Tragedy of Tragedies!


On August 15-16, IF will present a staged reading of Henry Fielding’s Tragedy of Tragedies, or The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great.  But to do that, we need actors.  If you’re interested in taking part in our staged reading, email me at   Susie Johnson will be Assistant Director for this show, which will be held in Gorgas 205 on UA’s campus.


You can find the script here.

However, Fielding wrote some fraudulent footnotes that are not including in the script.  Hilarious footnotes.  If you’re into that sorta thing, try to find the full text online.

IF’s Spring 2012 lineup

This spring, IF will produce two staged readings: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well at the Greensboro Room on Feb. 15-16, and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata in late March (date and location TBA).

If you’re interested in reading for All’s Well, email Nic Helms at

If you’re interested in reading for Lysistrata, email Steve Burch at

And if you want information about IF’s recent productions, check out

IF: Fall lineup and casting call

I’m excited to announce that this semester Improbable Fictions is sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, the UA Dept. of English, and the UA College of Arts and Sciences.  That means that we’ll be able to hold all our readings this fall in the Greensboro Room of the Bama Theatre.  We’re also expanding our season to include the ancient Greeks as well as Shakespeare.  Our readings will be the following:

Euripides’ Hecuba
directed by Steve Burch (
Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm

Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
directed by Mark Hughes Cobb (
Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm

Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens
directed by Nic Helms (
Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm

If you’re interested in picking up a script and reading for one of our events, please email the director of the show you’re interested in with your contact info, a brief theatrical bio, and any preferences as to part.  If we’re not familiar with your previous theatre work (or if you haven’t done any!), fret not: Improbable Fictions is always open to newcomers, and one of our directors can easily schedule an informal audition.  Rehearsals for each staged reading will be the Monday-Wednesday of the week of the performance.

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Infinite Monkeys

It might be possible for an infinite number of monkeys, given an infinite amount of time and bananas, to peck out Shakespeare’s Hamlet on a few well-maintained typewriters.  Fortunately, Improbable Fictions does not require an infinite number of actors to stage a reading of Shakespeare’s most produced play.  In point of fact, we need only fourteen actors to complete this probability-defying feat.  If you’re interested in participating in a staged reading of Hamlet in late April (most likely Thursday, April 21), send an email to <>.  Please briefly note your theatre experience (though none is required), your interest in particular roles, and any other skills Improbable Fictions should know about (singing, stage combat, ownership of a black box theatre, etc.).  The subject line of the email should read “Hamlet casting.”

A few good actors really are hard to find (and pin down), especially mid-semester, and thus Improbable Fiction’s shows tend to be cast not by audition but by directorial choice.  If we can find more actors than typewriters…I mean, more actors than roles, then there may be auditions.