W.I.G.’s Valentine Affair
Presented by AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.)
& Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart
February 15, 2018
Rouse Company Foundation, Student Services Building (RCF) Room 400
RE-CAP: A marvelously delicious and magical Valentine time was had by all! Enjoy our Photo-Log Here (photo credit: Bruce Press)!
W.I.G. actors and very special guests (SEE BELOW!) long to make it all about YOU as they celebrate the many faces of love, including your own! Whether cynical or smitten, you’ll find something to adore in this show of improv favorites!
Arts Collective invited some illustrious guests to read one of their favorite love poems for the enjoyment of the audience and to inspire the WIG actors!
Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Dr. Jean Svacina
Dean of Arts & Humanities, Valerie Lash
Director of the Library and Learning Commons,
Columbia Pioneer and Distinguished Community Leader, Padraic (Pat) Kennedy
have agreed to give voice to beautiful poems that have kindled love across the ages and around the world. What happens next…is up to WIG’s creativity! Let’s see what is ignited! Enjoy our Photo-Log Here!
Special Valentine Treats included in the Price of your Ticket!
*** Yes, W.I.G.’s ground-breaking, edgy take on improv complete with audience participation.
*** The price of the ticket includes wine (with proper I.D.), coffee and treats in a gorgeous cabaret atmosphere!
*** Parental Guidance Note: No one under 14 years of age admitted.
W.I.G.’s 2016-2017 CAST:
Nsikan Akpan, Gabrielle Amaro, Douglas Beatty, Makayla Beckles, Chania Hudson, Daniel Johnston, Emma McDonnell, Gavin Shown, Alex Stephanos... with Lauren Blake Williams!
Directed by: S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston
Creative Writing Coordination by: Tara Hart
Guest Emcee: Tim Singleton
Event Stylist: Sarah Zullo
Marketing Illustrations by: Emma K. McDonnell
Stage Management by: Lacy Hall
Production Assistant: Alex Stephanos
|$10 All Students with I.D.|
$20 General Admission
-Parental guidance suggested. No one under 14 admitted.
-Seating is limited, reserve tickets now
About What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.)
AC's What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) began its on-stage journey February 2009. Over the past eight years, W.I.G. has been about creating and exploring its unique underground take on improv and storytelling. W.I.G. not only performs at Howard Community College (shows, workshops, and seminars), but also off-campus. Previous off-campus gigs have included the Baltimore Improv Festival, Red Branch Theatre Company, Columbia Festival of the Arts, and the Howard County Theatre Festival. Most notably, in 2017, W.I.G. coordinated and hosted Howard County's, first-ever improv festival ("Improvaganza") at HCC, which featured 12 improv troupes from the MD/DC/VA area, with Master Classes! Yes, there will be a 2nd annual "Improvaganza" improv festival this season! W.I.G. has been proud of their partnership with Steppenwolf West (Los Angeles) from day one, hosting three summer intensives featuring instructors Alexandra Billings, Eric Hunicutt and Susan G. Kramer... and this season, W.I.G. is very proud to continue its artistic partnership for a third season with the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo).
About the Directors: S.G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston
Inspired by so many wildly gifted artists, S.G. Kramer birthed W.I.G.'s truly unique style of improvisational storytelling over eight years ago. Kramer and Johnston have worked side by side on W.I.G.'s vision since its inception (Kramer as W.I.G.’s coach/director and Johnston as performer as well as co-director). Together, along with countless stellar improv artists, they have created and cracked open the magic that is W.I.G.!
About W.I.G.’s Partnerships
The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo (www.hocopolitso.org), is a community not-for-profit literary arts organization committed to enlarging the audience for contemporary literature and the world literary heritage with live literary events with acclaimed writers. As an HCC community-partner-in-residence, HoCoPoLitSo looks forward to supporting the emergence of new voices when the page meets the improv stage. Tara Hart, Co-Chair of HoCoPoLitSo's Board of Directors, is a professor and department chair of Humanities at Howard Community College. A winner of the Pushcart Prize for poetry, she helps students and alumni from HCC's creative writing courses as well as local writers affiliated with HoCoPoLitSo share their knowledge of memoir, short fiction, and poetry through their passionate practice of these arts, in collaboration with their new creative partners at W.I.G.
About HCC’s Arts Collective
Howard Community College's critically acclaimed Arts Collective engages performers, creatives, and audiences with innovative events that ignite our collective imaginations. For over two decades, Arts Collective has served as a creative cauldron, providing expert guidance and training to new and experienced artists in bringing vibrant life to diverse works on the stage; from the newly devised to the classics and all in between. Arts Collective’s positive, collaborative, educational environment is open to everyone. Join us in creating new heights of learning and possibility. Ignite your imagination!