Spooky season is here, and Transactors Improv Company is performing an improv show focused on suspense, creepiness and the theme of obsession.
The show, called “Sock-Hop Obsession,” will take place at the ArtsCenter on Oct. 5. It will be set in a 1950s era high school, and will feature musical guest Dex Romweber, a roots-rock musician from Chapel Hill.
Greg Hohn, cast member and director of transactors, said the theme of the show came about from listening to Romweber’s music. He said a lot of the music has an old-school feel, and that got them thinking about how many songs from the 1950s are really about obsession.
“We’re playing with that fun repressed energy that was more prevalent at that time,” said cast member Anoo Tree Brod. “I think when things aren’t as out there as we are now, a lot more can brew underneath the surface.”
The show will be long-form improvisation, similar to a two-act play, with the cast taking suggestions from the audience, said Hohn. The music Romweber and his band plays will also be improvised.
Brod said the combination of live improvised music and live improvised theater is not something you see very often.
“They inspire us and we inspire their music, and it’s kinda like this give and take,” Brod said.
Hohn said the show is different from an average improv shows because, while it will have comedy, they’re focusing more on the psychological drama.
“We really like to explore emotional worlds — we tend to focus more on emotion rather than ideas or being clever,” Hohn said. “We’re trying to get at the heart of characters and explore what that’s all about.”