and the team has just celebrated its 11th year.  He also plays with the improv duo Legends of Public Access which most recently performed at the San Jose Improv Festival, and the musical improv team Dirty Bars at WestSide Improv in Wheaton, IL.  He’s coached a half dozen teams, which include Gulp (Theater 773), Hush (independent team), Karate Van (at The Playground), and the Procrastination League (independent team), all of whom have performed in the Chicago Improv Festival. 
Chris Shurland has been improvising in Chicago and California for several years after completing the training programs at Second City Training Center, iO (formerly Improv Olympic), Annoyance Theater, and One Group Mind.  He also studied physical comedy with Chicago Physical Theater and 500 Clown.  Chris is currently based in the Bay Area in California where he is a performs, teaches, and directs as a member of American Improv Theatre in San Jose. He also guest performs with other improv companies in the region, and is a cast member of the Murder Mystery Company.  Additionally, Chris is part of Chicago-based improv duo, Legends of Public Access, which performs at improv festivals around the country. 
Instant Characters – An Improvisational Workshop
December 9, 2017   1pm – 4pm
The best way to get out of your head is to be in someone else’s head.  My favorite moments onstage are when I’m playing someone who isn’t me.

Instant characters is a workshop that will help you get there quicker and find another point of view. You will surprise yourself by saying things that come from a different place by playing a different person.  Most importantly, this workshop focuses on how your character feels about the other people in the scene.
Its too crowded in your head.  Let some of those other characters out. Taught by John Abbot and Chris Shurland . Workshop-$45   Reserve your spot by calling 831-238-2399.

“We have no idea where the scene will go,” said Joe Acayan, the troupe’s director, “but the journey to find out is always fun for us and the audience. Returning for their 2nd time, The Bay Improvisers take audience suggestions and make up scenes on the spot, accompanied by a lot of LOL. “They were a big hit for their first appearance last spring and we are delighted to have them back,” stated Pink Flamingo Theater’s Executive Director, Chris Caffery. The Bay Improvisers.perform Long Form improv. Scenes can run from to ten to thirty minutes and even longer if performing a play. Acayan said Long Form is challenging and rewarding . “It allows us to more fully develop story lines and characters.” Featured in the show’s first half will be Duo Improv in which two players act out all the scene’s characters, locations, story plots and even sound effects when needed. And duo scenes will feature “Legends of Public Access,” the duo team of Chris Shurland and John Abbot who perform at festivals and theaters throughout the country. The Bay Improvisers cast includes Joe Acayan (Director) and Helen Del Toro from Santa Cruz, Maria Dawson and David Bush, Monterey Comedy Improv and its director, Richard Westbrook and Gerry Orton, creator of Women of Whimsy and Mirth’O’Matics Improv. Tickets $15  and can be reserved by calling 831-238-2399

Pink Flamingo Holiday Comedy Open Mic Night December 15, 7:30p
Calling all comedians , The Pink Flamingo is having its Holiday Open Mic night for Comedians only. No experience necessary, being fun is a plus! The fun begins at 7:30, sign ups begin at 645p. Tickets for audience only is $10 at the door, which a portion will be donated to Gathering for Women-Monterey. Any questions or want to sign up early for a good spot – Call 831-238-2399