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I’ve been here almost 24 hours… My brain is slowly creeping into an oblivion…
28 hours straight of live improv theater… it must be love… and it is…

I am drunk on lack of sleep and delirious on the love and hilarity of this wonderful community….  Ahhhhhh… and I got to do improv with my lovely insane children… such a family!

Why do you ask?  Because this is the day I give my all to raise money for the best creative family any where.  It’s late but not too late…

If you want to help… there are just two hours left to donate… but really you could donate anytime…  Any of these links will get you to the place to donate…

Bad Bunny Improv

Mirabeau’s Iron Audience

HUGE Theater Give to the Max Day Page

HUGE Improv Theater


Here’s a bit of stuff I wrote at the beginning of my sleep deprivation…

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HUGE Theater is our home away from home!
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I’m not very good at writing these sorts of things, but I am going to give it my best try.
Why should you donate to HUGE Improv Theater? Because HUGE is more than just the best long form improv theater ever, it is more than artist, member and volunteer run, it is more than a place to find your voice both on the stage and in your life, HUGE is so, so, so much more.  HUGE is a community that is so supportive, so caring, so nurturing, that they are family!
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Those of you who know our family, know that the last several years have been very difficult. And our future will continue to be filled with challenges and stress. But, our involvement with HUGE Theater has been an amazing bright spot in so much darkness. I can literally tell you that being involved at HUGE as a volunteer and as a performer has saved my life. It has also helped my kids find their voices, become confident on stage and beyond, and see first hand how to build the kind of community we all want to live in.
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Your donation will not only help keep the lights on and the doors open at HUGE, but it will help fund scholarships for students in need. Our family has benefitted from this great program. Support not only a great artistic endeavor, support a beautiful, unique group of people. Our family and home away from home… HUGE Improv Theater!
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Thank you!

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A chance to take a class with me… see more info below…

Photography by Cicely Robin Laing

 

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When you stop talking, you don’t stop speaking…

And you listen more with your eyes, than you do with your ears…

Silence is filled with a million stories, and music of the body electric…

And one look can break your heart, or fill you with love and joy…

Say it with silence… it speaks so much louder than words…

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This Wednesday, October 28th, 2015… I will be teaching the Improv drop-in class at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis. Join me at 5pm for a couple hours of improv fun and explore how much you can say without words…

And now I have said too much….

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Words and photography by Cicely Robin Laing © 2015

 

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Breaking the Looking Glass Madly

A dream… A vision… An idea…              …..make it happen!

I did… Now it’s your chance to see what my mind, my art is like as an improvised theater piece.  The show “Breaking the Looking Glass” is playing at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis, MN. More shows on October 16th and 17th.  I am running to the theater now!  Be daring! Join me for something completely different!

More info here!  Phoenix Theater

And Here! Breaking the Looking Glass Facebook Page

and here…. Event Page for the 16th

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Playing with Glass

 

Breaking the looking glass…

Shards of a dream…
The broken promise of a tea party…
Madness bleeds across the fractured surface…
Sleeps slips in and steals a tray of cookies…
Painted roses forgotten…
Like a raindrop in a storm…

I am your Alice…
“Drink me!” they whisper…
The sounds of shuffling cards blend with shuffling feet…
“Drink me!” they whisper…
Like a drop in a storm…
“Drink me!” they whisper…
I am your Alice…

Shattered…

You invited me into this madness…
“I…
am…
home…” they whisper

I pick up a sliver of mirror…
A drop of blood…
Cuts…
A reflection…
Not my own…
I want to go home…

“You are our Alice!” they whisper…

“Tell me a riddle! Pour me some Tea! Off with your Head! A dreadfully ugly Baby!”
Voices running in panic…
Feet whispering in fear…
Time to talk of other things…
A drop of blood…
A reflection…
Shards of a dream…
The broken promise of a tea party…

“I am your Alice” I whisper…

Before the smile…

fades…

away…

“Drink me!”

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I have been doing writing of a different sort lately… I have been telling stories through improvised theater. Recently, I had the chance to create and direct a improvised theater piece called “Breaking the Looking Glass”… I am so amazed at just how crazy it is to take an idea from inside my head, explain it to talented people, work with them to make it a reality… and then let it loose on the world!

We have had five shows so far… three more are happening in the next week. I wish you all could see it. Perhaps some of you will…

Consider yourselves invited….  We might even serve tea.

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Breaking the Looking Glass  this is our Facebook page…

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Words and Image by Cicely Robin Laing © 2015

 

 

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Improv Rangers © 2014

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In the spirit of Seriously Silly Sunday… tonight I shall be taking the stage with my fellow improvisers with attitude to fight the evil Rita Repulsa and save the day… as The Mighty Morphin Improv Rangers!

I have to say it’s a challenge to be a positive as those teenaged Power Rangers are… Fighting Putty Patrollers is exhausting at my age…. but with the help of Zordon, my Zord and my fellow rangers you can be sure by the end of the night we will have saved the Earth yet again… and maybe even made you smile.

Come to HUGE Improv Theater tonight, doors open at 7:30.  One tickets gets you in to see five improvised shows from five different groups all tonight at Improv-A-Go-Go…..

To see a sneak preview of out opening video click the image link below!

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Mighty Morphin Improv Ranger Opening Video

 

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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What happens when a middle aged mom says “Yes!” to the enthusiasm of improv geeks? … Well… She morphs of course!

“WHAT?” you might ask… You see I have been recruited by my friend Bryce, other wise known has the Zordon of Improv, to become an Improv Ranger!
That is exactly what it sounds like… You remember Power Rangers right? Well, we are improvisers with attitude, and we are here to fight the evil Rita as she tries to destroy our improvised world.

Six of my fellow Mighty Morphin Improv Rangers will be saving the world every Sunday night for the four weeks at HUGE Improv Theater!
(Well, not on Dec. 7th as Rita has promised to be good for the Improvisor of The Year Award Show. We’ll be there just in case she causes trouble…)

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Yes, that’s me… I’m the Black Ranger! 😀

If you are in the Twin Cities area… come see us morphin and fighting Rita’s monsters, Sunday nights at 8pm Nov. 30th, Dec. 14th and Dec. 21st!

Black Mighty Morphin Ranger

Looks just like me… right?

Really, the range of long-form improv theater I get to do is amazingly fun! I hope some of you will be able to join me for the show… And if not, I hope you will stay tuned for more silliness that comes from my improvised lifestyle… because at the very heart of my “Life as Art… and a bit of Non-sense” is a core of improvisation…

In the mean whilst… I have to run to practice pretending!

 

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Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

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I have caught up on my sleep now… if not on my laundry…
And I am so happy to say that with the help of so many friends, we made our goal!

Our little family improv group was just a little part of the $43,000 dollars raised to help HUGE Improv Theater!

That means it’s time to celebrate! …. and to say “Thank you!”

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Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

…. and now, back to our regularly scheduled program…

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Images by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

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