This Sunday, Olympia Improv Collective launches a new show — and a new form of improvisational theater. In its fall series of shows, called “The Midnight Zone,” the nine-member collective of seasoned improvisers take inspiration from the audience, but not by asking for suggestions. Rather, the group invites those attending the performance to bring an object. “We take an object and we turn it into a show,” said collective member Mark Alford.
Each show begins with a ritual centering on the chosen object, qualities of which will inspire and inform the proceedings. “At a recent rehearsal, we were grabbing random objects out of our pockets to practice with,” said Alford. “Somebody grabbed a water bottle and the whole show became about emptiness, because the water bottle was almost empty.”
Though it’s called “The Midnight Zone,” the show happens at 6 p.m., and though the name evokes TV’s
What: The Midnight Zone
Where: Olympia Family Theater,
612 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia
When: 6 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15 and 29 and Nov. 12 and 26
How much: $5