#TheJournal: Behind the Scenes with Daryl Ducharme

13522739_10101100713937289_6842638392664971713_oThis is OPENING WEEKEND for the return of The Journal, a romantic improvised comedy inspired by the work of Nicholas Sparks. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July 23 (8PM) at the Ballard Underground. Tickets $18 online or $20 at the door.

Daryl Ducharme is one of the three returning members of the cast of The Journal (2016). His SET debut was with the cast of “Wedding Horror Stories” in 2013. Along with Wayne (who shared his perspective in yesterday’s blog) we asked Daryl if he’d be willing to share his thoughts on returning to The Journal; here is his reply in his own words.

From Daryl:

Tonight is opening night of The Journal and I am nervous. I’m not nervous in an “Oh, my god I can’t go out there” sort of way but rather in an “I love this show so much, I hope the audience shares the love with me” way. What’s there to love about The Journal? Please, allow me to let you in on my love of it.

First, there is the nostalgia. In 2012, when The Journal first came out, I had never been a part of an improv show before. This was the first time I had ever been cast in a show. I remember being nervous about playing with a cast that already worked so well together and that I thought were clearly better than I. By the end of the run, however, I learned how easy it is to play with them all and that run still has one of my favorite improv memories.

Another big reason I love this show is that I am a romantic at heart. While I do love a good big budget summer blockbuster, my favorite movie is a romance by Baz Luhrman called Strictly Ballroom. Before that my favorite movie was The Cutting Edge starring DB Sweeney and Moira Kelly. These romances are vastly different than Nicholas Sparks romances, which I actually find quite hard to watch. Sure, I might cry at a Sparks flick but life has the silliness of a good romantic comedy. That is exactly why I love making fun of the “taking ourselves too seriously” tropes of Nicholas Sparks while still getting to see a good romance blossom. The Journal consistently melts my heart. I’m sure it will melt yours.

Finally, I love this show because of the people. SET is great people and the people they cast are of a certain breed. They make me laugh. They make me cry. They get me excited to improvise a whole new romance at every rehearsal. I hope that the audience will enjoy The Journal as much as I do and that they leave with more love in their hearts. That’s the way I’ve been leaving rehearsals and I believe the performances will only be better.

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Aditya Sriyam (L) and Daryl Ducharme (R) play the men of Swan Beach sharing a drink in dress rehearsal for “The Journal” (2016)


Join Us For “The Journal”

Intrigued? The Journal opened on July 14 and gave the audience a dramatic romance between a juggler and a woman who had a dark secret: cheating at Pokemon Go.

We continue tonight through July 23 at the Ballard Underground in Seattle. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets available for $18 ($14 for groups of 4 or more) online at http://thejournal.bpt.me OR for $20 each at the door.

#TheJournal: Behind the Scenes with Wayne Pishue

13522739_10101100713937289_6842638392664971713_oTonight is OPENING NIGHT for the return of The Journal, a romantic improvised comedy inspired by the work of Nicholas Sparks. July 14 – 23 (8PM) at the Ballard Underground. Tickets $18 online or $20 at the door.

Wayne Pishue is one of the three returning members of the cast of The Journal (2016). He has also been with SET as a performer since the very beginning, as one of the original cast members of Where No Man Has Gone Before.

We asked Wayne if he’d be willing to share his thoughts on returning to The Journal; here is his reply in his own words.

From Wayne:

After 3 weeks of rehearsals, 4 days in a row of late night tech rehearsals, and not seeing my wife and dog, you might wonder what keeps me coming back – and I would answer, this show. This show is something magical. Taking what is literally some of the worst, most trite and manipulative work in literary history and turning it on its ear and into a touching show with moments of brilliant comedy and genuine tears.

When I heard that we were remounting this show I was so excited. I have so much fun being silly and scary in other SET shows, but this show really lets the cast stretch their dramatic legs. It’s not often that I get to play a grieving widower, and a supportive not-played-for-laughs gay father, and a Man with a high school grudge out for revenge in the same run. This show is special in that way. We see these fully fleshed out 3-Dimensional characters live their lives and deal with real things in real ways. There won’t be a lot of aliens or mysticism in the show, but it is just as, if not more engaging that shows that feature those things. I just love the cast and I love the concept and I am so happy to be a part of this show!

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PRESS PHOTO for THE JOURNAL (2016): The residents of Swan Beach take issue with one of their own. L to R: Wayne Pishue, Daryl Ducharme, Marc Guy.


Intrigued? The Journal opens tonight and runs for 6 performances at the Ballard Underground in Seattle. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM July 14 – 23. Tickets available for $18 ($14 for groups of 4 or more) online at http://thejournal.bpt.me OR for $20 each at the door.

AUDITIONS: Time’s Arrow (October 2016)

SET is seeking improvisers 18 and older with a minimum of two years of improv experience to audition for the world premiere of Time’s Arrow, an original long form improvised show that will explore a space through different time periods. Scripted show experience is preferred, but not required. Performers of all ethnicities, gender, and body types are encouraged to audition.

Time’s Arrow

One Place; Infinite Time

AUDITIONS: Wednesday July 20, 7-10 PM
CALLBACKS: Sunday July 24
AUDITION LOCATION: Seattle Area (location will be sent with confirmation)

About the Show:

The spaces around us are full of history and potential; haunted by ghosts and gilded by dreams. Halls and streets and fields are rich with meaning defined by wonderful, terrible, forgettable, and sublime individual and collective experiences, yet we exist in them for only one moment at a time. In “Time’s Arrow”, we will explore the layers of life piled in a single location that means something to a member of our audience.

The show is directed by Elizabeth Brammer and will perform at the Ballard Underground.

Performers for Time’s Arrow will be paid as a percentage of the show profits.

Show dates:
October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 8pm

Rehearsal/Tech dates:
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7-10pm, some Thursdays 7-10pm, and Saturdays (depending on cast availability) starting September 6th.

Tech:
October 9th
October 11th 7-10pm
October 12th 7-10pm

Audition Details

For an audition spot, please email Samantha.Hecker@seattleexperimentaltheater.com with your name, resume and headshot. Please let us know if you require a specific time for your audition slot. Auditions will be in 30 minute slots between 7-10 PM on July 20. Callbacks will be held July 24th. If you are interested in the show but cannot make one of the audition times, please let us know. If you have conflicts with any of the above dates, please let us know.

Seattle Experimental Theater is celebrating its 5th Anniversary Season in 2016. In addition to appearing at a wide variety of theater venues in the Seattle area, SET productions have also been featured at The Seattle Festival of Improv Theater, The Hawaii Festival of Improv Theater, Emerald City ComicCon, and GeekGirlCon.

Press Photos: “Where No Man Has Gone Before” 2016

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Improvised Trek on Evening Magazine

13391676_1060263530678174_8058947819730547811_o (1)On Wednesday, June 8, Saint Bryan from King 5’s Evening Magazine joined us on the bridge of our Starship Enterprise to take a behind-the-scenes look at the 5-year Seattle perennial hit Where No Man Has Gone Before, an improvised parody of the original Star Trek Series. Thanks for the great time, Evening Magazine!

A writeup is available on the King 5 website here (video requires Flash)