Jeremey Murphy crossed an ocean in pursuit of improv. Canada to Australia. Four years later, he’d barely cross a street for an improv show. So what happened? How do boundless improv summits become scorched earth? An interrogation of the emotional clockwork of improv through one man’s journey.
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What happens when something you love becomes something you really don’t? Improv is a form that relies on childlike spontaneity for its spark, but does it also invite a certain childish cruelty? What of politics, ambition, inner demons and outer challenges and the delicate negotiation of achieving group mind? How does the influence of a great teacher affect your expectations? And does fearlessness on stage mean that fear, like Galileo’s energy, merely finds another form?
Jay Ray speaks candidly about things that were and will never be again.
DATES and THINGS
Jeremey was in Australia from April 2007- April 2009. He trained and performed with Impro Melbourne and was an active member of the Technique (Rookies) group. In April 2008 he returned to Canada for three months. This is where the disastrous show discussed occurred.
Prior to that he trained with Rapid Fire Theatre. They contributed $800 toward his Australian tuition.
He is now happily married and lives back in Canada.
The Spaces website here.
The Spaces music on itunes.
Kaci and Kurtis are referred to as being from “The Austin Improv Circuit.” This is a colloquial term for improv in Austin and not a troupe name.
Louisa May Alcott also tied with Suess and Vonnegut for Top 5 honours. Soory ’bout that Little Women folk.