Peter Leue’s large-scale Erector Set at the Marion Royael Gallery in Beacon. Leue broke the piece down just days before the MoHu Fest to turn it into “Crossroads of the Imagination.”
It was a “very successful experiment,” Burns said, so much so that MopCo is repeating it this year. MoHu will also include two of the Mop and Bucket Co.’s regularly scheduled shows at Proctors, called Underground at Proctors. On Friday, Oct. 12, MopCo will do both a Capital Repertory show and a Proctors show.
It continues MopCo’s busy year. During track season, MopCo offered shows at the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga, another experiment that went so well that MopCo would like to duplicate it.
“We filled the ballroom,” Burns said. “We had a wonderful time. Saratoga is just so much fun in the summer.”
Nothing is set in stone as far as a return engagement, but MopCo has plenty on its plate. In addition to MoHu and the Proctors show, Koppett and Burns have seen an uptick in local businesses that want to integrate improv into their training, and it’s being taught at area colleges such as Skidmore and RPI.
Improv’s popularity is “a long time coming,” Burns said, and it’s something he and Koppett embrace, even though competing improv groups may pop up. It probably sounds strange, Burns acknowledged; it’s kind of like a Sunoco station owner being excited that a Mobil is opening down the street.
“But it really is the more, the merrier,” he said. “More and more, what we’re looking to do is develop a scene.”
MopCo will perform Underground at Proctors on Friday, Oct. 5 and 12, during the MoHu Festival, as part of its regular Friday night performances. It will stage roughly 45-minute shows at Capital Rep on Tuesday, Oct. 9; Thursday, Oct. 11; Friday, Oct. 12; and Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information, visit mopco.org.
Crute’s studio will be open Monday, Oct. 8, from noon to 7 p.m. It’s at 70-B Beekman St. For more information, visit sharoncrute.com.
Leue will be at MoHu’s kickoff party, MoHu Takes Flight, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, before breaking down his piece and bringing it back to his studio to work on its next incarnation. For more information on his work, visit peterleuedesignercraftsman.com.
For more information on MoHu, including a full schedule of events, visit www.mohufest.com.