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Tonight is my Naked in a Fishbowl premiere night! I’ve been in plays before, my Big Fat Gay Wedding and also singing at the Friar’s club, but in those instances I’ve known what was going to happen, but this is my first improvisational performance. I know enough about theater to know that you usually have a practice beforehand so you get comfortable with the other actors, so I went yesterday, just 24 hours before the performance! I was asked this morning by some coworkers if I was nervous, and I told them “out of my skull!” They asked why I’m doing this, and the reason is when I’m asked to do something like that I almost always automatically say “of course!” I do really like doing it and I always have fun, but I hate the few hours beforehand and get extremely nervous. I was even nervous right before the rehearsal. Going in was a bit intimidating because it was a rehearsal space I had never been to before at the Ripley Grier studios. They have like 30 rehearsal rooms in there and you have all these different Broadway shows like Billy Elliot and so on rehearsing right there. Anyway, it turns out the group that I’m rehearsing with consists of five women that have been doing improv together for 5 or 6 years. They introduced themselves and their character and began to explain to me the improvisational method.
First, you should always respond with yes and to never respond with no. As they went on, I realized that these aren’t just methods for improvisational theatre, but it’s also good methods for living life too. At the beginning, you have an unlimited number of choices and once you make these choices, they begin to narrow down, but once you say no to a possibility then the options and choices are done.