New Television Workshop Collection

New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsRockefeller Artists-in-Television



Proposition, The

Copyright Date:
1972?

Copyright Holder:
Copyright holder is unidentified.

Artist:
Albert, Alan

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Background:
Although files on the Workshop's early years list "The Proposition" as a Rockefeller Artists-in-Television project, nothing in the credits of the work itself confirms this.

Scope:
Includes a 2" master, Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters, and a VHS screening copy.

In "The Proposition" an improvisational comedy troupe creates skits on the spot with audience participation. The four performers ask the viewing audience (who call in their suggestions) to supply key concepts or images, and work them into their structure on the spot. The works that follow are part mime, part satire, and part musical comedy. In one skit, one of the performers hosts a panel discussion between representative students from various nations, discussing the mining of Hai-Phong Bay. In the grand finale, a roto-rooter and a sign painter fall in love in a musical send-up.

Diane Bulgarelli accompanies the improvisations on piano.



Director:
Barzyk, Fred

Producers:
Barzyk, Fred
Tappan, Olivia (Associate Producer)

Performers:
Baker, Ray
Burns, Shelly
Jutkowitz, John
Albert, Alan



Subjects:
Improvisation (Acting)


Genres:
Audience participation programs
Live shows
Parodies
Comedies





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