The Importance of Being Earnest at The Footlight Club

The Footlight Club, America’s oldest continuously operating community theater and one of Jamaica Plain’s hidden gems, is proud to announce its final show of its 142nd season: Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, for six performances this June at its Eliot Hall home, 7A Eliot St, Jamaica Plain. A farcical comedy set in late Victorian era London, in which the leading characters maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations, the play is widely considered to be Wilde’s masterpiece, as well as the most often revived of his plays.  The Importance of Being Earnest brought Wilde to the peak of his career, mere months before his reputations would come crashing down, forcing the show to close out its West End debut only months after opening. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays from June 1 - June 16 at 8pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2pm on June 2.

Banned in Boston

Banned in Boston, the annual comedy and music revue hosted by WGBH's Margery Eagan and Jim Braude, is Rehearsal for Life’s signature fundraising event. For one-night-only, local Boston celebrities, media personalities, politicians, and business, arts and community leaders rally together to put on a show of hilarity, musical satire and skits.  

The show supports Rehearsal for Life’s Urban Improv program using theater as a vehicle for social change. Since 1992, the interactive program has engaged over 75,000 young people at more than 125 schools and community groups.  

Urban Improv’s structured improvisational theater workshops are designed to strengthen social and emotional (SEL) skills and help students deal creatively with real-life challenges through dialogue and performance.

Story Club Boston

Story Club Boston is a storytelling/reading event featuring guest storytellers from the area as well as the chance for audience members to tell their own 5 minute, true, first-person story based on the theme of the month. For information on the month's theme, visit storyclubboston.com.

2017 Jamaica Plain Improv Festival

Welcome! The 2017 Jamaica Plain Improv Festival invites local and national improv comedy teams to showcase the art of long form improv! JPIF is a 13-hour long form improv marathon hosted by Naffy Improv and The Riot Theater. The Festival will be held from 12pm to 1am, August 12, 2017, at the Riot Theater in Jamaica Plain, MA. On social media, #JPIF2

Alumni of JP’s Footlight Club Makes It Big on ‘Inside Amy Schumer’

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Well-placed sources in the JP acting community confirm that Mike Houston, an alumni of the neighborhood's Footlight Club, is appearing regularly on Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer." In the above clip, (which has NSFW language), Houston plays "Jeff" as he attempts to learn the secrets of Female Emotional Combat. In addition to the above skit, Houston was in this season's (highly NSFW) "Twelve Angry Men." He and members of his troupe, The Collective, often appear on the show. Houston's first appearance with the Footlight Club was in Psycho Beach Party.

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