Happy Galentine’s Day! New event at Black Box Improv is just for the girls

Don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day? Good! Grab your girlfriends and head over to The Black Box Improv Theater Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. for the first Galentine’s Day Show.

Galentine’s Day is a day for women to leave the men and home and brunch with a lot of booze. The holiday was created by Leslie Knope, the main character from “Parks and Recreation.” The show was a mockumentary on NBC from 2009-2015. Knope was played by an improv veteran, Amy Poehler.

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“Amy Poehler is big in the world of improv. Since we have such a large talented cast of women in our theater, we saw an opportunity,” said Brittany Stacy, operations manager at Black Box.

The show will be broken up into four different half-hour shows, each with a different theme and cast. An all-female cast will ask the audience for suggestions and perform in celebration of female friendships everywhere.

“We [women] definitely bring a fresh perspective on life. Our voices and life experiences definitely can come out on stage,” Stacy said.

While there is audience participation, no one has to worry about being pulled up on stage. The performers will do the heavy lifting. The cast is a mix of performers, some who have been there a long time.

“The cast is a mix. All have been around the theater at least over a year. Some for four years. They’re not exactly newbies,” Stacy said.

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The seasoned cast will be performing long-form improv, which is The Black Box Theater’s specialty. Long-form improv is a technique where performers tie multiple scenes together to create a story. In contrast, short-form improv consists of short games or exercises that only last a couple minutes.

The show is BYOB meaning that you can bring a six pack or a bottle of wine. The theater also welcomes people to bring coolers. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at daytonblackbox.com. Black Box will also be selling tickets at the door, but encourage people to purchase tickets in advance.

“We hope to make this an annual event that people look forward to. We want to celebrate women supporting each other,” Stacy said.

The Black Box Theater opened in 2012 and was founded by Justin Howard. The theater has weekly shows Wednesday to Saturday, including an improvised musical every Saturday. There are also classes that people can take.

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The theater is located at 518 E. Third St. and can be contacted at 937-369-0747 or by email at theblackboximprov@gmail.com.

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