Monday, June 22, 2009

Can Dad’s Garage bridge the generation gap in its second decade?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 7:00 PM

click to enlarge STAGE FRIGHT: Dad's Garage players TK, Lucky Yates, TK and Eve Krueger
  • STAGE FRIGHT: Dad's Garage players TK, Lucky Yates, TK and Eve Krueger

In improv theater, the performers can become anything, from rugrats to codgers, from inanimate objects to washed-up celebrities. One thing they cannot do, though, is turn back the hands of time. Scott Warren, an actor and improviser at Dad’s Garage Theatre since 1999, recently noticed the years catching up to him.

“In improv, it’s common to pick people up during scenes: ‘Look, this person’s flying!’ When we were performing a few weeks ago, I was playing a tree, and ‘the creatures of the forest’ climbed on me. At the time, I thought, ‘Look at me! I’m strong enough to support two improvisers!’

“Then afterwards it caught up with me. I’ve been walking with a limp for the past two or three weeks. Tons of times, I’ll be onstage and forget that I’m a 36-year-old, out-of-shape nerd. Any time there’s any kind of dance choreography, my first response is 'Uhhh….'”

The demands of age and grown-up responsibility take a toll not just on Warren, but on most of the Inman Park playhouse’s long-standing core group of improvisers, staffers and other theater artists. “We’re kind of a collection of young adults in our mid-30s," says Warren. "Six or seven of us have babies, including [actor/playwright] Travis Sharp, who’s part of the Dad’s extended family. Almost half the ensemble has kids, and there are several married people and three divorced people.”

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