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The Living PlayBook 2001 Edition Edited by Randy Dixon History of the Living Playbook Over the years, Unexpected Productions has published six editions of our Living Playbook (including this one). We know of many books of games that are out and encourage you to support them as well. Editors and Years of Publication Randy Dixon with Tove Hansen (proofreading) & Andrew Rogers (Web) Randy Dixon (Seattle) & Max Fedchenko – Web Editing (Seattle) With Lisa Fredrickson (Orlando) & Bruce Oberg (Seattle) Randy Dixon with Josh Conescu (proofreading) Paul Killam (Seattle, WA) Paul Killam (Seattle, WA) & Bob Kramer (Seattle, WA) Known Contributors 1986 - Present Kris Anderson (Brisbane, Australia) Chrissy Best (Australia) Adam Charles Buckley (Elon College, NC) Steven Carpenter (Washington, DC) Keith Dahlgren (Seattle, WA) William Hall (San Francisco, CA) Charlie Henn (Chapel Hill, NC) Ron Hippe (Seattle, WA) Jay Hitt (Seattle, WA) Henk Hoffman (Netherlands) Keith Johnstone (Calgary, Canada) Paul Killam (San Francisco, CA) How It Works Arms

The Commedia dell'arte In the course of the development of the Commedia dell'arte, there grew up certain traditions which held fast for many years. The rascally servant, the old man, the lady's maid, and the like--stock characters which appeared in every play--always wore a conventional dress, with masks. In general these masks may be classed under four or five groups: Pantalone and the Doctor, both old men; the Captain, a young man of adventure; the valet or jester, usually called Zanni; the hunchback Punchinello; and another old man, somewhat different from the first two. Pantalone was usually a shop-keeper from Vienna, somewhat stupid, fond of food and of pretty women, talkative, gullible, full of temper, the butt of all the jokes--some of them very indecent--yet forgiving in the end. Zanni, the scoundrelly valet or jester, resembled the Greek slave of the Middle and New Comedy. More on Commedia dell'Arte

Grammatically Speaking Have You Got a Grasp of Grammar? Whether you’re a stickler for good grammar or just curious about your punctuation prowess, test your grammar know-how with the Grammatically Speaking quiz. Use the dials to select the correct answers and then challenge your friends to beat your score. enter › Apostrophe? Think you know it all now? retake test › Or challenge your friends!

IMPROV ALL STARS - The Second City - 50 Years of Funny An evening of fully improvised comedy from the acknowledged masters of the form, "Second City’s Improv All Stars" is an evening of improvised sketches, games, songs and general merriment. Perfect for non-traditional venues or presenters with a limited budget, the troupe of "Second City’s Improv All Stars" will astound you with their talent, skill and wit - without the aid of script or set. For more information or additional assistance, please email Joe Ruffner or call him at 312-664-4032. Downloads:Press Release (PDF)Technical Rider (PDF) Marketing Kit (ZIP file)Radio Spots Additional downloads can be found to the right in the "Program Information" sidebar item. You may be asking yourself, "What's in this Marketing Kit?"

Game Theory .net - Resources for Learning and Teaching Strategy for Business and Life Acting Games | Drama Exercises and Games for Kids and Adults Whether you’re a drama teacher, director, or running a course, acting games are a fantastic tool. They help students get comfortable, warmed up and focused. Acting games also develop important skills required for acting and performing. For Getting to Know a New GroupFocus GamesImprovisation GamesPhysical ExercisesSuper Fun GamesSimple GoodiesSome Practical Tips For Getting to Know a New Group Moving Name Difficulty: easyAge Range: all ages So this, in my opinion, is the best game to start with when working with a new group. Get your group into a circle.Say your name with a matching gesture and vocalisation. Tip: the more whacky you set the standard the better result you’ll get from the students.Tip: encourage the students not to think too much, but to jump straight it – looking stupid is mandatory. Name and Go Difficulty: easyAge Range: 8 and above I typically use this game after playing Moving Name. Tip: encourage students to relax and focus. Focus Games Me to You Word Association with Clicks

BBC Eighties Season - The Grumpy Guide To The 80s (5/10/10) Andrew and Gabriella Morrison Build hOMe, A Tiny House, To Avoid Mortgage Payments After spending years in the rat race, with their lives revolving around paying a hefty mortgage, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison decided to call it quits. They bravely decided to downsize to save money and adjust their lives so they could focus on more important things than monthly bills. Since they both had a background in construction, Andrew and Gabriella built their tiny house (called "hOMe") together. Then, they even set up the website Build A Tiny House to help others do the same. It only cost the couple $22,000 to build their tiny home on wheels ($33,000 if you include the appliances). Build A Tiny House Now, they live mortgage free. Not only that, but this Oregon family is much closer now that they live in hOMe. They have zero debt, plus their heating and cooling bills are much lower. The small home is stylish inside and out. Each corner of hOMe is perfectly decorated. There is plenty of seating for guests. Andrew and Gabriella have plenty of room in the bedroom as well.

