The following is a completely self-serving plug.
Each millennium brings with it an event so huge it changes the course of human history.
The first thousand years anno domini brought us the sack of Rome, with its joyous fires, picturesque streams of blood and a return to home rule.
The second millennium’s Black Death helped increase workers’ wages, reduce urban crowding and create a middle class.
This third thousand years brings the Hope Improv Theater.
The Hope Improv Theater comes into the world Saturday Feb. 2, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. with an initial training for actors. We’re looking for enthusiastic folks with a hankering to change the world, spread recovery and have fun. Experience is NOT preferred, but a willingness to explore communication through improv theater is.
To sign up for this free training, please write me at email@example.com or text me at (603)361-6266.
I love improv theater. When done well, it’s watching a juggler manipulate burning kittens on a high wire while wearing wet ice skates. When done poorly, it’s observing a group of stamp collectors arguing about the value of an 1851 Hawaiian Missionaries 2-cent stamp while wearing wet ice skates. I’ve been part of both, and want to help prevent philately in our time. Hence, the Hope Improv Theater (HIT).
We’ll use short-form improv scenes to educate the public about recovery, communicate the challenges of early recovery and, always, entertain. I spent five years running and acting with a national theater group focused on AIDS, teenage pregnancy and runaways. This process is simple yet difficult to explain, so if you want to learn more, I’d direct you to Dorothy Oliver’s excellent monograph on the subject.
I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you February 2 at 12:30 p.m. at Hope for NH Recovery in Manchester.
Keith Howard is Executive Director at HOPE for NH Recovery.