We're back this year with "A Serious Exploration of St Patrick Using Comedy" celebrating the stories of historical figure Saint Patrick:
Many shows at BIG celebrate and serve the city’s local community. Our very own Terry Withers co-produces the St. Patrick’s Day show. He hopes it will attract the Irish community and those interested in learning more about that history. Terry - who also happens to be BIG's Managing Director started improvising in 2007.
I asked Terry what the appeal of this particular show is. “If you care about learning what it means, truly means, to be Irish then this show is a must.” Terry said.
Baltimore Improv Group hopes to celebrate the city’s strong Irish connections. According to my research, one prominent theory states that Baltimore was named after an Irish town of the same name in west County Cork. The name Baltimore even comes from Irish words, “Baile an Tí Mhóir”, which means "town of the big house."
“My colleague Patrick Hampton and I use a combination of religious rituals and psychic powers to teach audience members the true nature of being Irish, including our culture’s connection to Lucky Charms, Irish Spring Body Soap And Chicken McNuggets,” Terry said.
Patrick, who is of Irish descent, serves as the other co-producer. Hampton began studying improv in 2016.
"As a proud Irishman, it is my civic duty to educate the general public on the importance of celebrating Saint Patrick,” Patrick said.
Patrick briefly began his improv journey at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hampton then came to Baltimore and began performing with Baltimore Improv Group.
“Together, with my esteemed colleague Terry Withers, we create an out-of-body experience for our theater guests, bringing them face to face with the literal spirit of Saint Patrick,” Patrick told me.
“This is such an important show - I hope you will join us on this journey of discovery through our cultural connection to green items.
A Serious Exploration of St Patrick Using Comedy is Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at 8 p.m. at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St. For more information and tickets go to bigimprov.org/stpatrick
Various BIG members and friends contribute to the blog. Enjoy!