Chattanooga Now Chattanooga State show honors improv luminaries

Chattanooga Now Chattanooga State show honors improv luminaries

February 18th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

"Back to Borneo," a solo performance by Sparky Johnson, a drama instructor from Canada, will be presented Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway.

Johnson, a drama professor with the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta in Canada, is on sabbatical and is touring throughout the United States.

The show features Johnson as he relives the significant stories of his life (he was born in British North Borneo, which is now Malaysia) and plays them as if they are happening in the present.

"Like Kurt Vonnegut's Billy Pilgrim, I've become unstuck in time," he said about the show in a news release. "It's like I'm caught in a huge revolving door, a spiraling whirligig randomly spitting me out to significant moments in my life."

The show honors the work of Paul Sills, founder of The Second City and son of Viola Spolin, who wrote "Improvisation for the Theatre," the seminal work on improvisation in the United States.

He started the tour in January and has played cities including Spokane, Wash., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, N.M., Fort Worth, Texas, New Orleans, Tampa, Fla., and Birmingham, Ala.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

The performance contains adult content and language.

For more information, call 697-3246.