Did I mean Debra Messing? No. I meant Susan Messing. A name that might not mean anything to you, the average person, but to me - the ultra nerdy improviser - her name means a lot! She's a brilliant improviser out of Chicago, that puts on one of the best damn improv shows I've ever seen. (Messing with a Friend at the Annoyance Theatre.) I also did a workshop with her once and totally loved her. She swears a lot. I liked that.
Here is what she thinks of "finding the game" in improv. I love it. And totally agree. (Found on SplitSider.)
"The game of the scene is a fucking misnomer. Finding the
game annoys the fuck out of me. That sounds like there was a game there
and we were too stupid to find it. The games of the scene are anything
you do more than once that become characteristics or facts. You have a
game for you that no one can take away – could be a character or
physical trait – but it's something that you visit again and again to
show that is something that is inherent to you, something you always do."
The whole post is worth reading for any improviser who has no clue what "finding the game" means. Or no clue what they're supposed to focus on or do when an instructor says, "find the game" or "follow the game." The word "game" bums me out.
Sorry. This post is strictly for the improvisers/students who read my blog. Hi!