oct2015 October is going to be the biggest month in Big Blue Door history with SIX shows, THREE new classes, TWO new venues, the return of the Big Blue Door Jam, and so much more!

the scoop 3 Big Blue Door starts the month with a new performance as part of McGuffey Art Center‘s invitation-only fundraising night on Thursday, October 1st. The evening will feature a silent auction, a preview of our McGuffey’s history and art exhibits, and refreshments, plus a 40th anniversary cake. If you’re interested in contributing to McGuffey Art Center, stop by the office and ask to be added to the guest list.

first friday improv Speaking of McGuffey Art Center‘s 40th Anniversary Celebration, the fundraising is Thursday, but the grand public shindig is Friday, October 2nd as part of First Fridays. There’s the official art opening, a time capsule, plus wine! And stick around for a 7pm show by Big Blue Door’s fall performance ensembles Catawampus and Dance Monkey in Studio 20. We’re asking for a $5 suggested donation and the first $100 goes directly to the McGuffey Art Center! Big Blue Door: First Fridays Improv
McGuffey Art Center
Studio #20
Friday, October 2nd
Showtime 7pm
$5 Suggested Donation

improv to writingSaturday, Oct 3rd Big Blue Door improv veteran/novelist/essayist Deborah Prum and Big Blue Door co-director Joel Jones (that’s me!) are teaching a one-time-only seminar at Writer House called Improv for Writers. It’s a collection of improv and sketch writing techniques and exercises that are perfect for writers of all experience levels. It runs from 9am till 1pm and you can sign up directly at the Writer House website!

imp1 summer Speaking of classes, here is the mother lode! Big Blue Door’s fun and fantastic Improv 1. This is an introduction to longform improv, meaning character and scene-based comedy, and Big Blue Door is the only place in Charlottesville that teaches it. Our September course sold out so sign up for this one now! Oh, and this Improv 1 has special discounts for UVa and PVCC students!
Improv 1
McGuffey Art Center
Studio #20
Sunday afternoons 115-345pm
Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6*
Class Showcase Dec 13th

harold night 3 But the month is only half over! Thursday, October 15th is Big Blue Door’s Harold Night at C’ville Coffee! Our fall performance ensembles Catawampus and Dance Monkey start the fun at 7pm!  Only $5.
Thursday, October 15th
Show starts at 7pm!

Learning Curves Banner Then comes Big Blue Door’s three shows in three days led off by the fabled Big Blue Door Jam on Thursday, October 22nd featuring true stories inspired by the theme of ‘Learning Curves.’ And this will be our first Jam ever at Milli Joe! By the way there’s still time to sign up to tell a story!
The Big Blue Door Jam: ‘Learning Curves’
Milli Joe
Thursday October 22nd
Show starts at 8pm!

okstupid Sorry folks, this event is cancelled!

albemarle cider works banner Saturday, Oct 24th it’s matinee time! Our fall improv ensembles Catawampus and Dance Monkey head to the countryside for the first time ever to bring some Improv in the Afternoon to the beautiful Albemarle Cider Works! Have some delicious cider and watch great improv comedy!
October 24th
Show starts at 1pm!

tts summer Before the busy month is over Big Blue Door still has time to wedge in one more class, our wonderful and unique Telling True Stories course. Six sessions plus a class show teach students how to find and share the true stories in their own lives. The first four sessions focus on mining great story material. During the last two sessions students polish one story to tell in the class showcase. Sign up online!
Sundays 630pm-9pm
6 Sessions + Showcase
Starts Oct 25th

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