The Improvised Shakespeare Company — which first visited the Mondavi Center in April 2012 — returns by popular demand at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, for a performance in Jackson Hall. Based on one audience suggestion (for instance, a title for a play that has yet to be written), the Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a new play on the spot, ”in the Elizabethan style.”
Each player in the company has brushed up on his “thees” and “thous,” as well as improv comedy techniques, to invent off-the-cuff humor using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Depending on the night, audience members may encounter power struggles and schemers plotting revenge, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, ribald jokes, rhyming couplets, asides, insults and persons in disguise.
With nothing planned out, rehearsed or written, each performance is one of a kind, and something of a tightrope walk. Tickets are $20-$50 general, $10-$25 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.