Following the successful premiere of its new show in February, Boston’s best comedy club, Improv Asylum, strikes back with return performances at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.
Taylor, The Next Jedi: An Improvised Star Wars Parody is a fun-filled interactive show where the audience shapes the newest legendary story inspired by our favorite interstellar characters. Each show is driven by audience suggestions, and the star of the show, “the Next Jedi,” is picked from among young audience members called onstage for Jedi training. Lightsaber fights, stormtroopers, and of course a Dark Lord (also an audience member) make this immersive and interactive show perfect for Star Wars lovers young and old.
The encore performances will open on May the 4th – unofficially celebrated as “Star Wars Day” because of the date’s similarity to the films’ famous phrase, “May the Force be with you.” Audience members are encouraged to come in costume, and special Star Wars-themed drinks will be sold at concessions. Also beginning in May, Improv Asylum will offer its popular improv classes in sections for adults and teens.
Writer and director Norm Laviolette, CEO and co-founder of Improv Asylum, describes the experience: “My goal with the show is to have audiences think they know what they’re going to see – a cute, fun, improvisational thing based on Star Wars – but our costuming, our fight choreography, our lightsabers, the sound effects, the special effects …. The idea is to take what you think improvisation is and really expand what it can be in a theatrical way, all while making it super-interactive with the audience.”
“We’re thrilled to be another home for Boston’s best improv shows and classes,” added Mosesian Arts Executive Director Darren Farrington. “Our aim in our reimagined space is to produce and present the best variety of performing and visual arts that Greater Boston has to offer, and Improv Asylum definitely provides that when it comes to comedy.”
Taylor, the Next Jedi: An Improvised Star Wars Parody performs on the Main Stage at the Mosesian Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets $29; children age 12 and under $25, all fees included. Student rush tickets are available one hour before performance times for $20. Improv Asylums classes for adults and teens begin on Thursday, May 5 for eight-week sessions.
The Mosesian Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street in Watertown, Massachusetts on the Arsenal on the Charles Campus. The venue is easily accessible from I-95/128, Routes 9, 16, 20, and 90 (Mass Pike), and the MBTA. See the “Getting Here” page on the venue’s website for detailed directions from various points and for information on free parking.
About Mosesian Center for the Arts
The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts venue in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot center, located within a former U.S. Army arsenal, houses a 339-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, classrooms, and rehearsal studios. Mosesian Arts is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders the Charles River and Brighton, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs and Metro West. Programs include professional theater and musical performances, gallery exhibitions, literary and art discussions, and performing and visual arts classes and workshops for all ages. Watertown Children’s Theatre, Mosesian Arts’ performing arts education program, provides exceptional classes and performances for youth and families. The venue also hosts celebrated and cutting-edge performing arts companies in the Greater Boston region, such as New Repertory Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Improv Asylum, Guerilla Opera, and Boston Midsummer Opera.
About Improv Asylum
Improv Asylum is a comedy theater featuring improvisation and sketch comedy (think Whose Line is it Anyway? meets Saturday Night Live!). They’ve performed more than 10,000 shows since 1998 for well over 2 million people. With live shows seven nights a week at their Hanover Street location in Boston’s North End, chances are they have a show tonight!
Improv Asylum also offers unique corporate training, hilarious customized corporate shows, and a student training center. In everything they do, they strive to provide the best comedic theater experience. Check out why Improv Asylum is the “funniest show you’ll ever be a part of!”™