an improvisation format for two professionals and up to 100 amateurs
Designed by David Shepherd (Compass/Improv Olympic) 1974
The Mirror is advertised as a place where you create a show simply by sitting in front of a mirror. To do this we use no written material, no satirical distortion, no symbolic magnification. The experiences we explore each night are shared experiences - common to most of those present.
When people arrive at the theatre, the first thing they see is their names and themes on a program, that's been printed only minutes before. Next they see their reflections - in glass or Mylar. In the improvisations that follow they see their own life - mirrored first by professional players and then by their peers in the audience.
If management can afford a videotape recorder and projector, the spectator can even have the experience of seeing a full-size mirror-image of himself.
|David Shepherd - Armonk, N.Y. 1974