Improv Encyclopedia Theatresports and Drama Games | Theatre Links Theatresports is a form of improvisational theatre, which uses the format of a competition for dramatic effect. Opposing teams can perform scenes based on audience suggestions, with ratings by the audience or by a panel of judges. Developed by director Keith Johnstone in Calgary, Alberta, in 1977, the concept of Theatresports originated in Johnstone’s observations of techniques used in professional wrestling to generate heat, or audience reaction. Arts 4 All Article titled ‘Improv – The Invisible Part of the Play’ by John Koprowski. Brigham Young University Webpage with about 20 games. Creative Drama Resource Site About 16 games. Drama Resource Drama games and techniques for education on David Farmer’s excellent resource website. Friday Night Improvs Website detailing about a dozen of the most popular Theatresports™ games. Fuzzy’s Games List Webpage with about 100 Theatresports™ games. Idiotica Website with over 100 theatresports games listed alphabetically, plus another 60 exercises.

Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath 19 December 2012Last updated at 12:18 ET Although it remains the name of the ground of one of England's famous old football clubs, since 1989 the word Hillsborough has more strongly evoked Britain's worst sporting disaster. On 15 April 1989, at the start of an FA Cup semi-final, a crush on the steel-fenced terraces of Sheffield Wednesday's stadium resulted in the death of 96 Liverpool fans and left hundreds more injured. The inquiry into the disaster, led by Lord Justice Taylor, established the main cause as a failure of police crowd control. Events began to unfold from around 14:30 BST. Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story Liverpool fans had begun arriving at the ground from midday, but had to enter their designated stand at Leppings Lane through a small number of decrepit turnstiles. Once inside, many made their way on to the terraced lower stand which was ringed with blue-painted steel fences and laterally divided into "pens". Makeshift stretchers

10 Most Famous Walls In The Worlds | 10 Most Today 1. The Great Wall Of China, China – Being the only man made structure visible from space with the naked eye, it was built in the 14th century and protected the northern borders of the Chinese Empire from the attack of nomadic tribes. This amazing construction stretches for 8,850 kilometers 10 Most Famous Walls In The Worlds: The Great Wall Of China 2. The Western Wall, Jerusalem – the holiest place for Jewish people 3. Berlin Wall – was finally taken down in 1989 4. 10 Most Famous Walls In The Worlds: Walls Of Troy 5. Hadrian’s Wall, England 6. The Walls of Ston, Croatia 7. Walls Of Babylon, Iraq – one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world (photo from 1931) 8. 10 Most Famous Walls In The Worlds: Great Zimbabwe Walls, Zimbabwe 9. 10 Most Famous Walls In The Worlds: Sacsayhuaman, Peru 10. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C Other posts you might find interesting:

Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Online - Air Dates And Times The current schedule for "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" runs as thus: Every Weeknight, A New Episode Will Air At 8 PM EST Every Weeknight, A Re-Run Of A Previous Episode Will Air At 11 PM EST Every Weeknight, Whatever Was Shown At 8 PM Will Repeat At 2 AM EST Every Saturday, There Will Be Re-Runs At 2 PM EST, 5 PM EST And 8 PM EST Every Sunday, There Will Be Re-Runs At 5 PM EST And 8 PM EST Site: Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza OnlineWebmistress: DianeEstablished: April 20th, 2011Version: 1.0Resolution: 1024x768 More Buttons l Get This Code Do you enjoy the site? Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Online was created in 2011 to serve as a fansite to the show "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza" on The Game Show Network; it is not meant to act as or represent an official site or source in any manner.

Acting Exercises: For High School Students and Beginners Here are a few acting exercises you can use to sharpen up your craft. Some of them are simple theatre games, while others are more complex. All of them are designed to help your acting abilities. Please note: Some of these acting exercises require the use of a character. Go read a play that you've never heard of and choose a character that interests you. Middle and High School Alphabet SceneTwo students are selected. For example: If Y is the letter chosen, the first line of the scene starts with Y. If you want to make it harder, add more actors. Why? Zip Zap ZopGather everyone into a circle. Why? Freeze! Why? Question SceneTwo students improvise a scene where the all lines must be questions. Why? Backwards SceneTwo students are selected. Why? Party QuirksOne student plays the host of the party. Why? College Level Public SolitudeThe student will play out their morning routine in the studio as if they were alone. Why? "Stop looking at my shirt!" "Stop looking at your shirt?" And so on. Why? Why? Why? Why?