Witness The Improvised Shakespeare Company create a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! In the unpredictably hilarious fashion of improvised comedy, the audience provides Improvised Shakespeare with suggestions for the title of a play that has yet to be written let alone performed out loud!

Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and his “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and the themes of the immortal bard, William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue you will see on stage is spoken for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you’re wondering where the story is going…so are the players! The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each performance is completely improvised and entirely new!

“Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious.”
-TimeOut Chicago

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company, has been performing its critically-acclaimed show to sold out audiences in Chicago since 2005. Improvised Shakespeare also continues to entertain audiences across the U.S. with its national touring company. The troupe has 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, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. Improvised Shakespeare has been named Chicago’s best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in L.A. (Best of L.A.-L.A. Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

The Improvised Shakespeare Co. Cast 

Ross Bryant
Brendan Dowling
Blaine Swen
John Thibodeaux
and Steve Waltien

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, visitnj.org.

About SOPAC

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.