Intergenerational Ensemble


The Intergenerational Theater project is starting a Monday evening adult long-form improv group led by Amy Poux (BIO).

Taking place at the Stone Dock Cafe, High Falls NY, the goal is to create a site specific theater piece about the people who work in a local cafe.

We will create the daily world of a local restaurant – completely from the restaurant staff’s points of view. We will be “back stage” with them – experience the before/after of dealing with customers, the chef, the manager… hear the stories, struggles, successes of their lives. The style of work is realism + a little magic. It is likely that we will not ever meet the customers. 

Cinematographer, Marian Dealy, will be video-documenting this process.  

We will meet once per week for 2.5 hours on Mondays from 7 – 9  or 9:30 pm, (depending on where we are with the work).

Start date: September 11 & performing November 17 & 18. 

The week of performance will demand 3 additional rehearsals to create this immersive long-form improvisational theater piece. 

We will: Play theater games, create characters, outline a story, and together create the world of a restaurant with all of the drama, humor, love and conflict that a day’s work encompasses.

Nuts & Bolts:

When & Where? Mondays from 7 – 9:30 pm,

SEPTEMBER: 11, 18, 25,  OCTOBER: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,  NOVEMBER: 6, 13 + added rehearsals. Performance: Weekend of November 17. 

Location: Stone Dock Cafe

12 Stone Dock Road, PO Box 425, High Falls, New York 12440

Fee? Sliding scale $150 – $225 per person. 10-week commitment.

Requirements? Adult actors, non actors & wannabe actors are welcome. The only request is that everyone shows up every week so that we can build an ensemble.

Why do it? There is so much research about the value of adult play, our need to connect, let off steam, take a break from adult roles. We will really just have fun, play, invent. This is a low-stress creative environment, and together we will create something good!

TO ENROLL: Email Amy Poux: 

Intergenerational Ensemble excerpt from “After Life”.

This original theater production, After Life, was an unscripted long-form improvisation, created by a multigenerational theater ensemble. The play uses magical realistic to juxtapose daily and after life of a broken family. Directed by Amy Poux, featuring (In order of appearance): Jean Graber, Zoe Levy-Serrano, (the late) Herb Rosenfeld, Nancy Graham, Eugene Krochovy, and Ric Cousin.

Excerpt from the original theater production, Bound, an unscripted long-form improvisation, created by the Intergenerational Ensemble. Directed by Amy Poux, featuring actors Zoe Levy-Serrano, Ali McKersie, and Rick Lange.

“The theater, when it is potent enough to deserve its ancestry, is always dangerous; that is why it is instinctively feared by people who do not want change, but only preservation of the status quo.” — Hallie Flanagan, Federal Theater Project

Intergenerational Ensemble (I.E.) produces long-form devised theater pieces that engage the audience, create connection, and foster community.  I. E. programs are designed to be accessible to actors and non-actors, and open to ages 19 to 90. 

Why do it?

From the work of Bertolt Brecht in Nazi Germany to Augusto Boal in the migrant fields of Brazil, and Hallie Flanagan’s Federal Theater project, theater has been used to agitate change.  The Intergenerational Ensemble aims to create social change through live theatrical spectacles that inspire community discourse and engagement, decrease social alienation, and provide a forum for hope, awareness, and unity, particularly for marginalized citizens.

What is it? 

Using YET’s long-form improvisational approach, Intergenerational Ensemble creates live improvised works that shine a light on the complexity of human interactions and invite spectators to play along.  Actors of all ages populate stores, theaters, restaurants, streets and create theater to forge change, awareness, and collective community voice.