The latest incarnation of the long-running series, entitled Gravid Water, features Broadway actors Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Les Misérables), Jenn Gambatese (Is He Dead?), Jason Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone), Jason Antoon (Contact), Sandy Rustin (Hotel Suite), Anthony King (Gutenberg! The Musical) and Amy Rutberg (Our Leading Lady). Also participating in the evening of improv are Amy Poehler ("Saturday Night Live"), Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live"), Michael Delaney (The Swarm) and Christina Gausas ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien"). Show time is 8 PM.
Stephen Ruddy, the director and creator of Gravid Water, previously told Playbill.com that "the actors memorize and rehearse their scenes much as they would for a regular play. The scenes are drawn from established plays, and the actors will not stray from the letter of the script. The improvisers have no prior knowledge of the scenes — they will be seeing them for the first time, along with the audience.
"The scenes generally come from contemporary drama — though we occasionally do something ancient, or a musical — and we do five scenes a show. The improvisers make strong choices — they might be the same choices the author made, and they might not. Either way, the actor's job is to deliver his lines in a way appropriate to the new situation. The improvisers and actors each justify the others' choices."
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is located in Manhattan at 307 West 26th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Tickets, priced $5, are available by calling (212) 366-9176 or by visiting www.ucbtheatre.com/ny.