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Washington Improv Theater Brings The Funny To Anacostia Workshops

Michael Bird and Justus Hammond get their improv on.
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Michael Bird and Justus Hammond get their improv on.

Washington Improv Theater (WIT) has brought improvisational performances to D.C. audiences for 15 years. Now for the first time, the group is travelling across the Anacostia River to educate and entertain Ward 8 residents. 

WIT's artistic and executive director Mark Chalfant says the company's first partnership with the Anacostia Arts Center is a fun way to test the waters in the developing neighborhood.

"I think Anacostia is a really exciting place right now. A lot of different forces have sort of aligned to create more arts opportunities there," he says. "Improv is, I think, one of the art forms that has the lowest threshold for entrance. You really just need yourself."

Chalfant says that improvisation is a useful skill, because is sharpens one's awareness of self and of others.

"It's approaching one another's ideas with a kind of radical positivity that does not come naturally to all of us, but when you really embrace this kind of thinking you will find that it takes you further forward, faster in collaborating with one another," he says.

The group will stage two performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night and will also host a free Intro to Improv Workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.


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