Haunted ghost tours in Baltimore seem like a lot of work, going from place to place. In an effort to find a way for my ghosting experience to be a little less active, I talked to Kim Le â one of the creators of an improvised show called GHOST PARTY.
Read on below for a transcript of our conversation:
Tell us all about GHOST PARTY. How might you describe your show to someone who knows nothing about improv?
GHOST PARTY ð»ð is an interactive, spooky, unscripted pop-up comedy play in which the audience and actors are all acolytes of a coven, led by hosts Beatrice and Derek (characters played by myself and Marty McGuire, respectively). The storyline of each show varies, depending upon the reason for the season, but often features high-spirited, macabre parlor games. Sometimes the theater unexpectedly turns into a haunted house!
If you want to see a show that is gleefully, wantonly silly and not quite anything else you might see on any other stage in Baltimore (improv or no), and will literally never be seen again after its nights conclusion, go see this show. Look for our shows on the calendar around major holidays, including Tax Day!
For the upcoming shows in October (which are definitely not Halloween-based shows, Halloween is for normies) we're going back to school - to Beatrice and Derek's high school homecoming weekend! Saturday's show is the homecoming dance; Sunday's show is the big game! Come to one or both, as you like!
For the more knowledgeable improv crowd, what do you hope they'll take away from the show?
GHOST PARTY (which, by the way, should be always typed in all caps like an anguished soul screaming into the void) is essentially a half-improvised, half-devised play. We get together in a room and pitch ideas for a show based on a theme, and sort of plot out a loose skeleton of what the storyline might be. Then we come up with short form games that could potentially help us advance that narrative, and stitch them all together.
The main lesson Iâve learned from working on GHOST PARTY (which really has been a labor of love for myself and its co-creators, Marty McGuire and Julia Hall) is the sheer, blind joy that results from applying the basic rule of improv (âyes, andâ) to things outside of just improv scenework. No idea is too stupid or insane to put into a GHOST PARTY show. Yes, I can totally drive to a flea market in Essex to procure a terrifying looking doll, to then give over to my team of frighteningly eager improvisors to make âimprovements,â all for a ten-second bit at the end of a show that will happen once and never again. Yes, we can lure audiences backstage to tour the âmurdershop.â Yes, we can fill a portable toilet with dry ice and invite audiences to sit on it! Every time we develop these shows, everyone on board is often screaming âyes, andâ in a way that I have not encountered in any other context, improv or no.
I guess, in summary: you, too, can build a cult, via the magic of improv!
Video courtesy of Jessie Delaplaine, from the 2018 Valentine's Day GHOST PARTY show: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfM064-HKbU/
Come to GHOST PARTY at The BIG Theater on Saturday, October 13 at 10 pm for Haunted Homecoming and continued on Sunday, October 14 at 8:30 pm Sunday Night Lights. Visit our calendar and ask our staff about other performances.
Various BIG members and friends contribute to the blog. Enjoy!