Hey everyone. I’ve been a bad blogger lately but life has been pretty hectic. Though I’ve carved some time out to self indulge a bit… The Del Close Marathon (DCM) is a round-the-clock improv festival starting Friday, June 26th at 4:00pm that runs straight through until Saturday, June 28th at 9:30pm. A couple of years ago, I wrote about my first experience at DCM. Last year around this time, I wrote about my first experience performing in DCM. This year I’m back in it after a couple of acts I submitted with were among the 500-something acts picked out of 2,100-something submissions.
The Del Close Marathon is back again and I’m more excited than ever to perform in it! It is a great relief that I am able to be a performer this year. Leading up to the acceptance announcements, I was full of anxiety with the idea that after I moved to New York, I might not get in. As it turns out, I have two very exciting highlights coming up this weekend.
Saturday night at 9:00, Big Gulp is performing in a half-hour time slot at UCB East Village. This is very special to me because Big Gulp was my long time team in Boston and I loved what we had become as a group. Last year, we were in one of the side venues (which I guess is an unofficial term to describe one of the 7 theaters that aren’t UCB Chelsea and UCB East Village) and had only a 15-minute slot. That was exciting as a first time DCM performer and what I had expected us to get again this year. When the schedules came out, we were all in disbelief and full of excitement. Thirty-minutes in one of the main two venues and between two amazing acts (AIRWOLF: Let’s Go Back To Your Place and Ernie Barnes)! My heart still races when I think about it.
Then, 11.5 hours later (at, um, 8:30 Sunday morning), also at UCB East Village, I’m in my first ever Del Close Marathon bit show. These are 10-15 minute long “joke-y” shows that fill up the too-early-for-real-improv time slots. The bit show I’m a part of is called Improvised West Wing where I will pretend to have seen the West Wing for 15 minutes.
In addition to those two shows, I plan on seeing as much improv as I can while sleeping as little as I can. If you’re in the NYC area this weekend, check out some shows. I think it’s $35 for as many shows as you want with wristbands at all the venues.