Improv Actors to Take Over NYC Stages After Curtain

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The performers of Stolen House will create a fully realized, improvised play each evening.
Stephnie Weir
Stephnie Weir

In Stolen House, which makes its New York debut May 6, six actors will create a fully realized, improvised play using an existing stage, set and lighting.

The production will take over two Off-Broadway theatres following performances of Perfect Crime and The Effect. Stolen House is set to run May 6-7 at 10:30 PM at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater and May 8 at 10 PM and May 9 at 8 PM at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The New York premiere is directed by Upright Citizens Brigade's Stephen Ruddy (Gravid Water) and features Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Bob Dassie (WeirDass), TJ Jagodowski (The Second City), John Lutz (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live), David Pasquesi (Veep) and Stephnie Weir (The Comedians).

Here's creators bill the show: ”The challenge facing us as we developed this piece was, 'What is a play? What makes something a play? And what is the value of a play?' We didn’t want a piece that merely looked like a play; we wanted a piece that accomplished everything a great play accomplishes, but with the immediacy and danger of improv. Drawing on our brilliant improvisors, with decades of stage performance, as well as Aristotle’s Poetics, where the philosopher addresses these very questions, we believe we have created an original, challenging, and funny theatrical piece that appeals equally to the lover of theater and the lover of comedy.”

The show is produced by Scott Morfee. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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