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Hollywood improv duo to lead workshop, perform Saturday

Posted: April 19, 2012 - 12:03am
Shaun Landry and Hans Summers perform at The San Francisco Improv Festival in 2008.  Photo by Clay Robeson
Photo by Clay Robeson
Shaun Landry and Hans Summers perform at The San Francisco Improv Festival in 2008.

Hollywood-based performer Shaun Landry will lead a pair of workshops for the local theater community on Saturday, April 21, followed by a performance with improv partner Hans Summers in “Landry & Summers Whatever It Is, We’re Against It.” that evening. All three events take place at the Hangar Ballroom.

The workshops are “Improv into Scripted Theater,” which begins at 9 a.m. and “Two Person Improv,” offered at 1:30 p.m. In the first, Landry will focus on the idea that improv is not only for performance, but also for theatrical process. In the second, assisted by Summers, Landry will lead participants through the ins and outs of performing improv comedy as a duo.

Advance registration is $30 for one class and $50 for two, with registration available at Hearthside Books, the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, or online at jahc.org. Day-of registration is available for $40 for one class and $60 for two, with registration at the door.

The performance, “Whatever It Is, We’re Against It,” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Landry describes the show as “social political comedy for whacked social political times.”

Landry & Summers, who are also married, have both been performing together for 25 years, most of this time with the critically acclaimed improv/sketch ensemble Oui Be Negroes, the first African American improv company in the country.

For more information on the pair, visit www.landryandsummers.com. For more on their local events, contact Eric Caldwell at juneauimprov@gmail.com.

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