Go Comedy Improv Inspired By Ferndale Reads

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Go Comedy Improv Inspired By Ferndale Reads
Wed., Apr. 6 & 13

Thu., Apr. 21 & 28
9:00 PM
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699672246987847

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The talented improv comedy specialists at Ferndale’s Go Comedy! club unleash laughs from contemporary literature this April when they take on Station Eleven,a hit dystopian suspense novel selected by the Ferndale Area District Library for their annual series of programming, Ferndale Reads.

“It’s really a fantastic challenge,” said P.J. Jacokes, owner and producer at Go Comedy!. “Usually, for improv, we get one or two words, so to be able to use an entire novel as source material, is a gift.”

Ferndale Reads is essentially a book club hosted by the Ferndale Library with fun events for the whole city! This year’s book is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which Vulture calls, “Unmissable…A literary page-turner, impeccably paced, which celebrates the world lost.” Ferndale Librarian Darlene Hellenberg organized a series of programs and arranged for one hundred and fifty free copies to be made available to anyone interested in participating in Ferndale Reads.

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This is the seventh installment of Ferndale Reads and Jacokes along with several Go Comedy! performers have prepared their own show, charmingly satirizing the themes and plot points of the library’s selected book, regardless of genre, be it noir detective whodunnits, horror or fantasy. “We always try to weave in elements that people who have read the book will enjoy, while still making it accessible to everyone.”

Station Eleven isn’t your typical dystopian novel; in fact, author Emily St. John Mandel’s work has been remarkable for its refreshing take on that genre. In the wake of a pandemic that devastates civilization, a Hollywood star, a zealous prophet and a nomadic group of Shakespearean actors seek salvation across scattered outposts in the Great Lakes region. Go Comedy! will contribute a fun and inventive series of performances featuring their playful spoofs, with a special series of shows, entitled “Survival is Insufficient” Wed., Apr. 6 and 13 and Thu.,Apr. 21 and 28, at 9:00pm. Tickets are $10 or $5 with a valid Ferndale library card.

“We take the audience to the epicenter of the catastrophe, a local stage production where the actors begin to perish one-by-one,” said director Aaron Johnstone. “Meanwhile, twenty years in the future we see the aftermath of the events, where the survivors quest for meaning and levity after the devastation. Audiences can expect interweaving storylines and scenes about humanity that can also bring the laughs.”

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Go Comedy Improv Inspired By Ferndale Reads
Wed., Apr. 6 & 13

Thu., Apr. 21 & 28
9:00 PM
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699672246987847

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One Response to Go Comedy Improv Inspired By Ferndale Reads

  1. Pingback: Ferndale Reads 2016: Station Eleven | FADL Observer: Ferndale Area District Library

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