Chapter OneThe First Secret of ImprovisationYes! Space

Imagine . . . You are backstage at a theater, listening to the sound of an excited crowd taking their seats out front. As you stare at the empty stage, you suddenly realize that you have no script, no costume, no props. You look around at the shadowed faces of the other people backstage, and from their nervousness you realize that they also have no idea what’s going to happen next. Suddenly, the lights dim in the house and go up onstage. It’s your cue. You have to go out!

You’re pulled onstage by the motion of the people behind you. One of your troupe members steps up to the lip of the stage and says, “I need a one-word contribution.” Someone in the back of the audience shouts, “Vegetables!” ...

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