ImprovAcadia opens 12th season



Declan Murphy

Declan Murphy

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island’s improvisational performance company, ImprovAcadia, will bring their zany shenanigans back to town when their 12th season opens on Friday, May 22, at their cozy 50 seat theater on Cottage Street.

Since the nightclub first opened a dozen years ago, cast members, representing some of the finest professional improvisational performers in the country, have created more than 2,500 hilarious and unique shows for audiences from all over the world.

This season should be no exception as co-directors Jennifer Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut head up a stellar opening cast of largely Chicago-based improvisers. Among them is MDI native Declan Murphy, who will perform throughout the season. On May 23, special guest Mike Kosinski, who has just finished shooting the first season of a new sitcom series for TV Land, will join the cast for the week.

Reached in Vancouver on the last day of shooting for his new sitcom “Impaster,” Kosinski said he is thrilled to be returning to Bar Harbor to help launch the new season.

“I really love Bar Harbor, love ImprovAcadia and especially love Larrance and Jen, who are a terrific team to work with.”

Mike Kosinski

Mike Kosinski

He said he met the couple while they all were performing on a cruise ship off Hawaii.

The three, who all were trained in Chicago’s famed Second City, have crossed paths many times since that happy encounter at sea. Three years ago, Kosinski joined the ImprovAcadia cast for a week or so. He said he has wanted to do a return engagement ever since.

Kosinski said it will be fun after several months of working on a scripted comedy to return to his think-on-your-feet improv roots.

He said he got into acting when his homeroom high school teacher back in Illinois tapped him to replace a cast member of a show she was directing. He became hooked on theater and eventually ended up training in Chicago at all the legendary places that continue to spawn many of the cast members of “Saturday Night Live.”

Tall and gangly, Kosinski’s goofy stage presence makes his serious good looks more approachable and fun. While working in Chicago last year, he caught the eye of a casting agent for TV Land, a cable network that is making a foray into its own scripted programming.

“I’m playing opposite Michael Rosenbaum, who is probably best known as Lex Luthor from the show “Smallville,” he said. “Although he’s playing another bad guy here, too, he’s a very funny guy.”

“Impaster” is set to debut in mid-July.

 

Nan Lincoln

Nan Lincoln

The former arts editor at the Bar Harbor Times writes reviews and feature stories for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.

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