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Go boldly 'where no audience has gone before' on 'U.S.S. Improvise'

Fans of Star Trek or improv comedy will get the opportunity once again to see what happens when the crew of the “U.S.S. Improvise” is subjected to audience suggestions, live on stage.

The Unscriptables, an unscripted theater company, brings back “U.S.S. Improvise,” a live unscripted “lost” episode of the original series “Star Trek.”by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of The Unscriptables improv group will present 'U.S.S. Improvise' Saturdays in May and the first week in June. Admission is on a pay-what-you-want basis.

This will be an opportunity for Portland-area audiences to shape a unique theatrical experience created on the spot based on their suggestions. This is a show that aims to make you laugh out loud and boldly go where no audience has gone before. The excitement of “Star Trek,” complete with props, costumes, sound effects and music, and the hilarity of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” come together for a show you’ll be telling your friends about — Klingon or otherwise.

Performances will take place Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 and June 1, at 8 p.m. at the Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th St., Portland. All shows are “pay what you want."

“Bringing back ‘U.S.S. Improvise’ is in preparation for our 2013-2014 season fundraiser,” said Trenton Shine, artistic director for The Unscriptables. “Our Trekathon, which is 28 hours of nonstop ‘Star Trek’-inspired improv, is happening June 7 and 8. We hope to raise enough money to fund our biggest season yet. Starting with ‘U.S.S. Improvise: The Next Generation, The Musical” is opening June 15.”

Shine said other shows in the works are “Murder Mystery Machine,” “Scooby Doo Meets Saw,” “Big Brother League,” improvised episodes of “Big Brother” but with superheroes, and “Absolutely Fab,” improvised “Ab Fab.”

Shine said the late night show “Domprov” plays every Saturday at 10 p.m.

“This has been an amazing hit for us. Audiences have fallen in love with it,” he said. “We have been doing ‘Domprov’ for six months and plan to continue it for at least the rest of this year. This is improv without a ‘safe word.’ Our eastern European dominatrix forces our players to play games and rewards or punishes them as she sees fit.”

To learn more about The Unscriptables, visit theunscriptables.com.




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