CSz Philadelphia, Home of ComedySportz, presents aPOCalypse Weekend 2018 spotlighting improvised comedy by people of color
For Immediate Release, United States (September 18, 2018) – This October, CSz Worldwide’s second annual aPOCalypse Weekend comes to Philadelphia.
On Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, performers of color from around the United States will converge on the CSz Philadelphia theater, 2030 Sansom Street, for hilarious ComedySportz matches, as well as freewheeling improv jams, developmental workshops, and discussions of diversity and inclusion in the comedic arts.
Friday’s programming features the aPOCalypse Jam (10 pm) featuring local improv ensembles Supreme Court Justice and American Express. Admission to the jam is free (donations to our diversity scholarship program will be accepted) and attendees will have opportunities to participate on stage. Saturday at 7:30 and 10 pm, teams of POC players will go head to head in two ComedySportz improv matches.
The goals of the weekend are to increase the connectedness of players of color in CSz Worldwide, and in the wider improv community; to address challenges unique to players of color through workshops; and to entertain audiences while celebrating underrepresented PoC talent on the CSz Philadelphia stage.
Last year’s inaugural aPOCalypse Weekend drew nine improvisers of color to Chicago for two highly successful ComedySportz matches. This year’s event will feature performers from Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Portland, OR; Richmond, VA; and other cities, as well as local Philadelphia improvisers of color.
Why aPOCalypse Weekend? “Even in the most ideal circumstances, being a person of color in predominantly white spaces has its own unique set of challenges,” reflects co-chairperson Erica Gooch, a member of the ComedySportz Philadelphia ensemble. “Being able to connect with other players and celebrate our differences is incredibly fun and impactful. Last year, the positive energy of the weekend stuck with me for a long time, and I’m so excited to bring this event to our home turf.”
Co-chair Luis Cortes, a ComedySportz Chicago ensemble member, further summarizes the impact of the weekend: “We've seen a tremendous boost in interest. Word of mouth brought in several outstanding performers and students who'd never set foot in our space before…. We've also seen a higher percentage of women and LGBT performers coming to auditions.”
On bringing this year’s event to CSz Philadelphia, Cortes adds, “It’s a challenge to see how we can keep up continual engagement through performances and education. How can we continue to bring in underrepresented performers and students? How do we get to a point where a POC/CSz event is something we do just as a celebration instead of the centerpiece of our engagement and outreach?”
CSz Philadelphia’s 2018 aPOCalypse Weekend offers audience members and performers alike a unique opportunity to witness, and to present, too-often-overlooked talent in improvised comedy.
ComedySportz® Philadelphia is a professional ensemble that’s been performing fast-paced, competitive improv comedy for everyone since 1992. Their home “matches,” every Saturday at 7:30 and 10 pm, are great for the whole family, great for business entertainment, and great for groups of all types.
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CSz Philadelphia, ComedySportz’s parent organization, offers a wide variety of improv comedy shows as well as expert training for performers, educators, business professionals, and others.
aPOCalypse Weekend 2018
Improv comedy shows featuring people of color
Friday, October 12 at 10 pm: FREE improv Jam featuring Supreme Court Justice and American Express. CSz Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 and 10 pm: ComedySportz POC matches. CSz Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $20 general admission/ $15 for students, seniors, and military.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONTACT: Erica Gooch