Unexpected Productions Presenting Theatresports
Unexpected Productions, producers of Seattle's critically acclaimed Theatre Sports, is Seattle's Premier Improvisation Based Theatre Company! We perform over 250 shows per year, entertaining more than 28,000 people!
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Unexpected Productions is dedicated to promoting the art and spirit of improvisation. We provide entertainment and education by illuminating, with integrity, the humor and truth in our world.
"Some of the best improvisers in America today."
- Del Close, Late lamented ImprovOlympic Guru Former "Second City" Director
". the vivacious actors gave this audience a dose of theatre history, along with an endless supply of laughs."
-Cathy Ragland, Seattle Times
"Unexpected Productions (is) a shrine of spontaneously improvised acting and dialogue."
-Joe Adcock, Seattle Post Intelligencer
By 1988, The Seattle TheatreSports™ League began producing and performing another show: Cream of Wit. The focus of Cream of Wit has been the exploration of longer forms of improvisation in a non-competitive setting. The improvisors in the company wanted to move into new and different theatrical formats, including producing and writing full length shows. We wanted to continue the success of TheatreSports™, but grow creatively in other forms. The company began teaching improvisation to interested students, some of whom gained the skills to join the company.
Therefore, the Seattle TheatreSports™ League became officially known as Unexpected Productions, a non-profit 501(c)(3) theatre company, which would produce more than TheatreSports™. Additionally, The company sought to find a permanent home to produce shows on a seasonal basis. In June 1991, Unexpected Productions acquired the lease to the Market Theatre in the historic Pike Place Market, which continues to be our mainstage.
While TheatreSports™ , Wednesdays at 8 and Cream of Wit are still considered to be the foundation of the theatre, Unexpected Productions has developed, written and produced over thirty shows since leasing the Market Theatre in 1991