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Preview: The New Thing at the ArtsCenter

June 17, 2004 - Carrboro, NC:

The New Thing (Transactors Improv Co., 8 p.m. June 18 and 19 at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, NC) is "an evening of improvisational theater combining traditional elements of the company's work with new techniques and forms to create a... well... a new thing that will include stories, recurring characters, themes, music, movement, commentary, and probably a healthy dose of silliness," writes Transactors director Greg Hohn. He adds, "All Transactors Improv shows are unique because they're not scripted or planned and audience suggestions upon which they're based vary greatly. So, in a way, you could say that every performance is new. Yet the overall shape of shows can be constant. The New Thing is Transactors Improv's attempt to mix up all the components of its work, including elements of short and long forms, into a single extended piece. As always, the show will be spontaneous and based on ideas from the audience." In addition to Hohn, the cast for The New Thing includes Regina Bartolone, Joe Brack, Jill Greeson, Nancy Pekar, Steve Scott, and Steven Warnock. Drew Erteschik will provide piano accompaniment, and Mike Beard will improvise technical effects. For more information about Transactors Improv, telephone 919/824-0937 or visit http://transactors.org/. For more information about this performance, visit http://artscenterlive.org/write/calendar.html. For tickets, telephone 919/929-2787.