9781566081139

Improv Ideas: A Book of Games And Lists

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    9781566081139

  • ISBN10:

    1566081130

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-30
  • Publisher: Pioneer Drama Service
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Summary

Book and CD-ROM. A book of games and lists. Generating ideas from your own improv group is always best, but when you need a source for memory jogs and new inspirations to keep things lively, use this book. It includes more than seventy games and lists along with a CD-ROM so that you may print these lists directly onto labels or pages for student use. Everything is in alphabetical order for quick reference. It's all here -- the five Ws and the big H (how). Three appendices include information about the dramatic uses for games, national theatre standards and other gimmicks and tools.

Table of Contents

About This Book
1(8)
And Now Some Answers
1(1)
Why a whole book of games and lists?
1(1)
What do you mean by improvisation?
1(1)
How can I use improve?
1(1)
What is side, coaching?
2(1)
What are the improv guidelines?
2(1)
Did you make up all the lists and games?
2(1)
Talking the Theatre Talk
2(1)
Theatre terms to know (Including terms specific to this book)
2(1)
Plot: a beginning, a middle, and an ending
3(1)
Groups: What, How, and When
3(1)
Group composition
3(1)
Group size
3(1)
Performance order
4(1)
Sample Games, Lists and More Lists
4(1)
Ready-to-print lists
4(1)
Sample games
4(1)
Lists next to games
4(1)
Do Your Homework
4(1)
Read and cull
4(1)
Guide to the Visual References in This Book
4(3)
Five Ws and an H
4(1)
Budgeting time for the games
5(1)
Use these for ... the director's ulterior motives
5(1)
Players and equipment
6(1)
Teach and practice skills
6(1)
Dot com
7(1)
About the Accompanying CD-ROM
7(2)
Print and cut lists
7(1)
Labels
7(1)
What do I do with all those cards and slips?
7(2)
Games and Lists
9(166)
Hitchhiker
10(2)
Accents and Attitudes
11(1)
The Wacky Family
12(2)
Scenes and Adjectives
13(1)
If I Were a Skunk
14(2)
Animals
15(1)
The Next-Door Neighbors
16(2)
Annoying Personal Habits
17(1)
Pass the Object
18(2)
Attributes
19(1)
Fruit Basket Upset
20(2)
Categories
21(1)
Name Game
22(1)
The Job Interview
23(5)
Character Traits
24(4)
In a Manner of Speaking
28(4)
Cliches (and Tired Phrases)
29(3)
Yearbook Game
32(2)
Clubs
33(1)
The Invention Of
34(2)
Cool and Unusual Products
35(1)
Conflict Game
36(2)
Dilemmas
37(1)
Trapped
38(2)
Enclosed Spaces
39(1)
Exit, Stage Right!
40(2)
Entrances and Exits
41(1)
This Sounds Like the Place
42(2)
Environments in Sound
43(1)
It Wasn't My Fault
44(2)
Excuses
45(1)
Talk Show Game I
46(1)
Talk Show Game II
47(3)
Experts
48(2)
Fractured Fairy Tales
50(2)
Fairy, Folk, and Children's Stories
51(1)
What If
52(4)
Fairy Tale Questions
53(3)
Buddies
56(2)
Famous Pairs
57(1)
Party Mix
58(2)
Famous People
59(1)
Film Critics
60(2)
Film Titles
61(1)
First Line, Last Line (game)
62(4)
First Line, Last Line (list)
63(3)
Today's Your Lucky Day
66(2)
Fortunes
67(1)
Freeze
68(2)
Freeze Scenarios
69(1)
In the Style Of
70(2)
Generic Scenes
71(1)
In This Genre
72(2)
Genres
73(1)
Genre House
74(10)
Genre Jogs
75(9)
News Commentary
84(2)
News Commentary Ideas
85(1)
Wax Museum
86(2)
Historical Moments
87(1)
Sick
88(2)
Illnesses
89(1)
Twisted
90(2)
Improbable Physical Traits
91(1)
Line at a Time
92(2)
Lines at a Time
93(1)
That's Life
94(2)
Memory Jogs
95(1)
Mixed Motivations
96(2)
Motivations
97(1)
Nursery Rhymes (game)
98(2)
Nursery Rhymes (list)
99(1)
I'm Going on a Trip
100(2)
Objects
101(1)
Obsessed With
102(2)
Obsessions
103(1)
What's My Line?
104(4)
Occupations
105(3)
Opening and Closing Scenes (game)
108(67)
Opening and Closing Scenes (list)
109(66)
The Answers at the Back of the Book
175(1)
Appendix 1: Dramatic Uses for Games
176(4)
Appendix 2: National Theatre Standards
180(12)
Standard 1 -- Script Writing
180(1)
Standard 2 -- Acting
180(1)
Standard 3 -- Designing
181(1)
Standard 4 -- Directing
182(1)
Standard 5 -- Researching
183(1)
Standard 6 -- Comparing Art Forms
183(1)
Standard 7 -- Analyzing
184(1)
Standard 8 -- Understanding
185(1)
Applying National Theatre Standards to Improv Games
186(6)
Appendix 3: Gimmicks and Other Useful Tools
192(3)
You've Gotta Have a Gimmick!
192(1)
Why gimmicks?
192(1)
Spinergy
192(1)
Card decks
192(1)
Visual imagery
192(1)
Movie plot generator
192(1)
Multimedia ideas
192(1)
A cautionary tale
192(1)
Persuasion and Propaganda Techniques
193(1)
Stage Area Map
193(1)
FYI
194(1)
Resources 195(2)
About the Authors 197

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