Saturday, September 3, 2011

Phooka: Creatures, Myths and Urban Legends - The Grapple Grab Show


Phooka: Creatures, Myths & Urban Legends 8-26-11 from David Etkin on Vimeo.

I don't post many improv shows on my blog, mainly because as many television executives have learned over the years, something is lost in the translation from live theater to the television, movie or computer screen. However, despite whatever may be lost, I feel compelled to post this video, as I am particularly proud of this show.

Phooka, the team I've been on for the past 3 years, recently developed a form called Creatures, Myths and Urban Legends. We open our show by asking for a suggestion of an original - as the title suggests - creature, myth or urban legend. We then sit down on stage and establish a campfire scene where the group eventually discusses the legend (in this case, the Grapple Grab), we establish what kind of horrors await us as well as what kind of effect it's had on the town we're in.

It's a long watch and I know most people don't usually click on a 35 minute video on the internet, but if you ever have the time to check it out, please do. I had a tremendous amount of fun on stage that night, bouncing around on stage as the Grapple Grab (in what eventually became our little homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street) as well practicing my experimentation with the Kama Sutra with an incredibly willing, flexible teammate.

Phooka is: Angela DeManti, Maddy Mako, Steve Slate, Emily Shapiro, David Etkin, Jon Bander and Matt Shafeek. We perform weekly at the Magnet Theater.

-Matt









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