13 Jun, 2008  |  Written by  |  under Improv Everywhere

We’ve got a new-ish incarnation of the “Improv Everywhere” group here in the Kansas City area. I’ve done two “missions” with the group so far, and it’s thoroughly fun stuff.

The first one, I ran video of “moebius”, a 5-minute loop of action performed for unsuspecting viewers in a Starbucks inside a Barnes & Noble. I’m fascinated with the idea that in traditional theater, the audience engages in a “willing suspension of disbelief”, but in Improv Everywhere missions, their disbelief is unwillingly forced upon them by a surprising scene they gradually realize is theater.