NAME: Book of the Month Club
IDEAL TEAM SIZE: 2+
HISTORY: When I was a kid, I hated to read. It felt like an unnecessary chore that adults were putting on me to shut me up or keep me from playing outside when I was sick. That all changed the day I set foot in my grandfather’s library and he showed me 1,001 Nights. After that, I was hooked. When I was a kid, it was all about the Hardy Boys and Mythology. When I got older, I switched to comic books and graphic novels. When I hit adulthood, I swung back around to dense literature and philosophy. Every page shaped my perception of reality and was more than a little responsible for the things that interest me, improv included.
THE BREAKDOWN: The audience gains free entry to the show by bringing a book of their choice and setting it down in front of the stage. When the show begins, the troupe approaches the pile of books and begins rifling through each one, flipping to random pages and reading passages. When they are satisfied with the information gathered, they perform a set based on the books.
NOTES: Not every book has to be used if there are a lot of books in the pile. It is also wise to have books on standby if no audience member brings one. Other fun style choices are to use certain books as props or revisit more of the books periodically for more information.