Ward 1 Councilmember Nadeau is getting into improv.
Nadeau will appear as a guest in the first installment of “The October Issue,” a Washington Improv Theater show inspired by women’s magazines and starring an all-woman cast. The show will be held at Source (1835 14th St. NW) on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.
During the show, which is being put on as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the cast will “deliver an unvarnished look at life from a woman’s perspective by way of articles, interviews, quizzes, photo-shoots, horoscopes, advice columns, and a lot of unnecessary tips,” according to a press release.
Nadeau will show up in the second half of the show and answer off-the-cuff questions.
“They came to me with the idea,” Nadeau said. “My sister used to do improv in school, too, so it’s definitely something I’ve always been a fan of.”
But don’t expect the councilmember to take audience suggestions or act out ideas from a hat.
“In this scenario, I’ll get to play it straight,” Nadeau said. “They’re going to interview me and I’m really just going to answer their questions without trying to be too funny. They’ll do something funnier about what they’ve learned about me.”
Nadeau added that appearing in the show is more of an outreach tool than a new career choice.
“One of the things I try to do is be very real with my constituents and get to know them on a personal level, so I think this is another opportunity for that while supporting one of our great arts institutions,” said the councilmember.
When asked whether she’d consider quitting politics and pursuing a career in the arts, Nadeau responded, “I think I should probably stick to what I’m good at, which is bringing people together around community issues. But we’ll see. You never know.”
Advance tickets are $15.
Photo and video courtesy of Washington Improv Theater