Hudson Bridges
NYC
May 2016

Bridging the divides between theater, music, and dance. Saturday May 14, 3pm Saturday May 21, 3pm Sunday May 22, 6pm The Room” at New Georges, 520 8th Ave @36th St RSVP HERE The Hudson Bridges Performance Project is proud to announce this stellar roster: Dean Beckwith (Movement, Scenic) Anna Beyer (Movement, Scenic) Shane Breaux (Scenic) Eric Brenner (Music) Kacey Cardin (Movement, Music) Jason Evans (Production) Drew Fleming (Music, Scenic) Christopher Grant (Movement, Scenic) Cornelia Hanes (Scenic, Translations) Jeff Hudgins (Music) Elena Levenson (Scenic, Translations) Patrick McCartney (Scenic) Clement Mensah (Movement) Julia Motyka (Scenic) Pat Muchmore (Music) Emily Palmquist (Movement, Scenic) Rob Reese [...]

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Cumberland Bridges
Nashville, TN
August 2015

From The Nashville Scene:

“Nashville’s improv scene has heated up in the past few years. Established veteran companies such as Music City Improv and Nashville Improv Comedy have been joined by ambitious upstart LOLNashville to form a solid triumvirate of committed ensembles offering regularly scheduled monthly shows at different venues on both sides of the Cumberland.

LOLNashville’s Aug. 28 gig at The Basement offered Exhibit A of Music City’s growing love affair with the art form, with two shows filling the popular [...]

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Rob Reese hosts the Down Under Improv Festival

Produced by Gotham City Improv and Horse Trade Theater Group, the Down Under Improv Festival will bring together a score of teams from the NYC area and abroad to play and compete for cash prizes and a chance to be victorious in the most Australian Titled Improv Festival in North America! Action will be moved along by yours truly!

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Bridges Workshops
NYC
Mar 2014

In March 2014, Amnesia Wars held workshops including some of New York’s premiere improvisational dancer / choreographers and experimental musician / composers in our latest cross-genre improvisational performance experiment.  This experiment, combined with those in previous workshops, was designed to create a vocabulary with which performers from different disciplines and backgrounds can communicate and play immediately and improvisationally.

These workshops culminated in Work In Progress showings to an intimate audience.

 

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Yahweh’s Follies

Our rag-tag vaudeville company is divinely inspired to tell, through musical numbers and comedy sketches, an alternate biography of our G-d Yahweh: Not the omnipotent monolith that we all know and “love,” but a lone god trying to make his way as a monotheism in a world of prevalent and powerful pantheons. Hilarity ensues.

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Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe

The Sci-Fi Parody Adventure proudly holds the record for the LARGEST AUDIENCES EVER at The Peoples Improv Theater, mainly a result of the theater’s fire-code policies being established immediately after our run. The show was remounted, due to popular demand, at Horse Trade’s The Red Room the following year. Click here for info on the Auckland, New Zealand production of KRSTU in 2013

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Survivor: Vietnam!

This ripe, ribald parody of reality television puts a group of eager contestants in the middle of the War in Vietnam, where they vie for a $1 million grand prize, if they survive.

After a successful sold-out midnight run at the Peoples Improv Theater, Survivor: Vietnam! was published in the popular anthology Plays and Playwrights 2004, and can be purchased electronically at indie theater now.

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Frankenstein

A text-faithful, experimental, music and movement rich adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterwork presenting The Monster as a psychologically divided chorus.

After an intense run in New York City, this adaptation of Frankenstein has been licensed and produced by St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and by the Mont’Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The script was first published in the dramatically titled anthology: Playing With Canons: Explosive New Works from Great Literature by America’s Indie Playwrights, and can be purchased electronically at [...]

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The Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) & Zimbabwe Tour

Continuing working relationships that began at the Amsterdam International Improv Festival, Amnesia Wars joined once again with Hidden Shakespeare from Hamburg, Germany, and Over The Edge from Harare, Zimbabwe to collaborate on performances and workshops for the festival audience. We then embarked upon a national tour of Zimbabwe, playing to audiences throughout the country.

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The International Clowns

In 2000 Amnesia Wars performed in the 6th Annual The International Improvisation Theatre Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands organized by Theatersport Vereniging Amsterdam (TVA).

Also attending this festival were Over The Edge from Harare, Zimbabwe and Hidden Shakespeare from Hamburg, Germany.

The impro-love-fest that ensued resulted in the formation of the meta-group The International Clowns, which is made up of a fluid cast including members of all three troupes. The International Clowns have since performed Throughout Zimbabwe, Germany, The United States, and came [...]

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6th & 10th International Impro Festivals

In 2000 Amnesia Wars performed in the 6th Annual The International Improvisation Theatre Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands organized by Theatersport Vereniging Amsterdam (TVA).

Also attending this festival were Over The Edge from Harare, Zimbabwe and Hidden Shakespeare from Hamburg, Germany. The impro-love-fest that ensued resulted in the formation of the meta-group The International Clowns, which is made up of a fluid cast including members of all three troupes. The International Clowns have since performed Throughout Zimbabwe, Germany, The United States, and [...]

