So, with the demise of my primary improv troupe, Three Hot Chicks, I decided to start a brand new one. All I had was a name: Goat.
The way I understand a troupe usually gets together is this: Two improvisers are talking, and one suggests forming a troupe. The other one agrees, and they start spitballing names of other improvisers theyâ€™d like to play with. Eventually enough of these other people have said yes, and a troupe is born.
My approach, then, may have been foolish. Unaware of how itâ€™s usually done (despite this being how it was done with 3HC), I just made a list of people I want to play with. I eventually settled on five people (not counting myself), from varying backgrounds, who probably didnâ€™t know each other. And I invited these people to have an informal get together at a coffee house.
All five people showed up! I was actually kind of flabbergasted. But then came the inevitable question: What are we doing here? And to that, I had, unfortunately, very little in the way of an answer.
I stumbled my way through my very vague vision for the troupe â€” that it would be called Goat, and do material that was based around the idea of tragedy, through the use of dark humor. Beyond that, I had a rough sketch for a format involving conspiracy theories. Nothing else.
To my relief, people started talking to each other, and to me, about what theyâ€™d like to do. My conspiracy idea didnâ€™t seem to set anyoneâ€™s imagination afire, but one idea we kept coming back to was the idea of an improvised tragedyâ€¦ perhaps something inspired by the Greeks.
It became apparent pretty quickly who was into the idea. Indigo doodled this:
I liked it a lot, so I came up with an Illustrator version:
But of course a troupe needs more than a name and a logo, and what we really need is to play together. So next comes scheduling some sort of rehearsal or play session where we can just have fun. I intend to ask an outside observer to sit in and guide the proceedings, though I havenâ€™t decided who just yet.
This blog will chronicle the development of this troupe. Hopefully there will be a lot more to say on the subject.