True Fiction Magazine
This ensemble pushed the envelope of improvisation, exploring new and exciting styles of storytelling. A TFM performance was a full evening of long-form spontaneous theatre, as the troupe takes titles suggested by the audience and creates stories which move forward and backward in time, interweave and intersect, until the final resolution. Group critics call "collaborative narrative genius."
This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2006 - 2007 archived pages and other outside sources.
As of 2012 TFM was still performing. But where are they now?
True Fiction Magazine
San Francisco, California 94110
About True Fiction Magazine
True Fiction Magazine continues to push the envelope of improvisation, exploring new and exciting styles of storytelling. A TFM performance is a full evening of spontaneous theatre, as the troupe takes titles suggested by the audience and creates stories which move forward and backward in time, interweave and intersect, until the final resolution. Of over 6,000 stories told, they've never repeated one. Each show is unique: it has never been seen before and will never be seen again. TFM's inspiration is the hard-bitten, emotion-driven fiction found in the pulp stories of the 30's and 40's, tempered by their own comic sensibilities, resulting in a myriad of unusual characters and the worlds they live in.
Outside of its home base in San Francisco, TFM enjoyed a lengthy, critically-acclaimed run in Los Angeles in 1997 and expanded its scope internationally, participating in a week-long theater festival in Tampere, Finland, performing two shows to capacity crowds at the city theater and conducting workshops in long-form improvisation with improvisors and actors from all over Scandinavia and northern Europe. to link to our review page, which includes an article from the Helsinki paper and a reviews from other well respected sources.)
In addition to its work in theaters, TFM is available for corporate and private parties and events. Past clients include Pacific Bell, the Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, and Treadwell & Rollo.
Diane Rachel (née Barry) started improvising in 1976 with a commedia del' arte troupe in Sterling Forest, NY. She has a BA in acting, and has performed in venues such as the Edmonton Fringe Festival, New York Theatresports Tournament, Seattle Bumbershoot Festival and HBO's Melrose Theatre in Los Angeles. Diane is an actor and a teacher of improvisation. She has been with the group that is now True Fiction Magazine for over seven years.
Regina Saisi is an improvisor and actor. She has been seen at the Magic Theatre in their productions of "The Promise," "Oscar and Bertha," "Watch Your Back" and "Sirens." She co-created and performed "Mysterious Ways," a one-woman show, at the Phoenix Theatre. Over the past few years, Regina has been teaching improvisation to inner city youth. She has directed and performed with True FIction Magazine since its inception.
Barbara Scott, a founding member of TFM, began improvising with street theatre in 1976, and has since performed (inside) with Screaming Memes Comedy, Femprov, Faultline, Comedy Underground, and Bay Area TheatreSports.. She toured the US with the Memes, and Europe with Pros From Dover. She's also an improv teacher with American Conservatory Theatre and Theatresports., a voiceover/ movie/commercial /trade show actor, can be seen wrangling a pit bull in Getting Even With Dad, and is on permanent video display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, bravely wearing a dive suit.
True Fiction Magazine includes special guest performers in each show.
True Fiction Magazine on the Radio
True Fiction Magazine performs regularly on Sedge Thomson's internationally syndicated radio program West Coast Live. Taking suggestions from the audience, TFM improvises a story complete with sound effects and music.
Select a title:
Why Go West
John, The Boy With One Kidney
True Fiction Magazine, originally inspired by the over-blown passions of the 30s and 40s pulp novels, takes improvised theatre to new heights each year. Pushing the realm of storytelling, TFM takes the audience on a wild ride into unknown territory that titilates the senses and blows the mind.
"Inspired invention!" -San Francisco Chronicle
"Surreal inventive plots!" -Los Angeles Times
"An immensely satisfying theatrical experience!" -Daily Variety
Friday, March 16, 2007, 8 p.m. - The Bayfront Theater, San Francisco - BATS Improv Long-Form Festival -Tickets/Info
April 1-7, 2007 - Belgium's 5th International Improvisation Theatre Festival -
Friday, August 28 2006, 8 p.m. - The Bayfront Theater, San Francisco
BATS Improv's Annual Summer Improv Festival
Friday & Saturday, September 8-9 2006, 8 p.m. - The Bayfront Theater, San Francisco
True Fiction Magazine, originally inspired by the over-blown passions of the 30s and 40s pulp novels, takes improvised theatre to new heights each year.
Pushing the realm of storytelling, TFM takes the audience on a wild ride into unknown territory that titilates the senses and blows the mind.
Cast: Diane Rachel, Barbara Scott, Regina Saisi, Paul Killam, Rafe Chase, and Tim Orr.
Friday & Saturday, October 27-28 2006, 8 p.m. - The Bayfront Theater, San Francisco - Annual Halloween Shows - Tickets/Info Coming Soon
Sunday, December 31 2006 - Legion of Honor, San Francisco - Annual New Year's Eve Show - Tickets/Info Coming Soon