Interested in what makes people tick, real-life couple Eric Nepom and Aden (Kirschner) Nepom explore all of the different ways other peoples relationships form through very committed character and scene work and a delicately crafted mining for information from brave audience couples who are willing to volunteer. What you see in a Manacle show depends on the relationships that wish to be viewed on any given night as these two strive to give you a theatrical experience that feels as though each moment was carefully blocked, scripted, choreographed and rehearsed while still finding ways to surprise, break and delight each other. Aden and Eric have been performing improvisational theatre for over a combined 50! They have created programming, taught, and performed in shows and festivals around the world. Recognized for outstanding skills in theatre, speech, communication and development these two share a passion for committed character work, grounded platform building and that moment where one realizes that anything can happen in improv!
Manacle creates an improvised short play based on a story found in the audience. Eric and Aden take a few minutes at the top of every show to interview a real-life couple sitting in the crowd. Using their information, Manacle improvises a theatrically crafted performance that, complete with leads and with supporting characters, gives you a voyeuristic glimpse into the audience couple’s feelings, experiences and history. Whoever they get the story from, Manacle strives to give you a stage performance that feels as though each moment has been blocked, scripted, choreographed and rehearsed while still finding ways to surprise, break and delight each other.
WHO WE ARE
Eric Nepom is the Artistic Director and Educator for Infinite Improv! He has performed and created improv programs all over the world, from community performance, to educational classes and even large corporate training workshops as well as acted and directed in professional stage, television and film productions. His love of improv came from the desire to create. Improvisational theatre allows a person to express emotions, characters and feelings without the confines of a script or set pieces. For over 25 years Eric brings the skills he has acquired and created to the world to help anybody in every situation.
With nearly thirty years of experience on stage, Aden Nepom has been winning awards and recognition for her abilities since she was six years old. For the last decade, she has been a fixture in the exploding Austin, TX improv community as a beloved singer, improviser and a faculty member of the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation. Labeled as “The funniest person in Austin,” by former Second City L.A. Director Tom Booker, she is a cast member of B. Iden Payne Award winners, Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musical Comedy, an alum of world famous vaudeville revue: Esther’s Follies (where she spent the majority of 2011 wearing huge wigs, singing big songs and getting massive laughs). Now, thrilled to be rejoining the trees, rain and fog as a resident of Oregon, Aden can be found playing with Manacle as a member of Infinite Improv!