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Reese’s Pieces

A collection of one-act comedies by Rob Reese

Join our intrepid future anthropologists as they present scenes from a society obsessed with wordplay, boobs, the Roman Legion, boobs, and why society’s dad is such a dick! Not bad for scientists whose only historical record is the battered hard drive of ancient, 21st century comedy writer Rob Reese.

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Git Some

Comedy, music, and more! A long running variety / revue show presenting improvisation, scripted comedy, and an exciting variety of special guest performers. Patrons of the Git Some Variety Show have been exposed to Black Hitler, Renegade Physicists, Not Quite Herpes, and most worrisome: Joan and Melissa Rivers!

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Herd

Amnesia Wars integrates scenes and structures to create a fluid combination of scripted material and longform improvisation.

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Crisis Junkie

After an intensive summer training with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, Crisis Junkie was Amnesia Wars’ first foray into more experimental forms of presenting theatrical improvisation.

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Psycheroticproviholicyesandsomthinvoodoo

Contrary to popular rumors, cast members from Amnesia Wars will not emerge from a giant flying saucer at any point in the show playing a funky bass line. Evidently the Parkside was not large enough for such a large set piece or a dry ice machine. To make matters worse, the guy that they hired, something Stephanopoulos, had been the tour manager for the entirely wrong Clinton!

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Honey Harlowe

In this improvisational theatrical event, Amnesia Wars presented original and classic long-form pieces while mixing it up with scriptless theater companies from around the country.

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U.S. Improvisation Festival(s)

Kansas City, MO Rob worked as a Featured Director and Workshop Teacher for four of these national festivals, in addition to directing and performing for Amnesia Wars.  Before the existence of Amnesia Wars, Rob attended the festival with Big Snaxx, the Chicago based improv company from the mid ’90s which is known for being the first improv company with their own website.

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The Big Stinkin’ International Improv Fest

Rob worked as a Featured Director and Workshop Teacher for three of these popular festivals, in addition to performing for iBlink from Chicago, and directing and performing for Amnesia Wars from New York. Amnesia Wars performed various longform improvisations, and an original one act entitled Pantheon of Convenience.

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Oberlin Improv Conference

In the spring of aught nine Amnesia Wars travelled to Oberlin Ohio to perform and teach at the Oberlin College Improv Conference. Also on the agenda were NY companies Rogue Elephant and I Eat Pandas.

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Three Plays in Search of a Script

Amnesia Wars’ baptismal production, this show introduced the New York audience to a variety of classic and original longforms with the accompaniment of a jazz guitarist.

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Oceania Impro Teaching Tour ’13

Overlapping with the wildly successful mounting of Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe in Auckland, Rob Reese taught a variety of Improv workshops in New Zealand and Australia.

These included workshops for Actor’s Equity Association of Australia and New Zealand in both Sydney, Australia and Auckland, new Zealand. The Wellington Improv Theater, and independant workshops in Auckland and Sydney.

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Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe (Auckland, NZ)

Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe was brought to the Basement Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand by Mercury Jane Productions!

Click here for info on the New York runs of KRSTU

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Cassie Baker Ida Barklund Natalie Beran Bennett Conran Jim Cawthorn Barry Duffield Sateki Finau-Baas Aimee Gestro David Mackie Gina Timberlake

Fight Direction by Michael Hurst Sound by Jason Evans Lighting by Beren Allen Costumes by Troy Garton Set by Natalie Beran Stage Managed by Jenn Burland Produced by Mercury Jane Productions Written and Directed by Rob Reese

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Performa 13

Rob Reese appeared as a Moderator / Performer in Einat Amir‘s performance art piece Our Best Intentions in the new visual art performance biennial PERFORMA 13.

Presented by Artis at Affirmation Arts, 523 W 37th MAP

Our Best Intentions

Our Best Intentions invites audience members to take part in an intimate participatory performance combining elements from psychotherapy, theater and art. As individuals walk into a space divided into four domestic areas — a family lounge, a bedroom, a study, and a dining room – each participant selects a vest [...]

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Workshops In Amsterdam, October 2012

Rob Reese Returns To Amsterdam

After a series of sold-out Amsterdam workshops in February 2010, New York based performer-playwright-director-improviser Rob Reese returns to Amsterdam in the second week of October to run workshops and performances. See below for more details. Spaces are limited and are expected to fill quickly.

Intensive Improv Performance Workshop Series and Show

Rob will run two three-hour workshops on consecutive nights for a limited number of people. These workshops will prepare participants to perform in a [...]

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EasyLaughs, Amsterdam, 2012

I love traveling to Amsterdam to teach and perform with EasyLaughs. They’ve received the 2012 Amsterdam All Improv Grant in order to bring me over again to teach workshops for their company members and students in the autumn of ’12. [...]

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Eux, paris, 2012

’08, ’11, and ’12 during teaching tours through Europe.

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Photos by Jenn Burland

Rob est le directeur artistique de la troupe Amnesia Wars, basée à New York aux Etats-Unis. Avant de rejoindre New York, Rob a joué à iO Theater à  Chicago et y a travaillé avec notamment Mick Napier, Del Close, Charna Halpern… Pour nous, travailler avec Rob était vraiment l’occasion de confronter le Harold que nous avions développé avec son expérience du format. Son enseignement, en particulier sur le caractère [...]

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