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Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a new show live at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 19

Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a new show live at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 19
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From a press release:

The Improvised Shakespeare Company will visit the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., creating a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece.

Tickets are on sale now and available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. All seats are just $10, plus applicable fees, thanks to underwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), the Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring audiences an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare.

Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you’re wondering where the story is going… so are they! The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company has been performing its critically-acclaimed show to sold-out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the United States with its national touring company.

They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, off-Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, Upright Citizens Brigade’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago’s best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in Los Angeles (Best of LA in LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (the Chicago Improv Foundation).